Mentor: Maureen Kenny, David Blustein, Professors in Lynch School of Education
Title: Empowering Youth Participating in Work-Based Learning
The purpose of my research is to provide useful research-based information about key educational approaches to serving disadvantaged youth, particularly ethnically diverse youth in urban settings. The basis of my research addresses the concept of work-based learning (WBL), which consists of a variety of learning approaches. One fundamental approach is the practice of adolescent participation in the work force during high school as a way to teach specific skills and competencies necessary for future school-to-work transition. Through WBL programs such as internships, job shadowing, and youth apprenticeship programs, students are placed in the work environment in an effort to create educational experiences embedded through career exploration.