Dr. Mark Brennan: Youth Development and Global Engagement Efforts
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When (Date/Time)April 25, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
WhereThe Village at Penn State, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA
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Youth Development and Global Engagement Efforts
At the core of UNESCO’s identity is the critical need for education to serve as a catalyst for ensuring peace. UNESCO has, and continues, to play a vital role in promoting education, literacy, intercultural dialogue, and peace building activities.
In the last two decades, we have witnessed the emergence of the ‘youth bulge’, the unprecedented demographic shift where currently more than half of the world is under age 25 and one-third are under 15 years of age.
Initially viewed as a group that might be susceptible to extremism, violence, and antisocial recruitment, youth are more accurately being viewed as peace builders. Given the time, opportunities, resources, and education youth are empowered to serve as agents of change, peace activists, and protectors of social justice.
This talk will discuss UNESCO peace efforts, key concepts to youth peace building, and share examples of programs and research in this area. Through all of these, significant opportunities for youth personal, social and professional development emerge. Based on these extensive discussions and conversations with the audience will take place.
Mark Brennan, Ph.D. is the UNESCO Chair for Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development and Professor of Leadership and Community Development at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brennan’s teaching, research, writing, and program development concentrate on the role of civic engagement, community and leadership development in the youth, community, and rural development process. In this context, much of his work has focused on community action, youth development, locally based natural resource management, economic development, and social justice. He is co-founder of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Children, Youth, and Community.
Dr. Brennan has over 20 years of experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing social science research related to community and rural development. This work has involved extensive comparative research throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America. Dr. Brennan’s research and program development has been funded by a variety of governments, foundations, and private sources and resulting in over 120 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, books, and outreach publications, and over 150 invitations to presentations at professional meetings. His recent books include Theory, Practice, and Community Development (2013) and Community Leadership Development: A Compendium of Theory, Research, and Application (2013).