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You Can't Be What You Can't See: The Power of Opportunity to Change Young Lives

Milbrey W. McLaughlin
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard Education Press, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9781682531525, 168253152X, 9781682531532, 1682531538
Summary
"You Can't Be What You Can't See" presents a rare longitudinal account of the benefits of a high-quality, out-of-school program on the life trajectories of hundreds of poor, African American youth who grew up in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project in the 1980s and early '90s. The result of a five-year research project by Stanford scholar Milbrey McLaughlin, the book documents what happened to more than 700 Cabrini-Green youth two decades after they attended the Community Youth Creative Learning Experience (CYCLE), a comprehensive after-school program offering tutoring, enrichment, scholarships, summer camps, and more. Through data collection, and in-depth interviews with participants and staff, she finds that almost all had graduated high school and escaped poverty, and so had their children. McLaughlin describes the design principles as well as the core features of the program that participants say were key to their success: mentoring, exposure to activities and resources beyond their neighborhood, and a culture of belonging in which staff committed to "never give up on a kid." The recollections and accomplishments of CYCLE alums, McLaughlin argues, challenge current assumptions about the enduring effects of poverty and highlight the power of opportunity "to imagine and take a different path." "You Can't Be What You Can't See" offers lessons for policy makers, educators, community activists, funders, and others interested in learning what makes a youth organization effective for low-income, marginalized children.--
Contents
  • Growing up in Cabrini-Green
  • The CYCLE program
  • Starting CYCLE
  • Tutoring: opportunities for growth
  • Junior staff: opportunities for leadership
  • Scholarships: opportunities for success
  • The I Have A Dream scholarship program
  • The college opportunity scholarship program: class of 1995
  • Turning points for CYCLE youth
  • Exposure: you can't be what you can't see
  • Mentors: someone to walk with
  • A community of belonging: a good gang
  • Learning from CYCLE
  • A community of practice
  • The power of opportunities to change lives.
Description
ix, 267 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-241) and index.
Technical Details
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