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Fall 2013

Eve Hansen, University of Washington, F13: Study of the Impacts of the Baseball League of Acción Callejera on Self  Esteem, Social Relationships, and Motivation of Youth Seven to Eighteen Years Old in Hato del Yaque, Santiago, Dominican Republic

This investigation presents a study of the achievements of the baseball league of Acción Callejera  in the self-esteem, the social relations and the motivation of the youth of seven to 18 years in Hato del Yaque, Santiago, Dominican Republic.  The purpose was to identify the effects of the baseball league on the boys and see if it has had a positive effect on their development.  The investigation discovered the success in achieving the objectives of the baseball league but first, the objectives, the mission, and the vision of the league had to be determined.  This study will be helpful in the development of the organization of this recreational program that exists to provide a healthy activity that takes the boys off of the streets.  Acción Callejera is a non-profit organization that works to provide equal opportunities for the youth in risk, assure them of their human rights and provide a safe environment.  

At the end, the investigator concluded that the baseball league is a beneficial and healthy activity for the boys and provides them with opportunities to develop; however, there are areas of the league that need improvement.  There has to be more organization and discipline in the structure of the practices and games because as they are now, they are chaotic, and the youth could benefit more from their practice if improvements were made.  


Darla Wynn, George Washington University, F13: Causes and Consequences of the Violence in the Children of the Third Grade at the Arturo Jimenes Community School of Los Platanitos

The general objective of this study is to analyze the causes and consequences of the violence in the children of the third grade class at the Arturo Jimenes Community School in Los Platanitos, Gurabo, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. The specific objectives are to 1) Identify the causing factors of the violence in the children, 2) Explain the effects of the violence in the classroom, 3) Learn the feelings of the children who show violent behavior and who are victims of the violence in the classroom, and 4) Consult the teachers and parents of the children about the possible causes of the violence in their children and students as well as about their actions against the violence in the children.

The results of the study show that familial and home situations are factors identified as causes of violence within children and in the school. The main causing factor of violent actions is children being provoked by their peers. The results also show that violence serves as a distraction in the classroom, causing less learning than what is possible. Furthermore, the results show that the majority of the children, violent and non-violent, feel bad and sad about the violence that occurs in the class and all of them are are able to identity wrong from right. Finally, the results show that while the teachers have methods of dealing with and addressing the issue of violence, the parents of the children do not talk to their children enough about the issue.

At the end of the study, the researcher suggests that the teachers communicate with the parents more, use a reward system with the children, and continue with strict and consistent consequences when students act violent. She also suggests that in continuing the study of this issue, the next researcher should talk to the psychologists of the school about violence in the children and research productive ways to discuss the problem with children and their parents. 

Kate Shafer, Elon University, F13: Evaluation of the Orientation and Capacitation Program for Parents and the Rehabilitation Program for Adolescents and Youth with Disabilities of the Association of Mothers of Disabled Children in Santiago de los Caballeros

This research project evaluated the Orientation and Capacitation Program for Parents and the Rehabilitation Program for Adolescents and Youth with Disabilities of the Association of Mothers of Disabled Children (MANIDI) in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic.  The Association of Mothers of Disabled Children is a non-profit organization with an office in the community of Pueblo Nuevo that supports disabled youth and their parents with rehabilitation, familiar reintegration and education.  The families of MANIDI live in a variety of communities in Santiago but travel to the office in Pueblo Nuevo for the majority of the activities of MANIDI.

This research is an evaluation and contains both qualitative and quantitative aspects.  The researcher used direct observations, informal interviews, a conversation with a focus group of students with experience with the rehabilitation program and a survey for the parents of the focus group with experience in the orientation and capacitation program to evaluate the programs.  The evaluation was conducted with the goal of offering suggestions to make the programs of MANIDI more efficient, successful and sustainable.

This project represents the importance of keeping the families content while actively looking for more families and potential donors to maintain a successful organization.  The majority of the discontent of the families of MANIDI, according to this study, resulted from transportation issues, the time and scheduling of activities and the elimination of the families’ favorite programs.  The researcher also offered suggestions to earn more funds and conducted a project with the intention of improving those problems.  This project included a public relations campaign, information about grants and suggestions to improve the preexisting programs.  Above all, though, the families of MANIDI are very happy and grateful for all of the help that MANIDI has given them. 

Jasmine Eshkar, Oberlin University, F13: Evaluation of the Challenges and Opportunities of Communication in Arte a Mano

This study examines Arte a Mano’s internal and external communication systems to determine their future opportunities. Like every small business, the group has fought to take advantage of its surroundings. This study examines communication as an area in which the group has strengths and chances to improve and expand. It finds that the development of clear systems for both internal and external communication is very important for the group’s functioning. The recommendation section focuses on qualities that the group already has that it can use to find more opportunities in the future, highlighting Arte a Mano’s strengths of interpersonal connections and the shared goals of its members.

Kenny Strauss, University of Missouri, F13: Evaluation of the Viability of a Nutrition and Excercise Program for a Healthy Lifestyle in People Between the Ages of 25 and 60 in the Community of Pekín Abajo, Zone Sur, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

In Pekin Abajo,diabetes and hypertension are very prevalent and dangerous.  But, these diseases are curable and coniditons can be improved with two simple acts; exercise and healthy eating.  This investigation measures the level of interest of an exercise club or nutrition club in the community.  In addition, the investigation finds ways to help start this club.  The conclusions of this study are results of the contribution of the investigator, the health promoters in Pekin Abajo, and members of the community.  Finally, the investigation demonstrates the necessity of an exercise and/or nutrition club.  

April Hooper, Clark University, F13: 

In the Dominican Republic, there are high rates of early initiation of sexual relationships, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and illegal abortions in adolescents. This study aims to discover if these four problems come from a lack of knowledge of adolescents about sex-related topics and puberty and if they have or want access to information and resources about sex-related topics and puberty. The study also tries to uncover the opinions about a sexual education program in the school from the school staff and community organizations that work with adolescent services. This research is focused on the neighborhoods of Barrio Lindo and Barrio Obrero in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic and is executed through the CIEE Service-Learning exchange program and the Juan XXIII first level center of medicine. It studies students in seventh and eighth grade in the Salomé Ureña school.




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