Redefining Resilience and Reframing Resistance: Evaluation of a Violence Prevention and Health Promotion Empowerment Program for Black Girls
PROJECT SUMMARY: In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Black girls are 11 times more likely than white girls to be referred to the juvenile court, while nationally, Black girls are referred three times as often. The proposed research will evaluate an empowerment-based program for Black girls designed to challenge negative perceptions, prevent violence, and improve their health via advocacy, restorative practices, and participatory research. This research aims to address the following questions via a mixed-methods, longitudinal and participatory approach: (1) Can an empowerment-focused intervention prevent violence and improve Black girls’ health? (2) Can this empowerment-focused intervention shift adults’ and girls’ narratives about Black girls? There is growing national awareness of the challenges faced by Black girls, and now is an opportune time to document and disseminate evidence-based models that address these inequities.
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- Kathi Elliott, MSW, CRNP, DNP, Executive Director, Gwen’s Girls, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Sara Goodkind, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Department of Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Britney Brinkman, PhD, Associate Professor, Park Point University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania