Evaluation of the Pretty Lake Program and the Intervention of At-Risk Youth
Ducoffe, Alexander Jay
An observational study was done during the summer of 2012 at Pretty Lake Vacation Camp; a non-profit entity located in Texas Township, Matawan, Michigan. Research was done on the factors that are involved regarding at-risk youth as well as intervention techniques such as schools and camps. Poverty, race, and parental relationships were the central dynamics studied among the many conditions that put youth at risk. Six sessions of observation were conducted by the observer, in the role of a counselor at Pretty Lake. The boys of cabin 6 were the focal point of observation, ranging in age from 10-12 years old. Interaction and conversation was done among the campers and observer, although no structured interviews were conducted. The characteristics of the campers were found to resemble the findings of past research on components of at-risk youth. Further analysis regarding the evaluation of Pretty Lake as a program for intervention with youth at risk was conducted. Individual campers stories are discussed and analyzed in terms of past research on the factors putting youth at risk and ways Pretty Lake seeks to promote change.
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