Development of an innovative physical activity-based positive youth development program for low-income youth
4-H-PALS is a USDA NIFA-funded program and evaluation that includes a longstanding, all-day summer program (PALS) for youth who qualify based on family income. 4-H-PALS also includes a new after-school 4-H program opportunity for youth who have been traditionally underserved by Purdue Extension and the 4-H Program. Thus, youth are now afforded a unique opportunity to participate in a year-round OST program, whereby 4-H-PALS combines an all-day summer program with after-school activities during the academic year.
We are using a non-equivalent control group design to examine changes in social relationship quality (e.g., with peers and significant adults), positive youth development (e.g., empathy, decision-making, self-esteem, hope), health risk and promoting behaviors (e.g., substance use, bullying, physical activity) among youth during a five-year period. We will compare changes experienced by youth who participate in (1) the year-round program, (2) the after-school component only, (3) the summer component only, and (4) a comparison after-school program. We will discuss implications of the 4-H-PALS program, including potential for dissemination to other 4-H sites across the U.S.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Describe an innovative, out-of-school-time physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to provide a year-round opportunity for youth from low-income families. Explain the study design and measures used to evaluate an out-of-school-time physical activity-based positive youth development for youth from low-income families. Discuss implications of the 4-H-PALS program.
Keyword(s): Children and Adolescents, Health Promotion and Education
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am part of a team of practitioners, program staff, and evaluators involved in this project. I have been involved in a number of federally funded projects focusing on positive youth development and health risk behaviors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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