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Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies


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Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies

110/109 Main Hall, West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

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YES has recently moved to the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at WCU. In collaboration with our community partners, RUCCAS has been formed! The RUCCAS mission statement is 'To support the building of power for Southeastern PA metropolitan communities, specifically but not exclusively Global Majority/communities of color and low-income urban communities, through providing together new and mid-career urban community change professionals-- particularly urban youth workers, artists, and cross-sector racial and economic justice workers-- credential-bearing educational pathways and supportive, healing spaces and opportunities for renewal.' To learn more, visit our website RUCCAS.

Check out the inspiring article by Hannah Ashley and Katie Solic, "Making a RUCCAS or How is an Urban Community Change Axis like a Writing Desk" in Radical Teacher.

"The EDGE Project: Animating Youth Passions, People & Power" is a curriculum which is designed to outline the basics of a 12-20 week community engagement plan. The mission statement is "The EDGE Project exists to ignite a passion for equity, a deeper understanding of diversity, and a desire for community change through positive youth development". The goal of this curriculum is to amplify the voices of youth while they lead the way in a community-centered understanding of social change. Questions about the curriculum: Please contact us at

"RUCCUS is currently pursuing an Urban Community Change (RUX, pronounced "ruckus") major here at WCU. This undergraduate major will build students' knowledge, skills, commitment and vision concerning community and social change, preparing them for jobs or further education in this field or in cross-sector professions that value these competencies. Keep an eye out for additional information posted here as we continue to develop this major!"

January 2015--Words Are Your Roots: Profiles of Community Arts and Literacy Organizations in the City of Brotherly Love

Eli Goldblatt, Professor of English at Temple University, nationally-known poet and scholar of community literacy, writes about Words Are Your Roots: This is a collection you will savor if you care about the promise of children in Philadelphia.  I love the way the authors love the neighborhoods they have encountered, the people that they meet there.  Inequity isn’t just a word or a convenient bludgeon for one party to attack another; inequity is a lived experience that confounds our American dream of democracy.  Love expressed in creative action addresses the violence of inequality directly and effectively, as each chapter of this collection demonstrates.

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