ERIC Number: ED421556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons and Challenges from a Culture and Gender Responsive School-Based Youth Program: Project Da Da Kidogo.
Project Da Da Kidogo is an innovative and culturally specific program based on the African proverb "It takes an entire village to raise a child." The program provides a wide range of services to meet the academic, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the young African American women in the community. The program focuses on peer group, individual, and family domains, and uses a holistic case-managed approach to services. This paper presents the evaluation of Project Da Da Kidogo in its fourth year, identifying the counseling needs of the African American female adolescents in the community, the use of the counseling services provides by the project, and identifying emerging issues in the area of minority counseling. The target population was African American adolescent females in the north and northeast quadrant of urban Multnomah County (Oregon), the area that includes Portland and Gresham. Services were offered at a middle school, a high school, and a drop-in center. The proposed sample was set at 40 participants, and the actual sample was 38 in the evaluation year. Participants completed a survey of behavior, a sense of self survey, and the Child Assessment Checklist. Evaluation results indicate that the program's main accomplishment has been the development and orientation of the program in the two schools. Survey responses show that the program has been well received by participants, and that it has been helpful in educating students about substance use issues and communication skills. The program enhanced protective factors and reduced risk factors for the participants, who received enrichment experiences and emotional support. There is a strong consensus that the program helps provide a strong and effective prevention program for dropout and pregnancy. (Contains 5 figures and 12 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon (Portland)