International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Urban Community Action Planning Inspires Teenagers to Transform Their Community and Their Identity

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This paper discusses the way a participatory community development technique, Urban Community Action Planning (UCAP), transformed a group of city teenagers into community planners. This teen group, Teen Inspirators, On the Move, formed in response to a community need for more youth activities and programming. This need was identified during a Community Planning Initiative sponsored by the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Teen Inspirators committed themselves to revitalizing their community and changing their own image in the neighborhood. Participatory planning techniques gave youth the voice, power, and tools to accomplish these goals. © 2000 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Journal of Community Practice

Publication Date

5-31-2000

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

29

Last Page

45

ISSN

1070-5422

DOI

10.1300/J125v07n02_02

Keywords

participatory planning, urban teenagers and community development

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