Building Communities of Youth

Narratives of Community and Belonging among Young People Attending Youth Caf├ęs in Ireland

Authored by: Lisa Moran , Bernadine Brady , Cormac Forkan , Liam Coen

The Routledge Handbook of Community Development

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138940765
eBook ISBN: 9781315674100
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It is well established that communities play a critical role in the development of young people, while the role of young people as contributors to community development efforts is becoming increasingly recognized (Brennan et al. 2007). However, youth development and community development are often seen as conceptually separate entities. In this chapter, we draw on findings from a qualitative study of youth cafés in Ireland to illustrate how youth development initiatives can contribute to the development of placed-based communities among young people, which are characterized by solidarity, shared norms and values.

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