At last month's Emerging Adulthood conference in Tucson, Arizona (see summary in my previous posting below), a speaker in the same session with me gave a presentation on how a Tucson youth club helps to promote civic engagement and empowerment in young people. University of Arizona researcher Joyce Serido, whose co-author was Lynne Borden, gave a talk at the conference entitled, "From Program Participant To Community Activist: A Developmental Journey." The abstract from the EA conference talk is available here, alphabetically within the letter S, whereas the abstract from a similar presentation elsewhere is available here (bottom of p. 11).
In the Q & A session after the talks, several audience members wanted to know more about the youth club at the center of Joyce's presentation. In response, she stated that the club is called "Skrappy's," and that it puts on performances by music bands, among other activities. As stated in the group's My Space page (ALL CAPS in original):
SKRAPPY'S IS MORE THAN A PLACE FOR MUSIC- IT IS A YOUTH COMMUNITY. SKRAPPY'S IS A SAFE, POSITIVE, DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO FREELY EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH MUSIC, THEATRE, ART, JOURNALISM, DANCE AND LIFESTYLES. SKRAPPY'S ENCOURAGES YOUTH TO EMBRACE WHO THEY ARE AND HELPS THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS.
YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED AT SKRAPPY'S LEARN VALUABLE LIFE AND SOCIAL SKILLS. WHETHER THEY ARE HELPING RUN THE CENTER, PLAYING IN A BAND OR PARTICIPATING IN A CLASS ACTIVITY, THEY INCREASE THEIR SELF-ESTEEM, REFINE LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND STRENGTHEN THEIR SENSE OF COMMUNITY.