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Recipients of the 2017 Jefferson Public Citizens Awards

JPC Group: Kpakpando Anyanwu, Golda Houndoh, Nicole Baker, Sydney Kirwan, Emily Snow
Faculty Advisor: Edith Lawrence
Community Partner: Imo State University
Project Title: YWLP Nigeria

The objective of this JPC project is to establish the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) in southern Nigeria thus continuing the growth of the YWLP "sister sites" in global locations. Working with faculty and students at Imo State University and Owerri Girls Secondary School in Nigeria, our team will modify the University of Virginia's YWLP curriculum to better address the issues facing girls and women in Nigeria and support their development as young women leaders.

JPC Group:  Olivia Cosby, Jaclyn Lund, Annie Frazier, Anna Morgan, Golda Houndah
Faculty Advisor: Jane Hilton
Community Partner: Virginia Institute of Autism
Project Title: Autism Theatre Project

The Autism Theatre Project aims to bring sensory friendly theatre to the Charlottesville community. Through the JPC and with help from the Virginia Institute for Autism, we will be developing a guide for sensory friendly production adaptation to be used by local theaters, as well as our normal season length, which is two to three shows.

JPC Group: Bethlehem Demissie, Martha Demissew, Sarah Ruckle, Georgianna Lee
Faculty Advisor: Michael Gerard Mason
Community Partner: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Nation
Project Title: Empowering Native Youth through Trauma-Informed Practices

In partnership with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyale (SWO) Tribal Nation, our assessment of the unique stressors and coping strategies of local native youth (ages 5-18) aims to create a culturally-informed foundation for establishing a Peer support program for Native youth. The assessment will reveal adaptive coping strategies that are likely unique to Native youth on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota. We hypothesize that a culturally-informed understanding of coping precedes program development.

JPC Group: Tsion Efrem, Jack Tomei, Helina Meressa,
Faculty Advisor: David Edmunds
Community Partner: Best Practices Association
Project Title: Participatory Innovation Development Experiments in Distributed Rural Electrification of Aksum, Ethiopia

Building on relationships with Best Practices Association, Promoting Local Innovation (Prolinnova) Ethiopia, the University of Aksum, and a prior project that aimed to integrate renewable energy into irrigation systems of farmer-innovators, we seek to foster the development of distributed rural electrification across different facets of farmers’ lives. We will support farmers’ design and implement experiments in distributed electrification that they prioritize. Our research focuses both on benefits the experiments yield and the experimentation process.

JPC Group: Shadelle Gregory, Richard Froese, Elli Veer
Faculty Advisor: Rupa Valdez
Community Partner: Williamson Health and Wellness Center
Project Title: Community Oriented Health Logistics

Community Oriented Health Logistics (COHL) is an interdisciplinary team of students designing and evaluating the implementation of an mHealth application in Mingo County, WV. In 2015, we focused on building community partnerships and assessed feasibility. In 2016, we developed and implemented a culturally appropriate mobile application, designed with youth in the community and targeted at increasing youth involvement in health related activities. In 2017, we will be evaluating this application and releasing the next iteration.

JPC Group: Deonte Hall, Ellie Wood, Ellie Naff, Cameron Woo, Alisson Baya
Faculty Advisor: David Burt
Community Partner: UVA-GI, Rotary International, HydrAid
Project Title: Focused Community-Level Sustainable Technologies Assessment in the Lake Atitlan Basin in Rural Guatemala

Through interviews and surveys with established partners within the UVA-Guatemala Initiative, this JPC team will evaluate the status of a previously implemented water filtration project. We will gauge community need and desire for other sustainable technologies such as firewood stoves, human waste management, and light sources. Furthermore, we will determine how our progress can translate into development of these essential and culturally relevant facets to improve and sustain quality of life in our partner communities.

JPC Group: Annalee Jackson, Abigail Jordan, Eleanor Sechler, Madelaine Martin, Abigail  Kayser
Faculty Advisor: Stanley Trent
Community Partner: Albemarle County Public Schools
Project Title: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching in Albemarle County Public Schools

For decades, the achievement of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students has lagged behind their White counterparts. Theories such as culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) teaching have been developed to address this persistent problem. However, little research has been conducted to determine what this instruction looks like in practice and how it affects student performance. We address this dearth in this study.

JPC Group: Nivedha Kannapadi, Evelyn Immonen, Jake Hitchock, Natalie Kessler, Zachary Skemp
Faculty Advisor: David Edmunds
Community Partner: First Thousand Days Initiative
Project Title: Project Ina: A Community-Driven and Technologically-Integrated Approach to Improve Maternal Health for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe

Project Ina, based on the Dakota word for mother, focuses on improving the pregancy and motherhood experiences for all community members on Lake Traverse reservation. This project seeks to understand how the introduction of a pregnancy mobile application, specific to the reservation, can influence women's access to local maternal health resources, both institutional and social, and perceived barriers to understanding pregnancy-related information.

JPC Group: Jesse Persily, Jennifer Goertz, Connor Graham
Faculty Advisor: Thamiris Palacios-Kibler, DO
Community Partner: Code Ana
Project Title: Implementing Code Ana in Charlottesville High Schools

High school students with food allergy are in a vulnerable position as they start to make their own decisions for food and medical care. Steps need to be taken to assess the preparedness for food allergy reactions, fill gaps in food allergy education, and implement the Code Ana protocol. We hypothesize that adapting Code Ana to the high school setting will provide an opportunity to assess and enhance food allergy management in the high schools.

JPC Group: Jillian Randolph, Nanki Kaur, Sophia Binns, Madeline Curry
Faculty Advisor: Rupa Valdez
Community Partner: Illiso Lamakhosikazi
Project Title: There's Just Nothing to Do: Co-designing Activities to Combat Youth Leisure Boredom in Town Two

Although youth in developing countries experience heightened levels of leisure boredom, few studies have determined its effects. Literature suggests that leisure boredom can be best resolved through effective programs in the out-of-school context. This study seeks to establish the effect of leisure boredom in South African youth in a historically marginalized community. Through co-design methods, we will implement and evaluate youth programming to combat the negative effects of leisure boredom.

JPC Group: Leon Yacoubian, Santiago Roca, Katherine Genuario, Lillie Mayfield, Bethany           Gordon
Faculty Advisor: Garrick Louis
Community Partner: Gyumri Project Hope
Project Title: Tuff Armenia Project

The goal of Tuff Armenia Project goal is to provide a multifaceted solution to the residents of Gyumri, Armenia living in the domik structures built as temporary housing for those displaced by the 1988 Spitak earthquake. Our approach includes domik population research, mitigation of health concerns, material testing of tuff stone, and an architectural design for earthquake resistant and affordable structures. We will analyze data collected to inform development of a sustainable solution and present our findings to aid current efforts in Armenia.

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