You are a Caucasian worker assigned to work with a local after-school program. You come from a predominantly white community. The after-school program to which you have been assigned consists of primarily African-American youth. Other than television programs and the stereotypes associated with the African Americans, your experience and knowledge of the African-American culture is limited. You may also consider a parallel scenario where you are an African-American worker assigned to work in an after-school program consisting of Caucasian children.
Address the following in your post:
- What challenges might you face when working with this population?
- Do you have ethnocentric beliefs or stereotypes that might influence your ability to work with the youth?
- How will you handle situations where a youth may become oppositional or defiant?
- Be specific. Give examples.