Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Fall 2020


Family and Consumer Sciences

First Major Professor

Meghan T. Gillette

Second Major Professor

Tricia K. Neppl


Master of Family and Consumer Sciences (MFCS)


Family and Consumer Sciences


Parenting: It’s a Life (PIAL) is a non-profit curriculum focused on expressing the realities of teen parenthood as an effort to prevent unintended teenage pregnancy. During a four-month semester, I spent several hours per week working with PIAL to accomplish four main goals as a step towards implementing the program in Idaho: orient myself to the program, develop a brochure describing how PIAL supports family and consumer science education, create a presentation based on PIAL and its potential impact on my local community, and produce a step-by-step plan for future program implementation. Positive youth development (PYD) is a framework which emphasizes the strengths of youth rather than their weaknesses. PYD is evident in PIAL curriculum, including connections with the Five Cs and examples of supports, opportunities, programs, and services for youth. Despite setbacks due to the worldwide pandemic, I am hopeful that PIAL will eventually become an essential aspect of my community in Idaho.

Copyright Owner

Fonnesbeck, Katherine

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