Social Work students culminate a year-long research project with Boys & Girls Club
Culminating a year-long research project, the Bachelor of Social Work senior class gave a presentation to the Boys & Girls Club, March 8, 2018, in the Christie Theater. Annually, seniors in Social Work take on a collaborative research project with a community partner. This year the students worked with the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) to survey club alumni about their educational attainment, employment and finances. BGC was curious to know more about how club programming continues to impact club alumni as they transition to young adulthood. Special attention was paid to the Teens 2 Work Program, which helps club participants prepare for the workforce. Social work students enrolled in Program Evaluation I & II learned about research by conducting this hands-on project. The Social Work students wrote an IRB proposal, created designed a survey and collected data during the fall semester. This spring, they have worked in teams to analyze the data and create research papers, a research poster and presentation. In addition to sharing the results with Boys & Girls Club staff at the presentation, students have plans to disseminate their findings at a few other symposia in Spring 2018.