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Diversity Resources for Working with Urban Audiences

Updated on June 26, 2015 - 6:49 AM CDT
Posted on May 8, 2015 - 2:47 PM CDT

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NOTE: Resources compiled by Rikki Shackelford, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab.


Richard L. Curwin. 2010. Meeting Students Where They Live. Alexandria, VA: ASDC.
Teaching in an urban environment is different, and what teachers need is a broader range of strategies for increasing student involvement and stopping all the interference and distractions. Richard L. Curwin delivers that in spades with this book for every urban educator. Drawing from his many years in education and interviews with countless numbers of teachers, the author of the ASCD classic Discipline with Dignity explains what problems are unique to the urban environment, why urban youth are more difficult to motivate and how to replace ineffective approaches with methods that relate to these students’ everyday experiences.

Melvin Delgado. March 2000. New Arenas for Community Social Work Practice with Urban Youth: Use of the Arts, Humanities, and Sports. New York: Columbia University Press.
This book urges professionals who work with urban youth to develop or rediscover innovative, capacity-enhancing, community-based approaches for engaging young people in activities that systematically build on their talents and energy. Delgado argues that these interventions must be grounded in the community and conceptualized and implemented by the community in order for the youths to become potential community assets rather than a drain on the on the family and community.

Louise Archer, Sumi Hollingworth, Heather Mendick. June 2010. Urban Youth and Schooling. UK: Open University Press.
This book critically engages with contemporary notions of 'at risk' youth. It explores the complexity of urban young people's relationships with education and schooling and discusses strategies for addressing these issues. Drawing on a two year study of urban 14-16 year olds, educational professionals and parents, the book focuses in depth on the views and experiences of ethnically diverse young Londoners who had been identified by their schools as 'at risk of dropping out of education' and as 'unlikely to progress into post-16 education'.

Sally Nash. April 2008  A Theology for Urban Youth Work. UK: Lulu Enterprises.
Dr Sally Nash develops a theology for urban youth work. She does this by combining a brilliant analysis of incarnation youth ministry theory - most especially kenosis - and example from the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She also grounds her work in the organizational ministry of Youth for Christ.


Ed Lewis, Jacob Mukherjee. June 2014. Demanding the Impossible? An Experiment in Engaging Urban Working Class Youth with Radical Politics
This article was originally published in Interface: a journal for and about social movements, as part of their new issue 'Reinventing emancipation in the 21st century: the pedagogical practices of social movements.

William Harms Dec. 2010. Urban Youth Cope with Neighborhood Violence in Diverse Ways. Experiences with violence cause teens growing up in dangerous neighborhoods to adopt a range of coping strategies, with notable impact whether the violence takes place at home, among friends or during police incidents, a University of Chicago study shows.

Brian Daly, Ph.D., Cindy Buchanan, Ph.D., Kimberly Dasch, Ph.D., Dawn Eichen, M.A., and Clare Lenhart, MPH, CHES The Prevention Researcher,  Promoting School Connectedness Among Urban Youth of Color: Reducing Risk Factors While Promoting Protective Factors

Harris Program on Child Psychiatry. Child Development, and Social Policy, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT. Dr. Schwab-Stone and Ms. Voyce are with the Yale Child Study Center. Drs. Chen and Greenberger are with the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Silver and Dr. Lichtman are with the Yale University School of Medicine. Violence Exposure on Urban Youth

MARY E. SCHWAB-STONE, M.D. TIM S. AYERS, PH.D. WESLEY KASPROW, PH.D. CHARLENE VOYCE, M.P.H., CHARLES BARONE, PH.D., TIMOTHY SHRIVER, M.A., ROGER P. WEISSBERG, PH.D. No Safe Haven: A Study of Violence Exposure in an Urban Community. To examine levels of violence exposure and reports of feeling unsafe in relation to psychological and behavioral characteristics for a general population sample of youths from an urban setting.



Youth Speaks Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. We are urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms.

The College Bound Brotherhood increases the college readiness, access, persistence, and completion of African American young men from the San Francisco Bay Area.

 Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in STEM and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

SMD projects serving Urban Audiences:

Center for Earth and Climate Science Education

City University of New York and Goddard Space Flight Center Heliophysics Education Consortium: Academic Year Research Experience in Heliophysics/Space Weather

Solar Dynamics Observatory HMI Instrument - Data In the Classroom

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes

IBEX Space Explorers Afterschool Science Club



Space Telescope High School Internship Program

Van Allen Probes: Space Academy

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