Journal of Community Practice
Taylor & Francis
This article reveals possibilities to expand the role of youth within ecosocial work practice. The Where I Stand Youth Summit held in Chicago, Illinois, provided a safe space for young people to reflect upon their understanding of, and roles within, social and environmental justice movements. Drawing upon critical youth empowerment theory and participant observation, we note that youth shared experiences of oppression across unique social identities, while displaying authentic communication, acceptance, and desire for solidarity. Re-defining what knowledge matters, along with intention and self-restoration, also emerged as critical to building young people’s agency and power to effect social change.
Schusler, Tania; Krings, Amy; and Hernández, Melissa. Integrating Youth Participation and Ecosocial Work: New Possibilities to Advance Environmental and Social Justice. Journal of Community Practice, 27, 3-4: 460-475, 2019. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, Social Work: School of Social Work Faculty Publications and Other Works, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2019.1657537
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