High school students

Developing a community needs assessment of at-risk students at Fyffe High School, Fyffe, Alabama

Author
Keith L Atchley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a community needs assessment of at-risk students in Fyffe High School in Fyffe, Alabama, for the purpose of making recommendations to Fyffe First Baptist Church (Fyffe FBC) on how to best minister to these students and their parents. Multiple forms of demographic data were considered in order to identify the age ranges, socio-economic status, and behaviors that contribute to students becoming at-risk. Interviews with local and state agencies along with local school officials were conducted to ascertain what forms of assistance are available to students and if any proactive interventions are in place to prevent students from slipping into the at-risk category. Research and surveys were conducted in order to discover and assess the age and grade level of students who can be most impacted by intervention and support strategies.

Vocational imagination: the spirituality of vocation among Baptist participants in a youth theology program

Author
Melanie Greer Nogalski
Abstract
This qualitative study examines the impact of a theological program for high school youth on Baptist participants two years after their exposure to theological reflection in a summer academy emphasizing vocational exploration. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and the results reveal a burgeoning vocational imagination with participants displaying a personal relationship with God, a growing engagement of participation in God's purpose for the world, a willingness to engage actively in vocational discernment, an ability to connect understandings of self with life commitments of vocation, and a passion to meet the needs of others. A model of vocational imagination emerges with the themes of explore, connect, and understand.

The evaluation of a character based program that teaches universal principles in the context of relationships at North Cobb high school

Author
Lori E Salierno
Abstract
Character formation among young people can be enhanced in a positive way if universal truth based on God's Word is taught in the context of positive relationships. This study evaluates the methodology used in the delivery of a character-based program focused on universal principles in the context of relationships among public high school students at North Cobb high school in Kennesaw, Georgia. While not an exhaustive study of character education, this study explores a successful method of facilitating character development. Three research questions have guided this study: 1. What was the level of character in the target group at North Cobb high school at the beginning of the program? 2. How did the level of character change in the target group at North Cobb high school because of the program? 3. What was the quality of treatment given? The literature review focuses on the biblical basis of character development and the transference of truth from one generation to the next, as well as contemporary sources on the most effective ways to teach character development.

Teenage sexual morality: a supplemental resource on secular viewpoints, biblical teaching . . . and practical implications. . .

Author
Barbara M Kohl
Abstract
This project proposes and presents a booklet about sexual morality for personal use by Christian youth of high school age, testing it with 18 members of four church youth groups in the US and Canada and in an international school and Christian school in Germany. Printed materials directed to high school youth can increase their knowledge of biblical sexual standards and produce positive change in sexual attitudes among them.

Equipping ministers of youth to prepare Christian high school seniors to face religious and secular pluralism on the college campus

Author
Jeffrey R Cramer
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip ministers of youth to prepare Christian high school seniors to face religious and secular pluralism on the college campus. Many Christian college freshmen drop out of church involvement. The project contains a notebook that deals with five key topics that will help prepare seniors for college. These topics are world view, creation versus evolution, decision making, sexuality, and Christianity in the marketplace. The project was taught to and evaluated by youth ministers, high school seniors, and professional student workers. The overall project is a success and should be used to prepare seniors for college.

A comparative study of guidance counseling for high school seniors in a Christian school

Author
Kenneth L Davies
Abstract
The research problem was directed toward the reduction of anxiety in graduating high school seniors at Owatonna Christian School concerning post-high school plans through a student intervention counseling program. The research design procedure follows the nonrandomized control-group pretest-posttest design delineated from the Handbook in research and evaluation. The research results indicated that there was no difference between the two groups concerning immediate feelings about post-high school plans (state anxiety). But comparison of the post-test trait anxiety means indicated that the experimental group perceived post-high school situations as less threatening than the control group.

Welcome, nurture, challenge: a program of collaboration in youth ministry involving a Catholic high school and four Catholic parishes

Author
Patrick J Riley
Abstract
This project was designed to help integrate students of a Catholic high school into the life of their parishes. The project did so through the high school's active support of parish youth retreats, through encouragement of student involvement in the ministries of the parish and through providing school time and space for interaction of the parish staffs and their youth on a quarterly basis. A pre- and post-project self-report questionnaire was administered to the student participants as a means of determining the success of the project. Questionnaire results indicated that the project was successful in helping the students to become more involved in the life of their parishes.

The effects of required community service on the development of self-esteem, personal and social responsibility of high school students

Author
Maria Crosman
Abstract
Students in this study participated in required community service projects. The concern for service carries out the practices of the Society of Friends (Quakers). The question studied was the effects of requiring community service. Pre and post test measures were taken using instruments to measure self-esteem, social and personal responsibility. Interview and group discussion were used to gather data. The students in this study showed a significant increase in social and personal responsibility. Self-esteem did not change significantly. There are several characteristics of program design that could be incorporated in service programs to allow for growth in high school students.
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