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Friday, April 6 • 7:15am - 8:00am
FR7.15.06 Positive Youth Development Strategies in Mixed-Income Developments

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Based on both theory and evidence, youth should be the biggest beneficiaries of a move to a mixed-income development. New longitudinal research by economist Raj Chetty and colleagues (2015) proves that children who were under age 13 experienced significant and long-term educational, health, and economic benefits when their families moved out of poverty-concentrated public housing developments through the Moving to Opportunity programs. However, there has been no comparable longitudinal research on the impacts of living in mixed-income developments on youth. In addition, research and practitioners found that youth (defined by the United Nations as ages 15 to 24) are often sources of friction and targets of surveillance and exclusionary treatment (Chaskin, Sichling, & Joseph, 2013; Clampet-Lundquist, Edin, Kling, & Duncan, 2011).

Successful, inclusionary mixed-income development should leverage the opportunity to break the generational cycle of poverty by engaging and empowering youth. Yet, few mixed-income developments have a comprehensive positive youth development strategy, designed for urban realities of race and class stigma, and customized to a mixed-income context. The scan of the field sought to address this gap by studying five mixed-income developments with exemplary positive youth development strategies to document and contrast their approaches, describe their evolution and achievements, explore the challenges of effective youth engagement and identify best practices and implications for mixed-income policy and practice.

An in-depth case study approach was used to examine exemplary approaches to positive youth development in mixed-income developments. Five mixed-income developments participated in this scan: Park Boulevard in Chicago, IL, Regent Park in Toronto, Canada, Heritage Park in Minneapolis, MN, New Columbia in Portland, OR and Villages of East Lake in Atlanta, GA.

Taryn Gress, Case Western Reserve University

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Taryn Gress

Project Coordinator for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Case Western Reserve University
mixed-income development, affordable housing, community and social development

Friday April 6, 2018 7:15am - 8:00am EDT
Grand East (Lower Concourse--2 floors below lobby)