YFM4100EN - Family, Community and Youth Issues

Course description

This course affords Missional students the opportunity to study the practices of the family, community and youth discipline. This course will present analytical concepts used in the study of the family, youth and community. Also in this course, emphasis is placed on the vulnerabilities and needs of children, youth, families and communities, and describes human services that maximizes human potential and minimizes personal and societal strain. The course introduces Missional students to the roles and skills of the human service professional.

How this course benefits students

This course will help Missional students to describe the components of purpose theories, and provide a rationale for understanding and using research in the family, community and youth discipline. This course will help Missional student to be able to apply the Ecological Systems Theory to everyday situations. This course will help Missional students to be able to discriminate between sources of information and correctly cite references using APA. This course will help Missional students to be able to recognize and restate the demographics, concerns, & issues of family, community and youth in the 21st century. Missional students will also be able to recognize key components of common theories of human development family /life/ & community, use and analyze service-learning experience to guide career planning, and work successfully in a group environment.

Why this course is important

This course is valuable because it equips future social science professionals with the vital tools to recognize vulnerabilities and needs of youth, families and communities, ways to appropriately address those vulnerabilities and needs, and be able to provide a solid justification for addressing vulnerabilities and needs of youth, families and communities they serve.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Youth & Family
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Angela Neal Brooks, Professor of Youth & Family Services

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course has biblical foundations that support the need for assisting future social science professionals in being properly ready to serve the family, community and youth, from a spiritual perspective.

Missionally driven

This course is missional because of the emphasis on providing services beyond the scope of the traditional church setting.

Contextually informed

This course is contextual due to dealing with the needs and issues family, community and youth face within their environment.

Interculturally focused

This course is Intercultural because it is designed to equip Missional students to be able to minister to and deal with all types of families, communities and youth from various cultural backgrounds.

Practically minded

This course has practical application within society.

Experientially transformed

This course is also experiential because of its ability to provide a knowledge base for Missional Students to comprehend the plight that family, community and youth have to deal with in their environment.