Doctoral student Marva Goodson winner of COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award

Photo of Marva GoodsonDoctoral student Marva Goodson has been awarded the Council of Graduate Students Leadership Endowment Fellowship for her work with Ingham County youth who attend a court-run high school.

Ms. Goodson is the co-founder and director of Youth Advancement Through Athletics (YATA), which she describes as “a multi-faceted youth development program which provides athletics, mentorship, career-driven activities, and community engagement opportunities for at-risk students.”

She trains MSU undergraduate students to participate and provide the youth with holistic interventions designed to reduce the high-schoolers’ risk scores and truancy. As of 2016, over 75 interventions have been administered. The project uses a risk assessment tool that targets four domains indicating risk for re-offending: leisure and recreation time, attitudes and orientations, substance abuse, and personality and behavior.

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