An exploratory study of black adolescents’ perceptions of “Empowered Youth Programs”
Sims, Lisa Lynette
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The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of Black adolescent students regarding their academic and social performance in school by participating in Empowered Youth Programs which is an after-school enrichment program. If the students perceived their academic and social performance has improved because of their participation in Empowered Youth Programs, this strategy could be one way to help students in marginalized groups close the gaps in achievement and opportunity. The Empowered Youth Programs Impact Questionnaire was given as a pre-test and post-test to determine program impact. Results from this study, although statistically insignificant, showed that the participants in the Empowered Youth Programs perceived there was program impact regarding their academic performance. Additionally, male participants believed the program impacted their social performance, however; female participants did not perceive program impact regarding their social performance.