An Examination of the Michigan Association of Youth Service Bureaus and Those Factors that Contribute to its Organizational Integrity
Young, Donald A.
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This paper is an examination of the Michigan Association of Youth Service Bureaus (MAYSB) and those factors that contribute to its organizational integrity over time. The Michigan Association of Youth Service Bureaus was established in October of 1975 "as a result of various directors of Youth Service Bureaus meeting together to share concerns about program development, development of funds, and other common concerns." A recruitment brochure circulated during the early period of the Association's existence stated that "The Association grew out of a need statewide to provide for the full development of youth through involvement of ALL citizens to prevent crime, delinquency, child abuse and neglect." The current recruitment brochure for the MAYSB and the preamble to the Association's By-Laws state the purpose of the establishment of the Michigan Association of Youth Service Bureaus: Michigan Association of Youth Service Bureaus is hereby established for the primary purpose of developing youth to its highest potential in the State of Michigan. The Association shall encourage adult and youth involvement in all areas of programming to prevent crime, delinquency and neglect. In examining the organizational integrity of the MAYSB, we will look at several factors that would contribute to the integrity of almost any organization. These factors include: 1. Formal organization 2. Leadership 3. Membership 4. Objectives 5. Pay-offs In the course of this paper, we will at times refer to the group analysis of David B. Truman, in his book, The Governmental Process, in order to strengthen a particular point. We will now proceed to examine each one of these factors in detail so that ideally we will be able to make inferences about the organizational integrity of this association.