Identifying Hopes and Fears Among School Re-engaged Youth – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Identifying Hopes and Fears Among School Re-engaged Youth

Amber Yaldo


Pronouns: She/Her

Research Mentor(s): Sarah Stoddard, Associate Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science, School of Nursing
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 3 (1pm-1:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 4
Presenter: 2

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Many students who are newly re-engaging in school are facing many difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study examined how the pandemic has impacted the lives of secondary school students enrolled in a school re-engagement program. The overall purpose of the study was to understand how youth re-engaging in school can best be supported during the pandemic. A systematic review of the literature was conducted to examine the use of peer mentors with school-disengaged youth as a strategy to support school re-engagement. Data from surveys completed by students enrolled in a school re-engagement program were also analyzed. As part of the survey, students were asked to report their hopes and fears for the future. Each response listed by participants was coded into 1 of 18 categories by two independent reviewers. Any discrepancies in coding were discussed until a final category was agreed upon. Common categories for both hopes and fears included academic success, occupational success, interpersonal relationships, and financial resources. These findings provide insight into common hopes and fears faced by students during the pandemic. School re-engagement programs have proven to be an effective way to support youth who have disconnected or dropped out of secondary school. Study findings provide insights into how to support newly school re-engaged youth during this time of increased stress and isolation. The goal of this work is to translate these findings into programs and services to support student success.

Authors: Sarah Stoddard, Amber Yaldo
Research Method: Library/Archival/Internet Research

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