Youth Investigating and Supporting Strong Connections to Adults: A Youth Participatory Action Research Curriculum for Middle School Youth.

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Graduate School of Social Work


Youth, Middle school, Adults, Support, Participatory action research


Studies show that students who feel disconnected to adults at their program or school setting are more likely to be disciplined, and not benefit as much from a program offering than students who feel connected to the adults. There are many efforts underway in Denver Public Schools to improve this problem, but most of the work is happening with adults. In this curriculum, students will explore their own identity, discuss problems related to how their identity creates a barrier or supports connection to adults within their setting, talk with adults about their ideas, and produce a product that includes both their own understanding of identity and the identities of adults within their school or program setting.

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