Structural Racism and Youth Development

Roundtable on Community Change Working Paper Series

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Aspen Institute

March 1, 2004


This publication explores the game-changing role that race plays in our country’s politics, economy and culture. It delivers clear examples, recommendations and discussion points aimed at helping the youth field address structural racism and forge a brighter, fairer path for America’s future.

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Key Takeaway

Life’s playing field isn’t level for youth of color

Compared to their white peers, youth of color experience poorer outcomes at nearly every turn on their path to adulthood. Consider education: Black and Latino youth are less likely to complete high school, attend college or earn a bachelor’s degree. Or look to our juvenile justice system, where black youth face harsher consequences at each step—from arrests to sentencing.

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