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Project SWAG(Students Who Accept Greatness): A Proposal for an After-School Program

Ferrainolo, Teresa Ann (2011) Project SWAG(Students Who Accept Greatness): A Proposal for an After-School Program. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Background: High school dropouts are a public health concern, due to the short-term and long-term effects they can have on themselves, communities, and taxpayers. Many repercussions result from dropping out of high school, such as inadequate education, higher crime rates, and higher tax dollars spent on high school dropouts. Not having a high school diploma can lead to poorer quality of life, limited access to employment, lower income levels, and inadequate or no health care insurance. Objective: The goal of this thesis is to propose an after-school program that can be implemented by the New Castle Area School District to intervene with high school dropouts with an early intervention. The design is targeted for students in grades four through six. This proposal incorporates three health program planning frameworks: the Social-Ecological Model, the Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, and Track (MAP-IT) framework, and the Community Tool Box framework. It also includes constructs from Social Cognitive Theory and input from administrators, teachers, and staff at George Washington Intermediate. Methods: An extensive review of the literature and interviews were conducted. In total, eight administrators, teachers, and staff at George Washington Intermediate School in New Castle Area School District provided feedback for developing the after-school program. Results: Findings from literature showed most after-school programs have an academic, academic and behavioral counseling or art focus with some recreational activities. A limited number of programs included academics, behavioral counseling, arts, and recreation. The results from the interviews showed students would benefit from an after-school program that encompassed academic support, behavioral counseling, arts, cultural enrichments and recreational activities. Conclusions: These findings helped provide recommendations for developing the after-school program. Recommendations are to provide an after-school program for high poverty areas and for students who are in grades fourth through sixth.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmail
    Committee ChairTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberMartinson, Jeremy Jamesjmartins@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberVoorhees, Ronald Edwardrev12@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberThomas, Tammy Lynntlthomas@pitt.edu
    Title: Project SWAG(Students Who Accept Greatness): A Proposal for an After-School Program
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: Background: High school dropouts are a public health concern, due to the short-term and long-term effects they can have on themselves, communities, and taxpayers. Many repercussions result from dropping out of high school, such as inadequate education, higher crime rates, and higher tax dollars spent on high school dropouts. Not having a high school diploma can lead to poorer quality of life, limited access to employment, lower income levels, and inadequate or no health care insurance. Objective: The goal of this thesis is to propose an after-school program that can be implemented by the New Castle Area School District to intervene with high school dropouts with an early intervention. The design is targeted for students in grades four through six. This proposal incorporates three health program planning frameworks: the Social-Ecological Model, the Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, and Track (MAP-IT) framework, and the Community Tool Box framework. It also includes constructs from Social Cognitive Theory and input from administrators, teachers, and staff at George Washington Intermediate. Methods: An extensive review of the literature and interviews were conducted. In total, eight administrators, teachers, and staff at George Washington Intermediate School in New Castle Area School District provided feedback for developing the after-school program. Results: Findings from literature showed most after-school programs have an academic, academic and behavioral counseling or art focus with some recreational activities. A limited number of programs included academics, behavioral counseling, arts, and recreation. The results from the interviews showed students would benefit from an after-school program that encompassed academic support, behavioral counseling, arts, cultural enrichments and recreational activities. Conclusions: These findings helped provide recommendations for developing the after-school program. Recommendations are to provide an after-school program for high poverty areas and for students who are in grades fourth through sixth.
    Date: 23 September 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 21 July 2011
    Approval Date: 23 September 2011
    Submission Date: 26 July 2011
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
    URN: etd-07262011-031222
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Tool Box framework; Early Intervention; MAP-IT framework; Social Cognitive Theory; Social Ecological Model; After-School Program; Program Planning
    Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:54
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 13:03
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-07262011-031222/, etd-07262011-031222

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