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Urban Youth Trauma


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Part I: Context Setting Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview Chapter 2: Definition of Trauma and Urban Trauma Chapter 3: Demographics and Urban Youth of Color Chapter 4: The Extent of the Problem: Urban Trauma Related Statistics Part II: Foundation for Urban Youth Community Interventions Chapter 5: Guiding Principles and Values Chapter 6: Community Capacity Enhancement/Nontraditional Settings Chapter 7: Intersectionality and Urban Youth of Color Part III: Urban Community Interventions This section will specifically focus on community intervention that have particular appeal to youth of color and community institutions. It is important to note that each of these chapters will have case illustrations to concretize key concepts raised in the previous two sections. It is important that community youth have a wide range of choices as to projects because of a range of issues, talents, and needs. This section will provide readers with a range of projects that illustrate the central thrust of this proposed book. Not every organization can or will provide a range of projects. However, collectively there may be a comprehensive system that can be put in place over a period of time to take into account local circumstances and demographics. Urban communities with high numbers of youth who are undocumented will emphasize certain projects over others, for example. Chapter 8: Art, Murals, and Healing Community Gardens Chapter 9: Social Justice Activism Chapter 10: Houses of Worship Chapter 11: Citizen Journalism and Photovoice tChapter 12: Recommendations Epilogue

About the Author

Dr. Melvin Delgado, M.S.W, Ph.D., is professor of social work at Boston University School of Social Work. He is the former Chair of Macro Practice. He has over forty years of practice, research, and scholarship focused on urban population groups, specifically within the Latinx community. Dr. Delgado's research has addressed a variety of social issues and needs, and he has published over thirty books on urban community practice topics. He is currently the series editor on Social Justice and Youth Community Practice, Oxford University Press.


This book is personal, powerful and prolific. The author pulls the curtain back and shows readers America's violent structures and polices that fuel neighborhood trauma in communities of color. A rallying call for social workers to organize around this important social justice issue. -- Dexter R. Voisin, University of Chicago

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