Warner Lunch Hour - Freedom Schools as Settings for Youth Development: Identifying Community Based Assets and Accountability Criteria

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, 215 LeChase

The research reported seeks to influence and possibly disrupt academic and social trajectories that maintain social, academic, and economic inequities. Results are from the first year of a 2-year case study of social and academic development of youth ages 8-18 in a Children’s Defense Fund-sponsored Freedom School (FS) summer program provided by North East Area Development (NEAD), a not-profit in northeast Rochester, NY. The goal of this case study is to examine social and academic development of FS students using indicators/criteria grounded in community goals and standards for their school-aged children. Specifically, in collaboration with FS participants, we are working to 1) examine FS social and cultural resources that support positive youth development and 2) to develop related community asset-based goals and standards for FS youth social and academic development. The conceptual framework is Yosso’s (2005) work on community cultural wealth. This framework challenges traditional interpretations of Bourdieu’s cultural capital theory (Bourdieu & Passeron, 1977) as being too deterministic and focused on White, middle-class forms of capital. Yosso introduces CCW as an alternative concept to expand notions of capital and highlight those that are often found in non-dominant communities.

Presented by Nancy Ares, Associate Professor, Teaching & Curriculum, Warner School of Education and Jeremy Smith, NorthEast Area Development, Inc.

A light lunch of quiche and salad will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 pm. Program starts promptly at noon.

Tags: Freedom School, Nancy Ares, North East Area Development, Warner Wednesday Talk