Collaboration and advocacy: A community-university partnership and the well-being of children

Alycia Elfreich, Robert J Helfenbein


This paper examines a case study of a community-university collaboration in a Midwestern suburban community. In an effort to promote the well-being of students, a collaborative youth initiative partnership was created alongside a local university, public schools, and other community organizations. We reflect upon this collaboration and the need for a holistic approach to child development through community partnerships. We also address embedded tensions that call for a more transparent approach to challenges of cross-cultural work.


child well-being, community-university collaborative partnerships, qualitative case study

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