Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Teaching and Learning

First Committee Member

Steven Bickmore

Second Committee Member

Tiberio Garza

Third Committee Member

Howard Gordon

Fourth Committee Member

Steven Grubaugh

Number of Pages



This study determined how Vision Theatrical Foundation addresses the needs of troubled and traumatized local youth. I wanted to see if their services and interventions had an impact and if that impact resulted in a change and/or an improved quality of their lives. In addition, I wanted to see if the impact improved mental health literacy. This is a mixed-method, convergent, multistage, process and impact evaluation. An exploratory process evaluation was conducted on the organization utilizing SAMHSA’s Process Evaluation to Monitor Program Implementation (SAMHSA, 2018), which assesses five key questions about the program. The strengths and weaknesses of the organization were identified. The Toe Tag Impact Scale was used to survey participants regarding their attitudes and beliefs about the services and interventions provided by the organization. The variables were impact and change. There was a moderate positive correlation between the variables, r = .638, n = 18, p = .004, and the ANOVA indicated a statistical significance at F(1,17) [MSE = .227, n2 = .371], p = .004. A content analysis and an intensive analysis was conducted on essays written by youth who had previously received services. The results showed that youth identified attitudes and beliefs that corresponded with the conceptual framework of Jorm et al (1997), Components of Mental Health Literacy. These components were integrated with the theoretical framework from the Transtheoretical Model of Change (Prochaska & Velicer, 1997). Vision Theatrical Foundation can implement services and interventions that can meet the needs of at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.


Change; Impact; Juvenile; Mental Health Literacy; Transtheoretical Model; Youth


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Methods

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3.1 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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