2014 – 2015
Office of Admissions
Emil H. Messikomer Hall
100 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Revised May 2014
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551 Main Hall
Hannah Ashley, Coordinator
The purpose of this program is to equip future professionals to work in urban communities and with agencies and organizations that particularly focus on urban youth, including but not limited to schools, social service agencies, and youth and community development organizations. Through an experiential approach to learning and a philosophy of empowerment, the program will help WCU students to understand the complex context of American cities, the strengths and capabilities of families of diverse backgrounds, and the implications of public policy for large urban systems.
The minor will enable students who are preparing for urban careers to develop a deep understanding of the economic, social, cultural, and political context of urban social systems and community factors that affect youth. The youth empowerment and urban studies (YES) minor is in the liberal studies program and open to all students in every college.
250 Introduction to Youth and Urban Community Work: Urban Professional Workshop (3) This course addresses professional dispositions for working in the urban environment. Students gain an awareness of the strengths of communities, as well as the forms of oppression that youth may experience in the urban environment.
300 Youth Empowerment and the Urban Context (3) This course will immerse students in theories, historical contexts, and practices of leadership and democratic action through study, reflection, and a semester-long partnership with an elementary or middle grades classroom in an urban school. Takes place on WCU’s campus as well as in the city of Philadelphia.
301 Seminar in Youth-Led Media and Inquiry (3) Students will participate in a six-week intensive seminar on service learning/community-engaged learning and youth-led media as a particular strategy of community-engaged learning. Takes place on WCU’s campus as well as in the city of Philadelphia.