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Making ChangeYouth Social Entrepreneurship as an Approach to Positive Youth and Community Development$
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Tina P. Kruse

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190849795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190849795.001.0001

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The Asset-Focus of Youth Social Entrepreneurship

The Asset-Focus of Youth Social Entrepreneurship

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Making Change

Tina P. Kruse

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the “asset-based” frameworks in both positive youth development and community. This chapter also orients the reader to the link between youth social entrepreneurship’s grounding in the central theme of positive psychology: human flourishing. Instead of focusing on the incremental steps toward getting any job at all, the emphasis is on youth capacity for creating a positive career trajectory, supported by exposure to a breadth of opportunity instead of a narrow pipeline. To accomplish meaningful and authentic positivity, the cultural reality of each young person and each community must be included in the experience of development. Therefore, a review of culturally relevant pedagogies and the need for valuing cultural funds of knowledge is included. All together, the asset-focused, culturally relevant practices can foster youth leadership with social entrepreneurship that paves a road toward thriving.

Keywords:   positive psychology, culturally relevant pedagogy, youth leadership, cultural funds of knowledge, career trajectory

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