Prof. K. T. McCrea’s Lecture on African-American Youth
Prof. Dr. Katherine Tyson McCrea from the Loyola University of Chicago read a lecture about disadvantaged African-American youth at VMU.
In her lecture, titled Choosing Compassion: Learning from Disadvantaged African-American Youth About Helping People Prefer the Good, the American scholar presented the results of a counseling and youth leadership development program in the USA that she has been working on for 6 years.
According to the professor, almost every country in the world has a subculture of disadvantaged youth, often from cultural minorities. “The youth suffer not just from poverty, discrimination, and educational disadvantage, but from symptoms of complex trauma that result because the youth have to grow up in environments stressed by those disadvantages. While no one wants to give up on the youth, the multiple problems can seem overwhelming to contend with, especially since often the youth and their families prove to be hard to engage in traditional social services”, Katherine Tyson McCrea said.