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Everybody Wins: Involving Youth in Community Needs Assessment.

(Article published online at http://www.joe.org/joe/1995april/a1.txt )

This article presents a strategy for integrating community service learning with community development. It builds upon two methods in rural development: needs assessment and incorporating public schools in the development process. The strategy provides a way to conduct a valid needs assessment using survey research methods, while keeping costs low and involvement of local people high. It also provides an opportunity for students to have classroom and experiential learning on community development and needs assessment. This strategy has been tested in> Florida and Kentucky.