Locating disconnected minoritized youth within urban community-based educational programs in an Era of Neoliberalism

David T. Lardier, Kathryn G. Herr, Carrie Bergeson, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Robert J. Reid

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Abstract

We explore the experiences of youth who disconnected from their local high schools and resumed their educations in community-based education (CBE) programs offering high school equivalency instruction. Drawing on focus-group interview narratives (N = 59) where youth describe the ‘second chances’ offered to them, we document supportive, encouraging relationships with adults in the CBEs that stand in contrast to their experiences in school. Simultaneously, we suggest that in the face of program narratives that emphasized individual responsibility and success, any critical read of their world articulated earlier by the youth was no longer evident. In essence, they moved from one institution framed by neoliberal tenets to another but in the process, they traded the resistance they exhibited in their public high schools to accommodation in the CBEs. We problematize the discourse of ‘second chances’ if and when it remains uncoupled to analyses of societal and institutional inequity and injustices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-420
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Disconnected youth
  • community-based educational programs
  • minoritized youth

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