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Benefits-Based Management Activity Planning Model for Youth in At-Risk Environments

Lawrence R. Allen, Bonnie Stevens, Rick Harwell


This article describes the three components of the Benefit-Based Management Activity Planning Model for youth in at-risk environments. This model emphasizes: ( 1) the need to establish socially relevant Target Issues and develop outcome-oriented Target Goals, (2) the development of purposive recreation experiences including performance objectives, detailed program content and structure, processing of experiences and monitoring of experiences, and (3) a comprehensive evaluation plan for both Target Issues and Target Goals. Additional emphasis is given to program principles that are effective in working with youth in at-risk environments.


Planning model, youth at-risk, outcome goals, purposive recreation programs, evaluation, resiliency.

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