Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
Youth often feel powerless and alienated in their communities and have expressed that they are not seen as contributing citizens. This study investigates the relation between sense of community and participation of youth aged 12-15 residing in a disadvantaged Atlantic Canadian community. The research design is a one-group, pre/post-test survey, and an intervention. The intervention is the formation of a youth action committee (YAC) from a self-selected stratified sample (N=36) drawn from randomly selected classrooms within three schools. The YAC worked collectively on a number of issues in their community using an action model. Results highlight the concerns and outcomes of youth working at the community level as well as what youth need to participate more fully.
McKay, Marcie D., "Longing to be heard: Examining sense of community and participation through the voices of youth" (2006). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 792.