For African American adolescents to develop into individuals actively engaged in optimal personal and collective development, they must be placed “at promise” as opposed to “at risk” in order to become contributing members of their families, schools, communities, and the broader society. (American Psychological Association Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents, 2008)
Evaluating Black Girls' Experiences with Trauma and Resiliency
More than 400 Black girls, ages 11-18, were surveyed for the study. Rise Sister Rise™ is groundbreaking in size, subject and scope. It is the first research of its kind in the state of Ohio and the largest in the nation. The study was conducted in four Ohio cities: Akron, Columbus, Dayton, and Lima. Each city has a population of Black girls higher than the state average, are medium to large urban areas, and the counties in which the cities are located have higher percentages of children living in poverty and youth adjudicated for felonies.
About Rise Sister Rise
Rise Sister Rise: Evaluating the African American Girls’ Experience of Trauma and Resiliency in Ohio’s Communities is a journey towards academic success and positive socialization for African American girls. There are approximately 201,000 African American girls living in Ohio; the majority residing in metropolitan areas. Research suggests that urban African American girls are significantly exposed to more traumatic stressors than children of other racial groups. The Rise Sister Rise Research Project is designed to explore the ways in which urban adolescent African American girls experience their world and the ways in which they are affected by those experiences. Frances Curtis Frazier, M.A. is the principal investigator and research partner with the Ohio Department of Mental Health which provided original funding for the research project.