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Community-Based Youth Organizations Negotiating Educational and Social Equity: A Case Study
By Sara Hill, Ed.D.
The Robert Bowne Foundation
This case study reveals how one community-based youth development organization in the northeastern United States advocated for social and educational equity for the low-income families it served by challenging the local school district’s practice of referring low-income children of color to special education in disproportionate numbers. Because this community-based organization (CBO) is typical of many such youth-serving organizations, the case study shows how the assets CBOs bring to their communities can help them negotiate with schools to achieve greater social and educational equity for low-income families. The challenges and opportunities of school-CBO collaboration are outlined, with particular attention to the need to appropriate CBOs’ strong, culturally competent relationships with their program participants. 22 pages.

Publication Date

Spring 2004


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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