Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

John Ungerleider


KickAct is a program that combines martial arts and performing arts to empower youth and engage them in creative social change. Youth experience a lack of community engagement and partnership with the adult. Many youth face additional challenges, ranging from lack of support in school to violence at home, that can negatively impact their life. KickAct is designed to provide youth with the necessary skills and experience to thrive as active participants in their communities. Due to inconsistent attendance and participation, it was not possible to determine whether the workshop format was a successful method for youth empowerment. However, the workshop proved to be an effective tool for an initial youth group assessment.


Civic and Community Engagement | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Leadership Studies | Liberal Studies | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Politics and Social Change | Recreation Business | Service Learning | Sports Studies