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Time banking service exchange systems: A review of the research and policy and practice implications in support of youth in transition


  • Marks, Michael B.


Youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems reside in high poverty communities and often have multiple, interlocking needs that require community support long after youth age out of care or are free from mandated service requirements. Time banking is a unique transaction based system for mutual aid and assistance that fosters economic opportunities, social inclusion, community self-help and enhances civic engagement among often marginalized community members. This article reviews the literature on time banking service exchange systems and its impact on youth in transition. This research reveals the potential of youth participation in time banking service exchanges as assisting in engagement and active participation in services as well as in helping youth achieve the developmental assets they need to be successful upon discharge from formal systems. Policy and practice recommendations for incorporating time banking to help vulnerable youth are also included.

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  • Marks, Michael B., 2012. "Time banking service exchange systems: A review of the research and policy and practice implications in support of youth in transition," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1230-1236.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:7:p:1230-1236
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.02.017

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