Location

CSU 254

Start Date

18-4-2016 11:05 AM

End Date

18-4-2016 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Student's College

Education

Mentor's Name

Elizabeth Sandell

Mentor's Department

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Mentor's College

Education

Second Mentor's Name

Jessica Deselms

Second Mentor's Department

Psychology

Second Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

The purpose of our study was to reflect on how community-based cultural arts programs have had an impact on academic achievement, academic performance, and self-esteem among youth, aged 13 to 24 years old. Community-based creative arts offer a medium through which youth direct their energy toward achieving positive social, emotional, and academic outcomes (Wright, John, Alaggia, & Sheel, 2006). Our study took an approach known as “Positive Youth Development (PYD).” According to Ersing (2009, page 27), “(PYD) is a promising approach that rejects labeling young people as ‘at risk’ for a host of social, emotional, and behavioral problems and, instead, embraces a philosophy that views youths as capable individuals striving to achieve their full potential.” This project involved focus groups with adults who were leaders or staff members in community-based creative arts programs that serve youth (ages 13 to 24 years old). Focus group members were identified based on their professional experience and roles working with youth in the local community. Results of this study may be used by participating community agencies in advocacy, marketing, and fundraising. Information may be informative for local school decision-makers, social service providers, and advocates for arts in education.

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Impact of Community-Based Creative Arts Programs on Youth

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The purpose of our study was to reflect on how community-based cultural arts programs have had an impact on academic achievement, academic performance, and self-esteem among youth, aged 13 to 24 years old. Community-based creative arts offer a medium through which youth direct their energy toward achieving positive social, emotional, and academic outcomes (Wright, John, Alaggia, & Sheel, 2006). Our study took an approach known as “Positive Youth Development (PYD).” According to Ersing (2009, page 27), “(PYD) is a promising approach that rejects labeling young people as ‘at risk’ for a host of social, emotional, and behavioral problems and, instead, embraces a philosophy that views youths as capable individuals striving to achieve their full potential.” This project involved focus groups with adults who were leaders or staff members in community-based creative arts programs that serve youth (ages 13 to 24 years old). Focus group members were identified based on their professional experience and roles working with youth in the local community. Results of this study may be used by participating community agencies in advocacy, marketing, and fundraising. Information may be informative for local school decision-makers, social service providers, and advocates for arts in education.

Recommended Citation

Jacques, Kasey; John Seipel; Nyairah Abdullah; and Trelijah Miller. "Impact of Community-Based Creative Arts Programs on Youth." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/oral-session-05/2

 

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