Project Step-Up: Feasibility of a Comprehensive School Based Prevention Program


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

As a potential intervention, Project Step-Up is an interdisciplinary, secondary prevention afterschool program targeting socio-emotional and academic domains while also providing needed mental health resources for hard-to-engage youth. This paper presents data on participants’ mental health status and sustained participation in the program’s afterschool youth group, where participation is conceptualized as a component of overall engagement (Staudt, 2007). While evaluating Project Step-Up via a randomized controlled trial (RCT) is beyond the scope of the current paper, preliminary data helps to determine whether Project Step-Up can feasibly engage at-risk youth, which is a necessary first step prior to formal RCT evaluation.

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