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Masters Field Project
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Arts (MA)
Wang, Grace A.
Hollenhorst, Steven J.
Worthington, Amber K.
This Masters of Arts Project describes the evolution of a pilot program to a scale model that served youth in the Bellingham School District who were identified as “10% furthest from opportunity” and/or Latinx, Migrant, and English Language Learner (ELL) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vamos Outdoors Project delivered the pilot project in partnership with the Bellingham School District, serving students in-person and on-site to improve educational and socio-emotional outcomes during online learning and quarantine. The scale model, Connections, was delivered as a multi-organizational community partnership with the same goals. As the literature describes, Latinx, ELL, and Migrant youth experience inequitable educational and social outcomes and disproportionately benefit from experiential and socio-emotional learning. Influenced by Bourdieu’s theory of social capital, Vamos connected youth to mentors who helped navigate online learning and supported socio-emotional development through outdoor activities. Access to mentors and other program resources helped students build social capital and find joy, thus improving educational and socio-emotional outcomes during remote learning and quarantine.
Data from qualitative and quantitative assessments from both the pilot and scale programs indicate that participants improved academic outcomes and socio-emotional development during a time when they faced barriers to success in school. This project is an evaluation of the pilot and scale programs and serves as a case study that demonstrates how the two programs benefited participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Latinx, Environmental Education, Social Capital, Vamos
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Bellingham School District 501
Subject – LCSH
Nonprofit organizations--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Evaluation; Child care services--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Outdoor education--Washington (State)--Bellingham; School children--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Minorities; Social capital (Sociology)--Washington (State)--Bellingham; COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020---Social aspects--Washington (State)--Bellingham
fieldwork (research); masters theses
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Basabe, Andrew, "Vamos Outdoors Project’s Innovative Schools Based Programs During COVID-19: Program Assessment" (2021). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1038.