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Fargo, ND — To engage communities in identifying factors contributing to high youth dropout and unemployment rates
Keeping the Community Stakeholder Committee members engaged in the long-term participatory process was challenging because originally, we held regular meetings but then they became sporadic because we were completing the interviews, transcriptions, data analysis and writing the reports.
Twenty interviews were completed in January 2017 and in February 2017... themes for In School Youth included: School Involvement, Study Skills, Support in School, Family Support, Dropping Out of High School, Challenges in School, and Future Plans.
Be prepared for the amount of time that it will take to implement a community project. Also through my time working with the Next Steps Program, CCCC and Spirit Lake Nation, I have learned that things will happen when they are meant to.