(1) Participatory Methods and Narrative Tools: Fostering Youth-Led Social & Emotional Learning at One Orange County Boys & Girls Club

L. Trenton S. Marsh
University of Central Florida

Kim M. Anderson
University of Central Florida

Jasmine D. Haynes
University of Central Florida

Itunu Ilesanmi
University of Central Florida

Norma E. Conner
University of Central Florida

Tasha Robinson-Banks
Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County

Gary Wilcox
Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County

Abstract

This empirical study describes a youth-led participatory action research project that engaged a majority Black student population facing adverse childhood experiences, including economic inequities, within their Florida communities. In 2019, one Orange County Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) surveyed its 1,400 members to assess their overall club experience. The needs assessment indicated that club members, ages 9–12 years old, reported more challenges than other age groups relating to emotional safety, physical safety, impulse control, teamwork, and conflict resolution. The B&GC director requested university partners to collaborate with older club leaders, ages 15–19 years old, to develop a means of addressing such concerns. Project results were two-fold: (a) the development of an innovative social and emotional curriculum consisting of skill-building and digital-storytelling for younger youth members, and (b) the elevation of voices and experiences of multiply-marginalized youth to spark club transformation through intergenerational mentoring.

Citation

Marsh, L.T.S., Anderson, K.M., Haynes, J.D., Ilesanmi, I., Conner, N.E., Robinson-Banks, T., & Wilcox, G. (2021) Participatory Methods and Narrative Tools: Fostering Youth-Led Social & Emotional Learning at One Orange County Boys & Girls Club. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 59(1), 57-71.

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