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Cultural Immersion Paper


Cultural Immersion Paper Caucasian “White” Male Youth Population Sheronda King Wilmington University

the at-risk label or classification has changed. These people made up the first General American population. At 2 risk factors can hinder any youth of any age and color. The kids are living in poverty neighborhood can be considered at-risk. 2014). “At risk” is the incapability to learn or careless of anything. In 1975. drugs. History and Milestones The word “Caucasians” refer to the term Caucasus. With more than 47 million people living in poverty. More families are living in poverty as resources become limited.Cultural Immersion Paper Caucasian “White” Male Youth Cultural Immersion Introduction Our society has changed dramatically over the years. 2008). Caucasian at risk population is underrepresented. settled the Delaware Valley” (Euroamerican. The youth population will suffer if we do not help them overcome the disparities of the world. and sex. In the 20th century. “Between 1675 and 1725. The word “Caucasians” means “White People of European descents”. protective factors are beginning to fade away. “Racism lies at the heart of that . Caucasian Americans are the common culture among the Americans. Most African American are frequently associated with at risk behaviors because of the history of slavery and current poverty census. led by William Penn. a man named Johann Fredruc Blumenbach divided the human species into five races (Thompson. English and German Quakers. The word “At Risk” is typically associated amongst our youth population. thousands of Irish. Today’s youth population is being raised in a chaotic world filled with violence. The most overrepresented ethnicity youth is African Americans. But who said Caucasians could not live in poverty or be at risk for failure? In many cities.

racism has been the dominant trait in most Caucasians Americans. In the past. drug use and incarceration. When people think about the youth’s risk behaviors such as gun violence. Once equality develop and time progress the number of whites in poverty. The most popular risk factors are violent behaviors. The white male youth population takes the lead while texting while driving. texting while driving. According to Painter (2010). 2012). 2012).Cultural Immersion Paper Culture” (Abagond. 27% of white male youth carry a weapon onto the school premises (CDC. For many year in American.9% of white male youth text and drive. approximately 36. (According to CDC. “Naturalization Act passed in 1970 enlisted North America as the natural home for white people”. The migration of the White Americans aka European descent surfaced the United States in between 1820 and 1890. illiteracy. high school dropout. The Caucasians youth males’ population can appear to be overlooked. “White male youth are more likely to die by suicide than any other race” (Fingerhut. 3 According to Euroamerican (2014). low educational background has changed. Suicide attempts rates for white male’s reports 12. 2002). . at risk. “A man named Martin de Argüelles was the first European descent in United States” (Euroamerican. These risk factors were significantly higher in the White/Caucasian population than in African Americans. we often associate it with African American males. and suicide attempts amongst White males. Caucasian has maintained the lowest number of people in poverty.8%. The history of Caucasians is similar to the Europeans. drug use. My primary focus is to bring your attention to the same factors affecting the Caucasian males in the United States Population. The education levels were high during the years of racism and inequality for the Caucasian population. 2008). 2014). the first to establish a presence in America were Europeans.

16 years old. and going to parties. Telly has the least interest in life. The movie is about a group of teenage both males and females living in the inner city of Manhattan. you will see a younger siblings engaging in the same activities as the older sibling. He felt like he . Most of these kids’ parents appear to be involved in their lives. JB hopes to become a rapper by the time he is 24 years old. He and his friends start off their day by 4 skipping school and skateboarding throughout the city of Manhattan. stated JB. Clips have been shown of the young men robbing a Korean male for liquor Personal Interview I was able to interview a 17 year old youth named JB. The main theme shows these at-risk youth using drugs. The portrait of white male teens shows that they are also at the same risk as African American males. He lives in a household of 6 other siblings. JB is a Caucasian male living in the northern part of Wilmington. He stated that he started smoking weed at the age of nine years old. The movie focuses on skater Caucasian male group predominantly throughout the movie. Telly is a Caucasian teenager around the age 15. These teenager white males are having drug parties with their siblings and friends.Cultural Immersion Paper Movie Reviewed: KIDS “Kids” was published in 1995. The language used throughout the movie is very degrading. “She was barely home”. He said his mother worked two full time jobs to make ends meet. skipping schools. He lives in a stable neighborhood. The skater group of teens are shown having intercourse with younger females throughout the movie. talks amongst his boys about his deflowering hunt for the focused girls in the film. having sex with virgins. He does not associate with Vision Quest services. but too busy with work and other activities. JB explained his childhood as not a normal childhood. JB is the youngest of his siblings. Throughout the movie. Delaware. Telly the main character. His father left his family when he was six years old.

By the age 14. The population should be more closely examined freely with biases or pre-judgments. He wanted to work hard to help his mother. As I interviewed JB. “We ate like pigs”. JB stated that Black people are not the only ones who can dress or get in trouble. He told me that he started stealing and selling. and behaviors. “The black 5 kids at school think I’m trying to be like them.Cultural Immersion Paper had lost both parents. The Caucasian youth population is often underrepresented in many categories. He did feel that there was a need to go to school. I asked him about his criminal background. Only two of his sisters graduated from high school. and it got him an early rap sheet at 14. He was introduced to drugs by the neighborhood drug gangs. use drugs. He started skipping school at 12. style. He did not want his mother to work so hard. I noticed that he yearned for equality in his actions. He said that he watched his mother struggle to put food in the house. JB is still considered a minor and most of his offenses will not count against him when he turns 18 years old. He felt like there was not enough space for his family. I cannot help that I love to dress with swag”. After reviewing the movie KIDS. and that not true. Summary and Synthesis: . He made up his mind that education was not important to him. His friends are very envious of his “swag” and his possession. said JB. He wanted his mother to move out the three bedroom townhome. I strongly believe that Caucasian male’s youth is at the same risk as any population to drop out of school. JB claimed he started “hugging the block”. I have noticed that higher risk levels in the Caucasian population for males. I asked him if he had any friends and he revealed that most of his friends are haters. Our society can sometimes portray the Caucasian population as the perfect race. Luckily. result into violence or become suicidal.

The main office is located off of Concord Ave in Northern Wilmington. The main goal is to treat each gender. while others appears to be overlooked. Vision Quest is directly across from the Krestone Liquor store in Wilmington. Some nearby school to Vision Quest are the following: Salesianum School. Each 6 Some population will appear to be overly represented. I worked out of the Wilmington Office. The address of Vision Quest is 1010 Concord Ave. and social services providers we must examine each race. Wilmington DE. class and gender of the at risk population to better understand how to prevent it. I have learned that location does not matter. Ursuline Academy. As human service.Cultural Immersion Paper The overall perspective is to understand that every race and gender can be a product of risky behaviors. population and demographics appear to be unique in their own way. At risk youth can live in wealthy neighborhoods and still have the same behaviors as an inner city child. race and class the same and to understand that all youth could be potentially at risk. Access: . A second office is located in Dover area. DE area. Agency Community: Vision Quest has two locations in Delaware. The office is located in the same building as the Justice of Peace court. At Vision Quest. Warner Elementary and Delaware College Prep Academy.

you must get buzzed into the corporate building. Staff picks up all races and gender to receive services at event or the offices.Cultural Immersion Paper 7 All races and gender are equally transported back and forth through Vision Quest's vehicles. Vision Quest has designated zones and each zone has an assigned vehicle. . Pictures of the services are hung up around the front office. Those living in Sussex and Kent County are services through the located in Dover. Vision Quest's Caucasian youth live in the northern part of Wilmington and the Newark/New castle area. As you enter into the office of Vision Quest. Individual living in Sussex can receive services at home and in their community if they are not able to travel to Kent County. In the client’s waiting room there are brochures located on the table with the information Brochures are in English and Spanish translation for clients. I feel very welcome when I walk into the front of the office. Other at risk Caucasian males lives in the lower counties of Delaware. and assist clients. Receptivity: Before entering the building. there is a receptionist at the front desk to escort. transportation to and back to the client house is required. In order to services our target population. The work of other youths is displayed at the front desk. A communication board is also visible for clients to see different events and occasions for the youth to participate.

Funding: Vision Quest receives all funding through the state. and aggressive training replacement.05 of Cultural Competence and Social Diversity which states. There are two program administrators under Ken. sex. Southern Delaware regulated by Carleton Adams. "All workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race. counseling for both children and families. and life skill programs." (SocialWorker. Vision Quest will reach out . Most recently. For additional funding. Most training 8 group for the youth take place on Tuesday and Thursday. Vision Quest provides accountability checks.Cultural Immersion Paper Administration and Staff Training Vision Quest is a statewide program servicing at risk youth in communities and the homes. Vision Quest bill the state for each service once it has been provided. national origin. The Executive Director for the Delaware Site is Ken Donovan. case life skill. Once a month all staff are required to attend the core meeting with the organization valued topic training session. All training course is required. Each training meets the standards of the NASW code 1. moral reasoning. etc. Each staff is required to have at least five hours of training per month. Layanda Dowell is the program administrator Northern Delaware. 2014). ethnicity. Vision Quest has received a 1 million dollar grant for their newest program called PLL. Staff are trained prior to starting the job. sexual orientation. and. community service opportunities. Training for staff takes place once a month. Lesley Lind is the director of all Delivery services for the entire Delaware. Training groups are held for all youth during placement in umbrella services. Group training for the youth is mostly about street smart. The training session raised different concerns on what may be acceptable in different cultures. A recent training for all staff to attend focused on the different boundaries level based on cultural differences.

YFS workers travel to reach youth where they are and provide transportation to events. Different literature is available for staff to review and aid in training on cultural variation. The clients are taken to other organization for service and to give back to the community. Although clients are appointed to Vision Quest by the state. the organization make daily effort to reach out to the youth within the school setting. All funding supports the training and hiring practice to aid in culturally sensitive services for the population. Quality: Vision Quest follows all rules. Most staffs are following the NOHS code of ethics statement 17 which refer to providing services without discrimination or preferences. laws and regulation of the state and federal. Vision Quest has partnered with local organizations to ensure all assigned youth able to complete their community services. During the . the therapist will meet the client and parents in the arranged location. I have encountered a few who place stereotypes amongst some of the clients. session and mandatory community services. Family functional therapist coordinates group session at the facilities. If homes are not accessible.Cultural Immersion Paper 9 for private grant from other organization. community and home based. Agency and Program Services Effort: Vision Quest has made a strong effort to reach out into the community the youth. They work along with the school officials to increase of academic levels and attendance. Some meeting is held one on one in the homes of the youth. Staff Sensitivity Most of the staff seemed to be culturally sensitive to the client population. There are some who will know the past of a client and associate their past behaviors with their current action. The staff that made comments about the youth has been addressed by management and required a training meeting about stereotyping.

The youth volunteer at group homes and the homeless shelter. and the food bank of Delaware regularly. I can say about that about 60% of the youth complete the program. and YMCA to provide guided recreational and community service opportunities. The organization also partner up with the homeless shelters. accountability checks and guided recreation activities. but once they stop they end up doing wrong. Goodwill. .Cultural Immersion Paper 10 community services. Many of this youth lack the support and encouragement of an adult being. some youth is finished with the program. Previous youth has shown consistency of staying out of trouble and focused while enrolled in the Vision Quest program. I think Vision Quest can enhances services all at-risk population by taking out of their community to visit other communities. The youth is exposed to different cultures and races and ethnicity. The organization collaborates with meal on wheel. Some of the youth live in home low income homes. but the organization has noticed the same youth reoffending and ending up into the program again. community service. After six weeks. Effectiveness: Our target population comes to Vision Quest for counseling. life skill development. Some of our youth are recycled or are in multiple programs within Vision Quest. Efficiency: Vision Quest collaborate with many local agencies. and do not reoffend. Many of the youth in Southern Delaware are brought to the Northern Delaware to see the cultural and community differences. most youth witnesses the cultural variation with the people they encounter. so Vision Quest has reached out to the food bank and meal on wheel to provide backpack goods for the youth. Vision Quest has become a great with the youth. They are learning about different population in most of their community services.

“Cultural competence is not static and requires frequent relearning and unlearning about diversity” (Socialworker. I strongly believe social workers should examine the Cross-Cultural Knowledge standard. In order for professional to be able to understand each population. families and artistic expression of major client groups they serve” (Socialworker. a person must be open to learn more about the family background. tradition and the structure of the family. Is important for a professional to expand the differences amongst each family and their culture. In the umbrella services. 2014). values. “Social worker shall have and continue to develop specialized knowledge and understanding about the history. tradition. Not all Caucasian youth males behave the same. Vision Quest provides the training for all staff to attend. Professional should expand their cultural knowledge by learning about the following areas: communication styles. Cultural differences trainings are given to the employees to understand the need of cultural sensitivity with all youth. 2014). cultural behavior impact. and speech patterns.Cultural Immersion Paper 11 NASW Standard for Cultural Competence Standard 3: Cross Cultural Knowledge To better serve the Caucasian male youth within Vision Quest. Personal Cultural Competence . values.Standard 8: Professional education “Social workers shall advocate for and participate in educational and training program that help advance cultural competence within the profession” (Socialworker. each professional are required to facilitate a trainings to education peer and youth on the hot topics for cultural variation. They are not exceptional to the risky behaviors. 2014).

Becoming more open and diverse within your our group can aid to diversity with other groups. Caucasian male youth are the underrepresented group. Final Thoughts: To prevent stereotypes.Cultural Immersion Paper 12 Personally I believe that all standards of the NASW is equally important to build cultural competency and sensitivity. a professional must understand standard 3 and 8 closely. All professional should accept the difference within each race. . a person must develop self-awareness. and culture to better understand cultural diversity. To effectively service this population. belief and structure will better serve both youth and profession. Having cross cultural knowledge will give professional an advance opportunity to work with individuals proficiently. background. values. Learning more about the child’s family history. Becoming an advocate or being actively involved in educational training will allow a person to strengthen the youth and their own cultural competence levels. an individual must understand that this population is at the same risk as any other youth group. To better understand the Caucasian male group. I strongly believe that all NASW standards should be practice to exercise an effective cultural competence.

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