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Connecting the Disconnected: A Pilot Survey of High Risk Youth by High Risk Youth

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In summer 2009, a nonprofit agency serving residents of an impoverished neighborhood in Boston collaborated with Harvard University to develop and implement a survey of neighborhood residents ages 16-24 who were either 1) unemployed and not enrolled in school the previous spring, or 2) employed but had dropped out of school. The goal of the survey was to identify barriers to their employment or to resuming their education. The survey included questions on court involvement, adult support, participation in community activities, previous employment, gun use, and violence perpetration and victimization. As this is a more difficult population to reach using traditional survey methods, ten resident young adults (formerly unemployed or high school dropouts themselves) known to and respected by local youth were employed and trained to administer the two-page survey in person while walking around their neighborhood. Nearly one thousand (912) eligible surveys were collected and subsequently analyzed by Harvard. While it was a convenience sample (69% ages 16-20, 66% male, 69% Black, 67% unemployed), the peer-to-peer methodology piloted here enabled quantitative data collection from a hard-to-reach population whose input is critical to developing programs that will enable their reintegration into society and deter their involvement in antisocial behaviors.
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Vriniotis, Mary. and Azrael, Deborah. "Connecting the Disconnected: A Pilot Survey of High Risk Youth by High Risk Youth" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, California, Nov 17, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p431936_index.html>

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Vriniotis, M. and Azrael, D. , 2010-11-17 "Connecting the Disconnected: A Pilot Survey of High Risk Youth by High Risk Youth" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco, California <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p431936_index.html

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Abstract: In summer 2009, a nonprofit agency serving residents of an impoverished neighborhood in Boston collaborated with Harvard University to develop and implement a survey of neighborhood residents ages 16-24 who were either 1) unemployed and not enrolled in school the previous spring, or 2) employed but had dropped out of school. The goal of the survey was to identify barriers to their employment or to resuming their education. The survey included questions on court involvement, adult support, participation in community activities, previous employment, gun use, and violence perpetration and victimization. As this is a more difficult population to reach using traditional survey methods, ten resident young adults (formerly unemployed or high school dropouts themselves) known to and respected by local youth were employed and trained to administer the two-page survey in person while walking around their neighborhood. Nearly one thousand (912) eligible surveys were collected and subsequently analyzed by Harvard. While it was a convenience sample (69% ages 16-20, 66% male, 69% Black, 67% unemployed), the peer-to-peer methodology piloted here enabled quantitative data collection from a hard-to-reach population whose input is critical to developing programs that will enable their reintegration into society and deter their involvement in antisocial behaviors.


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