Empowerment Groups for Academic Success (EGAS)
Initiative Description: Topics of discussion were chosen by participants and included family and peer relationships, the death of friends and loved ones, pregnancy and single parenting, experiences with first sexual encounters, smoking, confrontations and poor relationships with teachers, and general school and academic concerns. The group met once a week for 45 minutes, with the time rotating in order to alternate missed classes
Study Results: Marked improvements were evident in the group accompanied by self-reports about improved academic performance.
Reference: Bemak, F., Chung, R. C.-Y., & Siroskey-Sabdo, L. (2005). Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: An Innovative Approach to Prevent High School Failure for At-Risk, Urban African American Girls. Professional School Counseling, 8(5), 377–389.
Level of Evidence: Good