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Daniel Washington Sociological Field School 07/29/15 What I Learned: Reflection Essay The Atlanta Homeless Youth Account and Needs Assessment field school course was not like any traditional course that I have taken since I have been a college student. It was rather unconventional in its layout, and what made it so unconventional compared to a traditional lecture course was that it provided a hands on approach to learning. The whole idea behind this course was to learn about homeless youth in the Atlanta metropolitan area, understand the research behind homeless youth, and then apply that research into a situational setting. The objective was to create a collaborative team environment, in which students would collectively interview homeless youth all over the metropolitan area through the use of anonymous surveys and collect data on their experiences with being homeless. What made this type of approach so effective was that it granted us the opportunity to personalize the research experience in a way where we, as a class, were able to get an inside look how much of an impact homelessness has on people’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Once I began to interview homeless youth between the ages of 14 and 25, I started off feeling apprehensive about how I can effectively conduct interviews and on how I can elucidate on what we wanted to accomplish as a research team. Our goals were to collect information that can be used to help homeless youth who have unstable housing and provide metro-Atlanta businesses and organizations with information that can be used to develop adequate services to homeless and runaway youth.
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