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Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Dr. Aly Dagang


Refugee and asylum-seeking youth experience a variety of barriers within education, social adjustment and inclusion, and mental and physical health when resettling to a new country. These barriers which can be mitigated with outdoor education programs that supplement existing resettlement programs. Outdoor education has proven positive outcomes in youth’s self-perception and confidence, school performance, community and relationship building, and physical and mental health. This course-linked capstone designs curriculum for an outdoor education program that will be proposed to the Philadelphia Outward Bound School. Designed specifically for refugee and asylum-seeking youth, the curriculum fosters environments for participants to build relationships, gain confidence, and learn skills that will serve them during their resettlement experience. Rooted in frameworks, theories, and current best practices, the curriculum combines ground initiatives and high-ropes and adventure activities that build participants’ capacities to trust each other, work together, communicate, and connect with their peers and interact with their new environment. The proposed curriculum can be used in partnership with current resettlement programs to strengthen services offered to refugee and asylum-seeking youth, and can also lead to further, more in-depth opportunities for participants to adjust to life in Philadelphia.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Outdoor Education