Cultural Pride Reinforcement (CPR) and Positive Youth Development: Assessing the Effectiveness of Heritage Knowledge
Terrance Cauley, Better Family Life, Inc.
Grades: 6 – 12
In the current world of cultural awareness and competence training, much has been written about the need for teachers that work with children of color to enhance their knowledge of the cultural backgrounds of the students they teach. However, very little has been said about the need to equip theses same children of color with the cultural capital that informs their own acts of daily performance on the stage of human existence. This presentation showcases a culturally situated, asset-based developmental framework for understanding successful youth development among African American children. Specifically, we highlight the success of a local St. Louis, Missouri youth development program that synthesizes cultural heritage knowledge, self-esteem, perceived social support satisfaction and life satisfaction. We offer a deep dive into the impact of an affective “heritage knowledge” approach that is based upon core concepts from the latest research and cultural relevance practices with African American youth. This presentation introduces the concepts, Afri-tude and Afro-Competency, where the former refers to mindset and consciousness and the latter refers to talent and ability. These terms aid in an examination of linkages between ethnic identity and assets frequently recognized as indicators of positive outcomes in healthy Afrocentric youth development. This workshop emphasizes individual reflection, small group collaboration, role playing, and case study analysis