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Community & Resource Development Project. Presentation of Highlights: Youth Ready for Life Survey & Youth and Parent Focus Groups Presented to the NASC & Evaluation Team 1-18-08 By Teresa D. Shattuck, PhD -Shattuck & Associates, Inc. Focus Groups. Target Groups

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Community resource development project

Community & Resource Development Project

Presentation of Highlights:

Youth Ready for Life Survey

&

Youth and Parent Focus Groups

Presented to the NASC & Evaluation Team 1-18-08

By Teresa D. Shattuck, PhD -Shattuck & Associates, Inc.


Focus groups
Focus Groups

  • Target Groups

    • Youth – Middle School (grades 6-8)

    • Youth – High School (grades 9 & 10)

    • Parents of youth in grades 6-10

    • Low income

    • Youth-parent pairs were common (same family)


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Focus Groups

Locations

  • Interfaith Coalition in Hancock, MD

  • Girls, Inc. in Hagerstown, MD

  • Parkside Community Center in Hagerstown, MD

  • Boonsboro, MD (on 1/29/08)


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Focus Groups

  • Format

    • Welcome

    • Dinner: Pizza, fruit salad, drinks

    • 1 facilitator/1 note taker per group

    • Administer Survey

    • Conduct focus groups

    • Interactive “Great Programs” planning session with mix of youth and parents

    • Brief sharing of “Great Programs”

    • Wrap Up - Thank You and Incentives ($25/youth; $50/adults; $150/host site)


Interfaith coalition
Interfaith Coalition

  • Hancock, MD

    • November 26th, 2007

    • 1 group each: MS Youth (n=7), HS Youth (n=8), and Parents (n=11)

    • 7 interactive groups for “Great Programs” planning session


Interfaith coalition key findings
Interfaith Coalition - Key Findings

  • Youth place greater emphasis on education then parents

  • Youth had more optimism about their educational futures than did the parents

  • When asked what activities they would like to participate in, a third of youth expressed interest in “helping others without getting paid”

  • When asked what they wanted in the “Great Programs” session, 7 groups working independently selected a recreation center/community center


Girls inc
Girls, Inc.

  • Hagerstown, MD

    • November 29th, 2007

    • 5 groups: MS Youth (2 groups; n=12), HS Youth (1 group; n=6), and Parents (2 groups; n=18)

    • 9 interactive groups for “Great Programs” planning session


Girls inc key findings
Girls, Inc. - Key Findings

  • Youth placed greater importance and were more optimistic about successfully completing higher education than parents

  • When asked what activities they would like to participate in, youth expressed interest in “helping others without getting paid”

  • In 9 “Great Programs” groups, there was strong interest in a youth center / community center; participants suggested staffing the center with volunteers or community members


Parkside community center
Parkside Community Center

  • Hagerstown, MD

    • January 9, 2009

    • 3 groups: MS Youth (n=9), HS Youth (n=7), and Parents (n=12)

    • 7 interactive groups for “Great Programs” planning session


Parkside key findings
Parkside - Key Findings

  • Parents place greater importance on higher education than youth

  • Youth were more optimistic about successfully completing higher education then parents

  • When asked what activities they would like to participate in, youth expressed the most interest in “being involved in school clubs” followed by “helping others without getting paid”

  • When asked what they wanted in the “Great Programs” session, 5 of 7 groups emphasized community based activities with a Positive Youth Development focus


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Focus Groups

  • Common Themes Across Sites

    • When asked how they spend their time, youth at all sites listed ‘helping out at home’ and ‘hanging out with friends’ (without an adult around) most often

    • When parents were asked how youth spent their time, parents at all sites listed ‘having quality time with family’ most often


Ready for life youth survey
Ready for Life Youth Survey

  • Developed by WCCP

  • Designed to assess youth perceptions of relationships with adults, school, work, health and future

  • Administered primarily in two high schools in Hagerstown in Spring 2007

    • North HS (N=687)

    • South HS (N=501)


Ready for life survey
Ready for Life Survey

  • Demographics

    • Average age 15.8 years

    • Even split of males and females

    • 43% had moved at least once in the past 2 yrs

    • Race: 62% white, 16% African American, 6% Hispanic, 3 Asian/Pacific Islander

    • 85% of kids live with their biological or step parents (~75% for minority youth)


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Ready for Life Survey

  • Relationships

    • ‘Close friends’ (mean=2.5) and ‘mother/stepmother’ (2.4) were rated as the most HELPFUL people to talk to about a personal problem (Scale: not at all, somewhat, very)

    • ‘Lack of trust,’ ‘anger,’ ‘too busy,’ and ‘making judgments’ were the things checked most often (range 49-56%) when kids were asked what makes relationships with adults difficult

    • ‘Be open-minded’ was the top selection for making relationships between youth and adults easier (67%)


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Ready for Life Survey

  • School

    • Parent/family support ranked #1 when kids were asked what’s most HELPFUL to them staying in school (2.5)

    • Boring classes were the #1 barrier to staying in school (59%)

    • Boys were more likely than girls to report that high school was the highest level of education they expected to complete (17% v 12%)

    • Girls were far more likely than boys to expect to get a graduate degree (52% v 37%)


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Ready for Life Survey

  • Work

    • 62% of kids report having worked at some point

    • When asked why they work, respondents indicated to ‘buy things’ (66%), ‘buy a car’ (58%), ‘pay for college’ (47%); 24% said to ‘help their family’

    • No transportation was selected as the biggest barrier to getting a job (71%)


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Ready for Life Survey

  • Health

    • 44% are sexually active

    • 53% of those that are sexually active do NOT use birth control

    • About 25% of kids reported ‘ever’ smoking cigarettes or using marijuana

    • ‘Handling stress’ was reported as the predominate health issue facing youth (67%)

    • Kids report getting their health information primarily from parents (68%)


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Ready for Life Survey

  • Future

    • 72% of kids reported that they plan to go to college

    • ‘Money for college’ (76%) and ‘access to well-paying jobs’ (60%) were selected most often as the services/programs that would help them to achieve their goals

    • ‘Money management’ (68%) was selected most often as the skill that would help them achieve their goals


Youth survey sub group analyses
Youth Survey: Sub-Group Analyses

  • In order to understand differences among groups, the data was sliced and diced in 4 ways:

    • Gender – to compare male vs female

    • Race – black, white, other

    • Mobility - # of times moved in past 2 years (0-1 time vs 2 or more times)

    • School – North HS vs South HS

  • Your challenge today will be to explore those differences


  • Summary
    Summary

    • This presentation skims the surface of the focus group and youth survey data

    • Your task in the remainder of this meeting is to take a ‘data dive’ and mine the data for more crucial pieces of information

    • We’ll accomplish this as a team working in small data groups


    Data groups
    Data Groups

    • We’ll have 8 Data Groups

      • 3 Focus Groups

        • Interfaith Coalition

        • Girls, Inc.

        • Parkside

      • 5 Youth Survey Groups

        • Overall frequencies

        • Gender

        • Race

        • Mobility

        • School


    Data dive instructions
    Data Dive Instructions

    • Step 1: Form groups of 3-5

      • Collect up your materials – papers, etc.

      • Find folks you don’t know very well or don’t normally work with

      • Comprise your group with individuals from different disciplines (You should all have different colored dots!)

      • Now find a place for your group to sit together


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    Data Dive Instructions

    • Step 2:

      • Your group will be given a data assignment

      • Your job is to figure out what data is most important and actionable

      • Help us weed out info that isn’t useful and surface the info that is (Practical vs. Statistical Significance)

    • Step 3: Assign Roles for Group Members

      • Group Scribe – 1 person

      • Time Keeper – 1 person

      • Task Master – 1 person

      • Scouts/Data Hunters – 1-2 people


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    Data Dive Instructions

    • Step 4: Sort Through Your Data – (5 min)

      • Figure out what you have to review

      • Divide it up if needed

    • Step 5: Individually Review the Data (10 min)

      • Complete the Key Findings Worksheet – “Individual Reactions to Data”

      • Zero in on what’s most IMPORTANT

      • Use your wisdom and experience to make judgments


    Data dive instructions3
    Data Dive Instructions

    • Step 6: Talk About What You Found –(25 min)

      • As a group decide what the key findings are, discuss why they are key, what can be done about them and who needs to be involved

      • Scribe fill in the “Group Reaction to Data” Handout

    • Step 7: Prioritize What’s MOST Important (5 min)

      • As a group, decide which finding is most important

      • Write that finding on newsprint along with why it’s important, what can be done about it and who needs to be involved

      • Report out to the large group


    Groups
    Groups

    • Health - Yellow

    • Education - Green

    • Law Enforcement – (Police, DJS, Courts) - Blue

    • Non-profit/CBO – Pink

    • Business - White

    • Other - Purple


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