The Black Youth Project was launched in 2003 as a national research project. The goal was to examine the culture of African-American young people from ages 15 to 25. It is a project that investigates the attitudes of young people and how their environment affects their decision-making in areas including politics, sex and health.
Professor Cathy Cohen was the primary investigator and thought the data collected may be useful to educators, activists and African-American youths. She created the Black Youth Project online community.
Since then it has become a phenomenal resource for African-American youths to become activists in their communities and to reach out to other youths.
The site has created a popular Facebook fan page and youths are discussing and debating social and economic issues facing the African-American community.
The project is a valuable resource for community leaders and educators. It provides insight to the attitudes and behavior of African-American youths. It is important for communities to gain an understanding about how young people perceive their community and themselves.
Many schools, communities and politicians have lost touch with African-American youths and are struggling to find methods of connecting to this overlooked demographic. The Black Youth Project provides a wealth of research and information for those ready to reach out and gain an understanding of the struggles these young people face.
This project is a step in the right direction and it has found a means to connect with disillusioned African-American youths. This project also helps young people that are more fortunate help those that are not. It encourages activism and encourages young people to get involved in their communities.
The Black Youth Project is a valuable resource and it is succeeding in reaching and connecting with African-American youths. The project’s insights will help those that are out of touch find common ground to reach a population of young people that have been left behind.