Throughout the academic year, the YWCA of Alliance partnered with Mount Union College’s Psychology Department and Alliance City Schools in a research grant to examine the types and causes of relational aggression emerging in schools at various developmental levels. The results of the research was used to help develop a training session for student care professionals that will not only relate the findings, but uncover strategies to better deal with these issues in schools. Funded by the Great Cities Great Service consortium, the project incorporates the YouthLEAD model with both middle school and college students being agents of social change.
The partnership culminated in a visit to the campus, where college and middle school students had fun building team skills and discussing post secondary education. The college students presented the girls with a book sharing their thoughts and experiences in middle school. The book incorporated the girls drawings that were made during joint activities throughout the semester.