Community Youth Development Service-Learning: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive
Monte Verde, P., Watkins, M., Enriquez, D., Nater-Vazquez, S., & Harris, Jr., J. C. (2019). Community youth development service-learning: Trauma-informed and culturally responsive. Journal of Youth Development, 14(2). Retrieved from http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/19-14-02-FA-06
As the demographics of the United States change, it is important for youth workers to be able to adapt. Most established forms of youth services model the norms and values of the dominant Western culture. To best engage with a complete spectrum of youth, it is vital to take their backgrounds into account. This means being trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and mindful of serving the whole community. This article demonstrates how these salient frameworks informed a partnership between service-learning university students and Puerto Rican youth who were displaced by Hurricane Maria in 2017.