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Partners in Action for Teen Health.

Partners in Action for Teen Health (PATH) is a multicomponent, school-based intervention project involving the University of Minnesota’s Prevention Research Center (PRC) and two North Minneapolis organizations, Village Social Services and Nellie Stone Johnson Community School. The goal of PATH is to reduce sexual risk-taking, violence involvement, substance use, and school failure among middle school students from the economically disadvantaged Hawthorne neighborhood. Significantly, the project employs a youth development framework that repudiates the traditional focus on social “problems” among marginalized and underserved groups and instead emphasizes a solution-oriented approach grounded in the identification of resources and protective factors in the community. Renee Sieving (School of Nursing) will work with other PRC investigators to (1) fully engage the PATH community partners in tailoring PATH interventions to a multiethnic group of students from a resource-poor neighborhood; (2) develop the first PATH School Report from student survey data, and engage professionals and parents representing each study school in dialogues around report findings; and (3) develop a PATH Implementation Manual that codifies strategies used to tailor this intervention to a particular context and describes processes that promote intervention adoption within a complex, real-world system. In addition to showing how students from an urban school can benefit from extending classroom learning to families and the community, PATH will provide a model for collaboration between teachers, school administrators, social service providers, University faculty, and college students in a program of youth development. Findings from this research project will also form a scientific basis for advocating long-term changes in school-based practices and policies that promote healthy youth development among young people from communities characterized by health and economic disparities.

Project Award Date: 
2004-06-30
Community organization or agency: 
University of Minnesota’s Prevention Research Center (PRC) and two North Minneapolis organizations, Village Social Services and Nellie Stone Johnson Community School
Reports and related files
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737