Innovative Practice Projects

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Innovative Practice Project

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Miller Education Center (MEC)


Adolescents face many challenges in regards to their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Factors such as low socioeconomic status, drug abuse, low education rate, and abusive homes all contribute to a youth’s behavior. Miller Education Center (MEC) is an alternative middle and high school in Hillsboro, Oregon. The school offers alternative education options for youth who need more support in their role as a student. It was identified that there are no after school programs offered through MEC. Upon review of the literature, development of a needs assessment, and survey of faculty, it was identified that MEC would benefit from an after school equine program. It was proposed that an after school equine pilot program would offer MEC students a unique opportunity designed to promote emotional growth and positive engagement through the utilization of a variety of equine experiential activities