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Children in Crisis: An Asset-Based Approach to Working With Vulnerable Youth

East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 7:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Terri Powell

Uses experienced practitioners, community leaders, and community members to expose students to a wide range of domestic youth welfare issues and interventions through an asset lens. Utilizing an asset-based approach, the class highlights domestic youth challenges and aims to expose students to thoughts, voices, and perspectives from a variety of different backgrounds. Class sessions feature ample discussion, expert lecturers, youth voices, and an examination of existing programs in and out of Baltimore City.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the social, political and economic conditions that place children in crisis situations and perpetuate their at-risk status
  2. Demonstrate how to utilize an asset-based approach to working with youth in different contexts
  3. Identify similarities/differences between vulnerable youth circumstances in Baltimore and those in other parts of the US
  4. Recognize best practices in youth interventions from across contexts
Methods of Assessment:

Reflection 1 (Interview) - 17%
Thesis Statement & Annotated Bibliography - 25%
Reflection 2 (Community Meeting) - 17%
Final Group Presentation - 25%
Brief Article Reviews - 16%

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduates. Undergrad consent will not be granted until the first day of class. Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the first day.

For consent, contact:

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

Students have the option to participate in a 100- hour Practicum component associated with this course. Students will be connected with a pre-selected Baltimore-based youth organization. They will work with the community contact person to engage youth program in a service-learning project. Students interested in the Practicum component should contact Kristen Wright ( at SOURCE. Students will be required to apply in advance, then register for the main course (380.640 - 3rd term only) and Practicum component (SOURCE Special Studies code for 2 credits, 380.840 - 3rd and 4th term).