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Understanding School Climate for American Indian Youth: A CBPR Case-Study Approach

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $811,125)

Child Trends and the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) propose to conduct a five year community-based participatory research program in the South West United States. The purpose of this study is 1) understand how American Indian (AI) students perceive the climate and safety of their schools and the factors that contribute to such perceptions; and 2) how such perceptions compare with the experiences of other youths of color regarding school climate and safety. The sample will be up to five schools in Mesa area with greater than 10% AI population on or near the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). Data will be collected from multiple sources including: students, family members, instructional staff and non-instructional staff, and school policies. Quantitative data will be collected through a brief, confidential online survey adapted from the US Department of Education’s School Climate Survey. Qualitative data will be collected through a Photovoice project, community mapping, interviews, and document reviews. Photovoice is a qualitative data collection strategy that allows participants to share their perspectives on a topic using both images and accompanying verbal or written comments. It has been used in research with youth in general and with AI/AN youth populations. Community mapping involves working with members of a community to locate community assets on a map. The information identify which services, programs, and staff members are perceived as helpful by youth. This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in the applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements – 2 CFR 200.210(a) (14). ca/ncf

Date Created: September 6, 2017