brief offers key conceptual framework recommendations that
emerged from a 2-year qualitative study that draws on observations
of thirteen organizations in California serving Latinx youth and the
perspectives of seventeen youth development professionals and
fifty-three Latinx and diverse youth.
The conceptual framework, or philosophy, of an organization constitutes
the distinctive and long-lasting principles and values that
guide leaders, staff members, and their work. Effective Latinx youth
development organizations use a guiding philosophy that builds on
mainstream positive youth development research and practice and
includes an emphasis on extended understandings of Latinx youth
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