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Stephanie DeLuca - Coming of Age in the Other America

Monday, September 12, 2016 | Fact Sheet

 Coming of Age in the Other America, (DeLuca, Clampet-Lundquist, Edin)

 Research determined that Identity Projects:

  • Provide inner sustenance, meaning and purpose
  • Inspire grit – perseverance and passion for long-term goals
  • Provide a venue for youth to discover talents, bolster self-esteem, build leadership skills
  • Inspire a connection to like-minded others
  • Within institutional support, provide a sense of belonging and a supportive network of caring adults
  • Within institutional support, resulted in youth twice as likely to be on track after high school than youth with do-it-yourself or peer-subculture identity projects.

 Recommendations upon completion of study include: funding for the arts and other activities, both in school and out; increased career-focused learning communities, such as career academies.

 Continuing the Work - Advocacy Opportunities:

 Support arts in education and the Every Student Succeeds Act during National Arts In Education Week September 11-17, 2016: use the online letter at the Americans for the Arts Action Fund - www.votervoice.net/artsusa/campaigns/47752/Respond - to share why the arts matter in education. 

 Attend Writers LIVE: Kevin Shird, Uprising in the City: Made in America on September 14, 2016 at 6:30pm, Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (415 Park Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201) - www.prattlibrary.org

 Attend the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women Fall Agenda Conference on October 22, 2016.  MLAW is a statewide coalition of women's groups and individuals formed to provide a non-partisan, independent voice for Maryland women and families. The group advocates for progressive legislation and policy that promotes and protects the well being of Maryland women and their families and provides them opportunities to develop their full potential - www.mdlegagendaforwomen.org

 Stay Informed, Volunteer, Support organizations such as:

 The Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC), a partnership of more than 20 schools, organizations and religious institutions united by a mission and vision for public education in Baltimore City. The coalition organizes and mobilizes the Baltimore community, including organizations, parents, teachers, and students, and advocates for effective education reform policies and practices – www.mdoutofschooltime.org/resources/baltimore_education_coalition

 Maryland Education Coalition, dedicated to raising the academic achievement of students in Maryland public schools by promoting adequate funding and systemic accountability for improving results.  www.marylandeducationcoalition.org

 Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST), a statewide youth development organization, dedicated to more and better opportunities in the out of school hours for all of Maryland's young people – www.mdoutofschooltime.org

 Afterschool Alliance, working to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs – www.afterschoolalliance.org