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Extra info for Youth at Risk in Latin America and the Caribbean: Understanding the Causes, Realizing the Potential (Directions in Development)
Proper management of this process will depend on the needs, political environment, and goals of each country. This book offers tools that may help policy makers to formulate the process, but the work to actually realize the promise of youth has to be done at the country level. It will require hard work and commitment, but the rewards that can be reaped by the young people of LAC and by society at large are enormous. 1 There is a renewed awareness among policy makers and within the general population that young people have the potential to be agents of change—for themselves, for their communities, for their countries, and for the world.
Many countries in LAC have government agencies dedicated to serving the youth population, whether as the target of specific public policies or of more general national policies. In recent years, processes have been developed to increase the voice of young people in government. Brazil’s Vozes Jovens works with the Brazilian government to prepare a youth agenda for the country, and Peru’s Voces Jóvenes gives regular feedback to the Peruvian government on its policies. 2. Steinberg and Cauffman (1996) found an inverted-U relationship between susceptibility to peer influence (as opposed to self-reliance) and age, with the peak around the age of 14.
Young people who feel a part of their community, who have friends, and who do not feel alone have a lower probability of engaging in risky behavior. This is related to the parental and school connectedness discussed above, but it also reaches a wider group. Clearly, the wrong kind of inclusion, such as in gangs, increases negative behavior, but in other circumstances social inclusion is a protective factor. Although each of these factors can, on its own, increase risk or protect against it, they are, in fact, cumulative in nature.