ESPI: Watson-Thompson: Youth Development in Wyandotte County

Jomella Watson-Thompson, Assistant Professor of Applied Behavioral Science, has collaborated with Communities in Schools (CIS) of KCK/Wyandotte County to assess and implement strategies to improve social and educational outcomes for youth in Wyandotte County. Dr. Thompson and colleagues at the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development ( http://communityhealth.ku.edu/ )have provided training and technical support to CIS staff and faith-based partners to enhance their capacity. Through this partnership a community assessment and strategic plan was developed to guide community efforts in addressing youth violence and to support youth development in the community. CIS staff co-presented at the conference for Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, and is co-authoring a manuscript to submit to an academic journal. Also, since 2008, over 250 hours of service-learning with CIS have been supported by undergraduate students to provide applied experience in supporting community health and development projects.

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