Mixed-Method Evaluation of an Israeli Youth Participation Program
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Empowerment is important for the development of adolescents. There are several participation programs that aim to empower their participants. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect on empowerment that Ashoka’s Youth Venture program has on its participants. The study used both quantitative and qualitative methods. Participants of the program (N =36) were asked to fill out a questionnaire about empowerment during one of Ashoka’s events. The adolescents indicated that they feel more empowered by taking part in the program, especially by having a coach and working in group. The qualitative data was gathered through four individual interviews with the coaches of the program and one group interview with three coaches. Findings indicate that the main thing participants learned is that they have the ability to make a change in their environment. In addition, important influential elements of the program on the empowerment of the adolescents are demonstrated.