For our main project, we transcribed audio recordings from our sessions with the BAHEC youth. From a preliminary analysis, we developed 3 themes (based on the recordings): entertainment, relatable and empowerment. These themes represent what youth expressed they needed from SNAs to effectively advocate health in the community. I analyzed the surveys each participant completed, which evaluate community connection, civic awareness and civic efficacy. Scores revealed that youth did not have a strong sense of civic responsibility to the community as expected, with a score of 60 (on a scale of 1 - 96).
Overall, my research experience at Northeastern University was great! I really enjoyed being in Boston. It was special for me, since I am a southern girl :). During the research process I gained a lot of insight from the graduate students also. My mentor, Dr. Parker was absolutely amazing! Thank you to the DREU program for granting me this opportunity.