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

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 7:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Terri Powell
Course Instructor s:

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. Using an asset-based approach, the class highlights domestic youth challenges (e.g., disconnection, homelessness, LGBTQ status and justice involvement) 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 perpetuate young people’s at-risk status as well as their needs, assets and capacities that impact their health
  2. Design a population-based intervention applying an asset-based approach to working with youth in different contexts
  3. Apply best practices in youth interventions from across contexts including awareness of cultural values and practices
Methods of Assessment:

Reflection #1 (Interview) - 20%
Population, Health Issue & Context Summary - 10%
Previous Intervention Efforts Paper - 20%
Reflection #2 (Community Meeting) - 20%
Final Group Presentation - 30%

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 128-hour Practicum component associated with this course. Students will be required to apply in advance with Tyler Derreth ( at SOURCE by November 1st. For the practicum, students will be connected with a pre-selected Baltimore-based youth organization. They will work with the community contact person to engage in a service-learning project. Students participating in the practicum must register for both the main course (380.640 - 3rd term only) and Practicum component (SOURCE Special Studies code for 2 credits, 380.840 - 3rd and 4th term).