Helping Non College Youth Become Engage Citizens

Non-college youth…are often left to find their way into responsible citizenship on their own.

Non-College Youth Webinar

Presented by
Shawn Ginwright, PhD
Peter Levine, PhD
Wanda Madison Minor, PhD

This webinar is designed to create awareness about the disparities that exist between services provided for and support given to college youth and those for non-college youth, 18-25 year olds.  The webinar will:  (1) describe the population of non-college youth and discuss why there is a need to focus on this group; (2) address the disparities that exist between these two groups of young adults; and (3) begin a conversation about what should be done to build a comprehensive framework that outlines the supports young adults need in order to become productive, responsible adults and helping them to acquire the civic, political, and life skills needed to become engaged citizens.

College youth (CY) are buttressed by human and institutional resources in place to nurture their civic, political, and social development while non-college youth (NCY) are often left to find their way into responsible citizenship on their own. NCY tend to vote less, volunteer less, exchange favors with neighbors less, work with neighbors to fix community problems less, and are less likely to participate in one or more groups as compared to their college-bound counterparts. NCY have fewer opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities or participate in service-learning activities while in school. The communities where they reside offer fewer organized activities and the ratio of children to adults is much higher in resource-stressed communities such as theirs. Society invests billions of dollars in CY and provides them with extensive support such as tuition and work study for higher education, scholarships, mentoring opportunities, institutional-sponsored civic engagement opportunities, etc.  More often than not, NCY fade into the background once they graduate from high school and are left to succeed or fail without appropriate training and without the human and institutional support they need to become successful.


Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1989, Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. In 2002 he also created the Research Collaborative on Youth Activism, a network of scholars- activist who study, advocate and support youth organizing efforts around the country. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Radical Healing, a newly formed institute dedicated to pioneering research and wellness practices that build the capacity of individuals and communities of color to sustain social change efforts. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.  Ginwright is the author of “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture” and co-editor Of beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth” and “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America”.

Peter Levine is Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Research director of Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. In the late 1990s, he was Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of Reforming the Humanities: Literature and Ethics from Dante through Modern Times (2009), The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (2007), three other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He also co-edited The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (2006) with John Gastil and Engaging Young People in Civic Life (2009) with Jim Youniss and co-organized the writing of The Civic Mission of Schools, a report released by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE in 2003 ( He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law, the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee’s for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

Wanda Madison Minor is principal of Madison Minor Group LLC located in Oakhurst, New Jersey and adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey.  In May 2011, she joined the National Issues Forums Institute (Dayton, OH) Board of Directors for a three-year term.  She also serves on the Advisory Council of Monmouth University’s Center for Human and Community Wellness and the National Advisory Council of the Alliance for Positive Youth Development.  Minor worked in both public education (K-12) and higher education. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with vulnerable youths and in program development, having served as director of program operations for a local affiliate of Girls Incorporated, coordinated an urban school district’s adult education programs for 10 years, and served as a certified trainer in afterschool programming by the Center for Early Adolescents Planning Program. Minor received a Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences (2008) with a concentration in Communication & Culture, an Educational Specialist (1979) and Master degrees in Counseling (1977), and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree (1976) in Afro-American Studies with a minor in Rhetoric and Speech Communication, from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The targeted audience for this webinar include non-profit organizations, civic groups and educational institutions interested in the development of ALL young people.

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