Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Empowering Kids by Engaging them in Solutions #Science

You've got to know this is a solution the Socialist Left is going to love.

An after-school program that empowers young people to be agents of change in their communities has helped 8th-grade students in one Michigan area develop more prosocial behaviors and avoid antisocial behaviors, say University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers.

A five-year evaluation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions program developed by U-M and piloted in the Flint area shows the program was successful in helping youth gain confidence in themselves, think critically about their community, and work with adults to create positive change, says Marc Zimmerman, the Marshall H. Becker Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education.

"If you give middle school age kids a challenge and the opportunity to be creative within a safe and structured environment, they do amazing things when they are encouraged to think critically and think more about their communities and more outside of themselves," Zimmerman said. "This creates confidence in their abilities. They are not going to engage in destructive behaviors because they are focused on positive goals for which they feel ownership."

Phys.org: Empower kids to solve community challenges and many will avoid trouble

It's the Rockhouse favorite since the answer isn't more guns; it's education, education, education.  In this case, the education isn't book-learning but socialization which is sorely limited in schools and nonexistent for those who were homeschooled.

Note:  there's obvious socialization from schools but within a tight and closed community which does little except elevate rubbish music and annoying but temporary slang.  The Rockhouse submits those tight and closed communities of kids also engender the potential for negative things of deeper consequence and the Michigan solution appears to work splendidly in addressing that.

The program enrolled and followed for four years 367 youth from 13 urban and suburban middle schools. The participants were comprised of 32 percent white students, 46 percent African-American students and 22 percent mixed race, Asian-American, Latino, Native American or other ethnic/racial group. Sixteen percent were from Flint public schools and the others were from nearby districts in Genesee County.

The researchers measured prosocial outcomes including helping others, academic effort and responsible decision-making, and antisocial behaviors such as aggressive and delinquent behaviors.
They say the program improved youths' sense of psychological empowerment, which was associated with more helping of others, greater academic effort, more responsible decision-making, and less aggressive and delinquent behavior.

- PO

As you see, it was an equal opportunity survey and the results came out the same for everyone, all of which were positive, and at a cost of almost nothing but a boon to the community plus it represents an infusion of fresh and possibly novel ideas.

The Rockhouse couldn't be more pleased and the interested student is strongly urged to pursue the original article to further explore the matter of empowerment since we're really not interested so much in empowerment for this subset or that one of humanity but rather everyone the same to the point at which there is no question of anyone's suitability to do anything beyond their real ability to do it.

Education, education, education ... it comes in different ways and kids need as many as we can give them which makes a special joy when that gift costs almost nothing and doesn't require building a thing ... except better communities and better, deeper human relationships.

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