Student Research Projects

The Positive Effects of Recreational Programming on At-Risk Youth

Student Taylor McIntosh, '17
Department Recreation
Course Recreation and Leisure Studies 409: Independent Study


Funding for recreational programs in impoverished areas is minuscule. Children in these areas often get into trouble because of a lack of things to do. The purpose of this research project is to address if recreational programming is essential to helping at-risk youth. Research shows a strong positive correlation between recreational programs being offered and a reduction is crime, pregnancy and school dropout rates. I will address this by continuing to review scholarly research. Additionally I will be visiting several recreation centers in lower income areas. The centers are in different geographic areas but they have similar populations.