Fostering Social Support, Leadership Competence, Community Engagement, and Resilience Among Samoan American Youth

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Samoan American youth face several social and educational challenges, yet there is limited psychological research on this growing cultural group. A culturally responsive intervention program, Wear Your Pride, was developed, implemented, and evaluated with 58 low-income Samoan American middle and high school students living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the intervention was to promote social support, leadership skills, community involvement, and resilience. Surveys administered before and after the program indicate participants’ levels of social support, leadership, community engagement, and resilience all significantly increased after the 8-session program. Implications for research and practice in intervention programs are discussed.

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