Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Urban Studies and Planning

First Advisor

Lisa Bates

Subjects

Young volunteers in community development -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Citizens' associations -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Regional planning -- Citizen participation

DOI

10.15760/honors.79

Abstract

This research addresses the intersection between youth engagement and Portland neighborhood associations, and explores future implications for young people’s civic engagement and participation in decisions that affect their lives. Since much of the literature on public participation does not specifically address young people’s assets or needs, this research provides an exploratory view on youth perceptions of place and neighborhood associations. Through semi-structured interviews, three members of the Multnomah Youth Commission, the official youth policy body for the City of Portland and Multnomah County, shared their insights, regarding current awareness of and future hopes for Portland neighborhood associations. The lack of awareness and youth engagement with these organizations raises important questions regarding youth-friendly outreach and relevance to current and future younger generations. This exploration provides a foundation for further research into these issues, which will shape opportunities for young people to build civic leadership and partnerships within our community.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Community Development

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11949

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