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Toward Preventing Youth Violence: Engaging Urban Middle-School Students in Community Service Learning.

Sieving, Renee E., and Rachel Widome.

According to the 2004 Minnesota Student Survey, 46% of sixth-grade students in public schools in Minneapolis reported being kicked, bitten, or hit, and 58.5% reported being punched, shoved, or grabbed during the previous year. In a 2007 Minneapolis Public Schools survey, 33% of fifth graders reported that crime and violence were problems around their neighborhoods and schools. By any of these measures, violence involving youth is common. Bullying behaviors also fall along the continuum of violence. This article highlights research for Lead Peace, a middle-school service learning program developed by the Minneapolis Public School District that aims to enhance middle-school students' connectedness to and pro-social involvement in their schools and communities, and reduce students' involvement in violence and early substance use. Through Lead Peace, students actively participate during their sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade years in community service designed to meet authentic community needs. Weekly classes provide structured time for preparation and reflection before, during, and after students' service activities.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by a grant from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program. Additional funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
38 (1): 12-17
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Reporter 38 (1)