Projects

I am currently working on several projects.  If you are a WWU student interested in participating in research related to Childhood Studies contact Jackie at: bakersj@wwu.edu.

Sector Bending and Children’s Changing Participation in School and Community Activities
Sector bending refers to approaches, activities, and relationships that blur the distinction between nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  This research looks at the process of sector-bending in children’s activities, focusing on in-school fundraising and involvement in after school activities such as Girl Scouts.

What Do Youth Know About Human Services? – Youth Changemakers and the Creative Process
Youth changemakers are engaging in activism, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship in an effort to enhance the well-being of  their local and global communities. This projectfocuses on 25 youth changemakers (ages 13-17) who are in the process of establishing their own organizations.   Through interview and survey methods this project takes a look at changemaking as a creative activity and explores the history, processes and outcomes of such work.

From Middle School to College:  A 15-Year Longitudinal Follow-up of the Social and Emotional Lives of Very Young College Students
The Transition Program (a collaboration between the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver School Board) was established in 1993 for highly gifted teens who are seeking early admission to university. Students complete 4-5 years of high school and some college-level work in a period of two years.
This project is a ten-year longitudinal follow-up study that examines the current social, emotional, creative, and vocational lives of young adults who were enrolled in the Transition Program in 2000.

Innovative Human Services for Children in Institutional Care: A Review
UNICEF estimates that the number of orphaned and abandoned children living outside family care exceeds 100  million.  This project reviews current innovative programs and human services that result in positive outcomes for children growing up outside systems of family or neighbor care.