• Journal Article

Empowering organizations: Approaches to tobacco control through youth empowerment programs

Citation

Leroy, L., Benet, D. J., Mason, T., Austin, W., & Mills, S. (2004). Empowering organizations: Approaches to tobacco control through youth empowerment programs. Health Education and Behavior, 31(5), 577-596.

Abstract

Whereas most evaluations of youth empowerment focus on individual outcomes (i.e., were individual youths empowered?), this article focuses on the program as the unit of analysis and seeks to explain how organizational structures, program design features, and processes lead to organizational empowerment (OE). OE is defined as organizational efforts that generate psychological empowerment among members and organizational effectiveness needed for goal achievement. Case studies of five American Legacy Foundation-funded tobacco control youth empowerment programs were conducted during the first 2 years of implementation. Using an OE framework, the authors assessed program design features of the youth empowerment programs that contributed to or detracted from processes leading to OE. Comparing and contrasting the programs led to the identification of models and strategies that contribute to OE. Ecological influences of the state contexts (i.e., political climate, history of tobacco control, and public health infrastructure) were also examined