A Rightful Place: Expanding the Role of Young People in a Democratic Society

A Rightful Place: Expanding the Role of Young People in a Democratic Society Cindy Carlson I remember special occasions at my grandmother's house. Aberdeen Leadership Group, local teens with a similar passion Amidst the hustle, bustle and preparation, we children were to make their neighborhood a better place. Trained in communiinvited to contribute in two ways: we could stay out of the kitchen cation and problem-solving skills, they were anxious to share and we could set the table. The second task we relished. The table ideas with their adult neighbors. Through the ensuing dialogue sat in the center of the tiny dining room; it was small, maybe four it became clear to the adult residents and city staff that the feet by six. But with company coming, the table could be young people didn't support the recreation center proposal. expanded by adding "leaves" -- sixteen inch-wide inserts that fit Their vision of community involved lower cost options such as into the center. The more company, the more leaves were added, a neighborhood gathering place and intergenerational unity and soon the table would magically expand to fill the room. This events. The resulting neighborhood plan built on the youth's was an exciting concept for the kids -- vision and potentially saved the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

A Rightful Place: Expanding the Role of Young People in a Democratic Society

The Good Society, Volume 13 (2) – Jun 1, 2004

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Cindy Carlson I remember special occasions at my grandmother's house. Aberdeen Leadership Group, local teens with a similar passion Amidst the hustle, bustle and preparation, we children were to make their neighborhood a better place. Trained in communiinvited to contribute in two ways: we could stay out of the kitchen cation and problem-solving skills, they were anxious to share and we could set the table. The second task we relished. The table ideas with their adult neighbors. Through the ensuing dialogue sat in the center of the tiny dining room; it was small, maybe four it became clear to the adult residents and city staff that the feet by six. But with company coming, the table could be young people didn't support the recreation center proposal. expanded by adding "leaves" -- sixteen inch-wide inserts that fit Their vision of community involved lower cost options such as into the center. The more company, the more leaves were added, a neighborhood gathering place and intergenerational unity and soon the table would magically expand to fill the room. This events. The resulting neighborhood plan built on the youth's was an exciting concept for the kids -- vision and potentially saved the

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2004

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