Project Title: Youth Empowerment Solutions

Faculty Sponsor: Susan Frazen

Department: Health Behavior and Health Education/School of Public Health, UM-Ann Arbor

Telephone: 810-239-3463

E-Mail: sfranzen@umich.edu

Project Description: Youth Empowerment Solutions for Positive Youth Development (YES) includes a 16 week after-school curriculum. YES uses an empowering ecologically-focused, community-based strategy to promote positive youth development and reduce risk behavior. The YES program focuses on developing leadership skills, community pride, program planning, and resource mobilization. The YES program also trains local adult volunteers to assist and mentor youth while implementing the youth-planned community improvement projects. The study takes place at eight public middle schools in Flint, MI and surrounding Genesee County.

YES is a longitudinal randomized controlled trial that compares 6th, 7th and 8th graders assigned to an after-school program that includes training in leadership, community development and implementing community-improvement projects with 6th, 7th and 8th graders assigned to standard after-school programs. Outcome assessments include a pretest in the Fall and 3 posttests (Spring; Fall; Spring). 

Student Tasks & Responsibilities: 

  1. Conduct Fidelity Assessments of program sessions
  2. Enter data
  3. Work with program director as needed
  4. Conduct surveys with YES youth

Great opportunity for health, education or administration person

Minimum Student Qualifications:  High attention to detail. SPSS helpful. More hours available for right person.