1st Edition

Community Practice and Urban Youth
Social Justice Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

ISBN 9781138925984
Published November 18, 2015 by Routledge
262 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Community Practice and Urban Youth is for graduate level students in fields that offer youth studies and community practice courses. Practitioners in these fields, too, will find the book particularly useful in furthering the integration of social justice as a conceptual and philosophical foundation. The use of food, environmental justice, and immigrant-rights and the book’s focus on service-learning and civic engagement involving these three topics offers an innovative approach for courses.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Setting the Context 1. Overview 2. Urban Youth as a Focus 3. A Social Justice and Rights Perspective 4. Community Practice and Service-Learning 5. Community Practice and Civic Engagement Section II. Reflections from the Field 6. Youth and Immigrant-Rights 7. Youth and Environmental Justice 8. Youth and Food Justice 9. Cross-Cutting Themes

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Melvin Delgado is Professor of Social Work at Boston University where he is the Co-Director of the Center on Addictions Research and Services. He is the author of over 20 books.


Young people almost always play instrumental roles in social justice movements, and Melvin Delgado – easily among our most renowned scholars of youth and community – here makes yet another exceptional contribution to our understanding of the field, drawing upon empirical evidence in three contemporary movements in society.

-Dr Barry Checkoway, School of Social Work, University of Michigan


Using examples of civic engagement with diverse youth, Dr Melvin Delgado provides an innovative paradigm for environmentally focused social justice strategies aimed at promoting the engagement of urban youth in social activism and service learning.

-Dr Edgar Colon, Southern Connecticut State University