EOYDC espouse Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development theory. Vygotsky (1978) maintained the child follows the adult’s example and gradually develops the ability to do certain tasks without help or assistance. He called the difference between what a child can do with help and what he or she can do without guidance the “zone of proximal development” (ZPD).
EOYDC’s adaptation of ZPD is as follows:
EOYDC develops the social and leadership capacities of East Oakland youth and young adults (ages 6 – 23) so that they are prepared for employment, higher education, and leadership opportunities.
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