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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Protective Factors in After-School Programs: A Case Study

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Protective Factors in After-School Programs: A Case Study
Presenter: Joshua Prior Co - Presenters: Daniela Zuzunaga , Tamara Kurz  
This project is a case study in the protective-factor promoting processes that take place in afterschool programs. Children growing up in low-income neighbourhoods face several risk factors that reduce the chances of a positive life outcome. When trying to break cycles of poverty and criminality, the scope of social programs available to at-risk children is varied. After school programs have been well researched in regards to the protective factors that they provide to at-risk children, and their abilities to enhance the future opportunities of said children. After-school programs in high-risk neighbourhoods derived from the desire to provide children with an environment that could deliver a caring milieu and positive social development. These community-building programs act as a catalyst for positive behaviour, resiliency and the amelioration of delinquent behaviours. This research regarding afterschool programs, which is its preliminary stages, seeks to understand the factors that play in providing a human service systems approach in a school setting, and how these factors create or increase resilience and protective factors. Furthermore, there is an emphasis in resilience as a result and by-product of grassroots community support, and the accessibility of the implementation of after-school programs as a means to create said resilience.


Josh Prior

Student at Vancouver Island University Josh Prior is a 4th year Criminology student at Vancouver Island University. He has taken specific courses outside of the required courses that deal with long-term crime patters and analysing geographic information for the purposes of looking... Read More →


Tamara Kurz

MBA candidate at Vancouver Island University Tamara Kurz, an international student in Vancouver Island University’s (CA) and University of Hertfordshire’s (UK) double degree Master of Business Administration and Master of Science International Business program. Previously studied... Read More →

Daniela Zuzunaga

Daniela Zuzunaga is a 4th year Sociology student at Vancouver Island University. She has been involved with grassroots community organizing within Nanaimo, BC, and has been part of the board of Directors of a not for profit agency specializing in violence against women. Daniela has... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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