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|Project Title: ||Addressing Teen Topics|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||B M C Durfee High - Fall River|
|Contact Name:||Thomas Pavao|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Community Need:||Human Needs, (students)|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The Durfee High School students participated in the planning, organizing and administration of the Teen Topics Program.This program was a five part presentation addressing issues such as Living with HIV/Aids, Internet Safety, Cultural Diversity, Communicating with Adults and Healthy Relationships and Dating. The program was presented to middle school students at all four middle schools during after school time. The students learned organizational, communication, research, and presentation skills.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Informative workshops on pertinent topics presented by older peers was a powerful draw to attract participation at the city's middle schools. Topics were developed by the peer leaders by informally surveying their friends and community partners.
|Service Component: |
Students developed the topics and were trained in presentation skills, did research on the topics and solicited community resource partners as guest speakers. There were six student peer leaders involved in developing the program. There were a total of 449 students attending five sessions at four middle schools. The average student attendance was 22 students per session. In a pre survey, 56.8% of the students felt that because of programs such as these, they made better life choices; that increased to 72% after the presentations with an additional 25% stating that the programs "sort of" made a difference in decision making.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The students focused on communication, research and organizational skills. The nature of the program demanded students demonstrate those skills to keep their audience focused.
Comprehensive Health Standards:
Physical Health Students will recognize decisions that all individuals will make with respect to their bodies in daily living and identify the relationships among actions, conduct and wellness.
Social and Emotional Health Students will develop skills needed in daily life as they come to learn about their identity and how to manage interactions with other people.
Safety and Prevention Students examine how they make decisions and weigh the probable consequences of their actions.
Personal and Community Health Students will develop a clearer understanding of their personal, social and civic responsibilities by acting on accurate information to improve health in their communities.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students at Durfee High School had a strong sense of voice and leadership in their project. Although they implemented their own thoughts and ideas for a strong program, they also met with the students to whom they would be presenting and received positive feedback on topic areas.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students involved with this project might have reflected their experience through journaling, peer discussion groups, and teacher-led discussions. Reflection is an important tool for students to use, as it does enforce student learning amongst participants.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Durfee High School students, teachers, middle school
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Peer leaders and Teen Topic participants were treated to ice cream and pizza following the last session in their school.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Middle school principals will be surveyed to indicate interest in continuing the program at their school. A community service advisory board will be formed to investigate city wide, integrated community service program.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The challenge will be to collaborate with diverse community agencies to develop a comprehensive, integrated city wide plan. The solution is to build on the successful partnerships developed to implement the Teen Topics Program.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.