221.640.01 CHILDREN IN CRISIS: AN ASSET-BASED APPROACH TO WORKING WITH VULNERABLE YOUTH
Exposes students to domestic and international youth welfare issues and interventions focused on violence, juvenile justice, education and refugee resettlement through service learning pedagogy. Emphasizes personal narratives, experienced practitioners, community members, asset-based community development, and direct youth engagement. Highlights commonalities between international and domestic youth challenges. Class sessions feature discussion, youth voices, expert lectures, and examination of existing programs. Also requires students to work with a youth development organization in Baltimore throughout the term to engage with the community, observe issues discussed in class, and reflect on ways to positively impact youth world-wide. Among others, community placements include programs serving refugee youth, juvenile offenders, out-of-school youth and disadvantaged urban students. JHSPH students, together with youth from their placement, deliver a final presentation.
At the end of this course students should be able to: 1) describe a "children in crisis" issue (in any part of the world); in describing the issue, mention the age and gender of the children involved as well as the short- and long-term risks to their welfare; 2) describe some of the social, political, and economic conditions that place the children in this crisis situation and perpetuate their at-risk status; 3) briefly describe one or more ways in which you might be able to develop plans to help children currently experiencing this crisis; and 4) briefly describe one or more ways in which you might be able to develop plans to prevent children from being victims of this particular type of crisis in the future.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the social, political and economic conditions that place children in crisis situations and perpetuate their at-risk status
Demonstrate how to utilize an asset-based community development model
Define and apply the concept of allophilia as it relates to service learning, community engagement and youth programming
Identify similarities/differences between vulnerable youth circumstances in Baltimore and those in another part of the world while observing the global relevance of working in Baltimor
Recognize best practices in youth interventions from across contexts and explain ways to develop culturally responsible plans to help children currently experiencing crises
Investigate the use of youth voices and personal narratives in the development and improvement of youth programming, and as a supplement to traditional analytical and academic training at JHSPH
Inform, improve, and/or develop a project requested by the community organization by engaging directly with the youth to capture their perspectives and input
Develop a personal approach to working across cultures in the global context and in Baltimore by identifying personal tendencies, stereotypes, strengths and challenges.
Integrate one’s learning through the course towards motivations for intellectual, career, and volunteer pursuits
- Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30