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Evaluation of a Youth Gun Violence Prevention Program Developed by Art Center, LAUSD, and Sentient Research has Promising Results
09-02-2013

In 2012, Sentient Research partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena to produce and evaluate Where’s Daryl?, an innovative anti-gun violence prevention education program for middle school youth. This program follows a fictional character named Daryl who misses out on the things he loves most (birthday parties, shooting hoops, and even his first love) because he got mixed up with guns and landed in the juvenile justice system. The program was initially conceptualized and developed by students in the Design Matters program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, with program curriculum further expanded by LAUSD and Sentient Research.

In addition to helping to develop the program, Sentient Research planned and implemented the evaluation of Where’s Daryl? with over 700 students and 7 teachers. Evaluation results were very encouraging. Students who participated in the program had a statistically significant increase in both knowledge and in negative attitudes towards guns. Teachers were overwhelmingly positive about the program, and provided valuable feedback that will be used to refine the program moving forward.

We are very excited to be working with the LAUSD and the Art Center College of Design to plan a larger implementation of Where’s Daryl? in 35 middle school classrooms with 3,500 students in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 
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