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Understanding volunteering within the 'positive youth development' approach: A case study of the International Citizen Service Program of Nepal

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Title: Understanding volunteering within the 'positive youth development' approach: A case study of the International Citizen Service Program of Nepal
Author: Bhattarai, Smriti
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Advisor: Lauzon, Al
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the importance of volunteering in the development of youth by using the case study of the International Citizen Service (ICS) - a community-based volunteering program in Nepal. This exploratory study sought to identify the enabling factors within ICS that supported development of thriving behaviors amongst participant youth. The findings revealed that ICS, as a platform, promoted the development of a positive youth and adult relationship, provided experiential learning opportunities, and also, engaged youth as change agents for community development in Nepal. Besides that, the program was found to be implemented following a structure and norm that encouraged and motivated youth to act as role models for other community youth. The findings further revealed these features as helpful to developing a set of four specific 'thriving behaviors' namely, competence, confidence, connection and contribution to society as active citizens.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15950
Date: 2017
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