The Barrio Arts &Culture Communications Academy (BACCA) as a Model for Culturally Sensitive Youth-Driven Inquiry and Praxi...
Presentation Goals <ul><li>Describe BACCA as a Culturally Tailored After School Program to Promote the Well-Being of Latin...
Trends in  Public Health &Youth Development <ul><li>Youth culture as an asset </li></ul><ul><li>Youth use of media and tec...
Realities of Community Youth <ul><li>High school drop out / “push out” </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived lack of possibilities f...
National Academy of Sciences Report 2002 <ul><li>Changing landscape of family and community life </li></ul><ul><li>Resourc...
BACCA Goals <ul><li>1. To engage at-risk Latino adolescents from the Humboldt Park Community in a multi-component communit...
Scientific Basis <ul><li>1. positive and sustained adult-youth relationships </li></ul><ul><li>2. skill building, includin...
Scientific  Basis <ul><li>developmental contextualism  </li></ul><ul><li>social support </li></ul><ul><li>social learning ...
Organization: PRCC *Prosocial norms *Dedicated & competent staff *Empowering & culturally sensitive climate. Community Lat...
Goals of PYD (Positive Youth Development) <ul><li>Promoting positive relationships with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizin...
WHO Europe Report on Empowerment & Health 2006 <ul><li>The most effective empowerment strategies are those that build on a...
Evaluation Methods <ul><li>Descriptive survey at program entry  </li></ul><ul><li>Small group discussion </li></ul><ul><li...
Program Strengths <ul><li>Youth had strong reactions to the cultural and community context of their experiences </li></ul>...
Lessons Learned: Youth Outcomes <ul><li>Confidence in discussing issues with other adults, neighbors and youth </li></ul><...
BACCA as a Community Resource <ul><li>A forum for exploration, discovery & personal transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Takin...
Closing Thoughts <ul><li>Most Important Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>- community ownership of issues  (sustainability...
Community Health Vision <ul><li>BACCA seeks to become the premier Latino organization for youth-driven inquiry and action ...
Gracias, Thank you! Special Thanks to Program Coordinators  Xavier “Xavi” Luis Burgos and  Tabita Escobar-Perez; and to Ma...
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    1. 1. The Barrio Arts &Culture Communications Academy (BACCA) as a Model for Culturally Sensitive Youth-Driven Inquiry and Praxis Michele A. Kelley UIC School of Public Health June 14, 2009
    2. 2. Presentation Goals <ul><li>Describe BACCA as a Culturally Tailored After School Program to Promote the Well-Being of Latino Youth and Foster Future Leadership for Community Health Improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss trends in public health and youth development </li></ul><ul><li>Articulate the significance of BACCA for the community </li></ul>
    3. 3. Trends in Public Health &Youth Development <ul><li>Youth culture as an asset </li></ul><ul><li>Youth use of media and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Quality out of school time </li></ul><ul><li>Community-driven inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Social marketing to influence behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Youth led health promotion </li></ul>
    4. 4. Realities of Community Youth <ul><li>High school drop out / “push out” </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived lack of possibilities for a meaningful future </li></ul><ul><li>Racism/ discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Identity confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Family economic and social strain </li></ul><ul><li>Violence </li></ul>
    5. 5. National Academy of Sciences Report 2002 <ul><li>Changing landscape of family and community life </li></ul><ul><li>Resources available to young people </li></ul><ul><li>Societal complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Continuum of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Social stratification & disparities </li></ul><ul><li>Expand framework to positive outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>(NAS Community Programs to Promote Youth Development, 2002) </li></ul>
    6. 6. BACCA Goals <ul><li>1. To engage at-risk Latino adolescents from the Humboldt Park Community in a multi-component community arts, culture, and technology program, </li></ul><ul><li>2. To demonstrate how participation in the program decreases risk for school dropout through capturing proximal indicators of positive youth development, and </li></ul><ul><li>3. To foster community engagement, social responsibility, and extra-familial sources of support through participation in pro-social, culturally tailored program activities. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Scientific Basis <ul><li>1. positive and sustained adult-youth relationships </li></ul><ul><li>2. skill building, including technical/artistic/literary as well as social skills </li></ul><ul><li>3. youth participation in meaningful and pro-social activities with others </li></ul><ul><li>(Lerner, 2002,) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Scientific Basis <ul><li>developmental contextualism </li></ul><ul><li>social support </li></ul><ul><li>social learning theory </li></ul><ul><li>identity development </li></ul><ul><li>social marginalization / empowerment; </li></ul>
    9. 9. Organization: PRCC *Prosocial norms *Dedicated & competent staff *Empowering & culturally sensitive climate. Community Latino Youth INPUTS (Level= Organization & Community) OUTCOMES (Level = Youth Citizen Residents) Proximal Distal (6 “C’s of PYD) (Prevent Dropout) Nutrition &Physical Activity Homework/Study High School Completion Positive Future Aspirations PYD Caring/ Compassion Competence Contribution Character Connection Confidence Creative Arts & Technology Programs -> -> Engaged Young Citizens Humboldt Park Community Local & Cultural Assets BACCA Youth Contribute to the PRCC & Community: The Social Ecology Cycle ↕ OUTPUTS (Level=Program) Activities/ Reach
    10. 10. Goals of PYD (Positive Youth Development) <ul><li>Promoting positive relationships with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizing youths’ strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Providing opportunities to learn healthy behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting youth with caring adults </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering youth to assume leadership roles in programs & communities </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging youth in ways that build their competence (NCSL, 2007) </li></ul>
    11. 11. WHO Europe Report on Empowerment & Health 2006 <ul><li>The most effective empowerment strategies are those that build on and reinforce authentic participation ensuring autonomy in decision-making, sense of community and local bonding, and psychological empowerment of the community members themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>(Wallerstein, 2006) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Evaluation Methods <ul><li>Descriptive survey at program entry </li></ul><ul><li>Small group discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Video documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Culminating Event with Youth Products and Community Input </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing observation and meetings with careful notation </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory with staff and students </li></ul>
    13. 13. Program Strengths <ul><li>Youth had strong reactions to the cultural and community context of their experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Highly skilled and committed teachers and staff </li></ul><ul><li>Built on existing community assets </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated and shared resources and social roles of leaders and participants </li></ul><ul><li>Prosocial norms and ethos inspired by community history and experience </li></ul>
    14. 14. Lessons Learned: Youth Outcomes <ul><li>Confidence in discussing issues with other adults, neighbors and youth </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation for skills they developed </li></ul><ul><li>Increased understanding of complex community issues, e.g. gentrification, race relations </li></ul><ul><li>Being able to ask for help; and give assistance to others </li></ul><ul><li>Considering community history and culture in their own sense of self and future </li></ul>
    15. 15. BACCA as a Community Resource <ul><li>A forum for exploration, discovery & personal transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Taking on underage drinking as an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Apply cultural assets to assess problem </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanisms in place to take action </li></ul><ul><li>Building capacity for other health issues </li></ul><ul><li>Youth become leaders from experience and self-actualization. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Closing Thoughts <ul><li>Most Important Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>- community ownership of issues (sustainability) </li></ul><ul><li>- social embeddedness of program </li></ul><ul><li>- values rooted in culture </li></ul><ul><li>- Human & Cultural capital stays in community = sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Future of BACCA </li></ul>
    17. 17. Community Health Vision <ul><li>BACCA seeks to become the premier Latino organization for youth-driven inquiry and action to enhance community health and well-being. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Gracias, Thank you! Special Thanks to Program Coordinators Xavier “Xavi” Luis Burgos and Tabita Escobar-Perez; and to Mayra Estrella at UIC.

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