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Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education


The purpose of this study was to examine parental attitudes and preferences toward youth programs in a small city school in Northwest Virginia that offer sports activities and mentoring. The study was conducted through the use of surveys, and an in-depth study of similar research and peer-reviewed journal articles. Special interest was given to the youth's parents' attitudes (with specific emphasis on their children's preferences) toward different, existing programs and interest in specific types of sports activities and mentoring programs. Most studies have focused on evaluating youth programs and the effects of youth programs for troubled youth in large cities, instead of the actual attitudes toward and interest for the programs; the focus of this study. The study was conducted prior to opening a new program, as opposed to studying an already existing center.

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