Positive Action Program Analysis

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African American males start life off being at-risk just because of their race and gender. Carson (2014) discovered that in 2013 3% of all African American males were in prison and only 0.5% of all white males were in prison. At risk does not only translate to prison sentences but also a lack of education and a difficult time obtaining decent work. The lack of these resources is also likely to result in poverty. Toliver (2013) suggests that the lack of educational and work opportunities has translated to an increase in poverty and mortality in black males. Toliver also suggests that mentoring at risk youth is a solution to the uneven distribution of young black males being at-risk. What is at-risk youth? Leventhal and Brooks Gunn (2000) define it as when developmental needs are not properly addressed, mostly because of external factors, which can result in future delinquent or risky behaviors. Children growing up in neighborhoods or families where they are surrounded by similar behaviors or a lack of developmental needs are considered …show more content…
The philosophy surrounding the Positive Action program is that when someone does something positive, they, in turn, feel good about themselves. With these skills, the Positive Action program believes that the youth can continue to develop in a positive way. Positive Action program is a large kit for each grade level that comes with workbooks and other materials and includes 139 lessons that are about 15 minutes long. The National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (2014) states that the intended improvements of Positive Action program are school performance, at-risk behaviors, and family relationships or social

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