Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club

Ambassadors for Health Collective

Mathew-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club logo

Project Date
Oct 2017—Dec 2017

Type of Evaluation
Implementation

Setting
Community-based

Overview

Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club wanted to understand the experience of teens and partners who participated in the Youth Ambassadors for Health program, a component of the Ambassadors for Health Collective.

The Evaluation Center partnered with Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club to conduct key informant interviews with partner organizations of the Collective. We also conducted focus groups with the Youth Ambassadors.

Project Description

Background

Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club partnered with Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership, Grand Center Arts Academy, and Girls, Inc. of St. Louis to form the Ambassadors for Health Collective. A key activity of the Collective is to support the Youth Ambassadors for Health program, which is composed of 20 youth ambassadors ages 12-18 who engage other youth in the community to address preconception, sexual health, and infant vitality. The Youth Ambassadors were trained to discuss these topics by the Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership and by presenters at a four-hour Health Policy Forum. Once trained, Youth Ambassadors spread their message via social media, a PSA ad campaign, a brief video that aired before a Movie Night Under the Stars, and a Community Conversation About Health luncheon held for hundreds of community members.

Evaluation Center Activities

  • Conducted key informant interviews with members of the Ambassadors for Health Collective.
  • Conducted focus groups with teens age 12-18 who participated in the Youth Ambassadors for Health program.

Our Products

  • Interview guide
  • Focus group guide
  • Final report

Project Funder

Missouri Foundation for Health

Contact Person

Nancy Mueller, MPH

Assistant Dean & Director