Presentation Title

Financial Assistance Programs in Recreation

Presenter Information

Caressa VillamorFollow

Faculty Mentor

Jessica Kamrath

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

37

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

This study examines the functions and intentions of recreational financial assistance programs for low-income residents in Southern Orange County (O.C.). South O.C. is largely associated with wealth and affluence - the low-income populations are often overlooked. Though each city offers recreational programs such as art, music, foreign language, and sports, very few cities offer scholarships or financial aid to make these classes available to all residents. Previous research has shown that recreation participation leads to crucial formative experiences, but those living in poverty are unable to benefit from these experiences due to the cost (Scott 2013). The purpose of this study is to outline the necessity of recreational financial assistance programs as a means for community inclusion. Using an iterative approach, data was gathered through 4 hours of observation at community centers, as well as three one-on-one interviews with different Recreation or Community Services Department Directors. A process of open-coding and a focused analysis to create a codebook and identify emergent themes was utilized. Preliminary findings show that recreational financial assistance programs are largely appreciated by low-income residents of all ages, and contribute to more inclusive community facilities. Additionally,the importance of fiscally accessible recreation programs on an individual’s communication development is reinforced through these preliminary findings.. Given the small sample size, this study is exploratory, yet offers contributions to the current research in communication and leisure studies that supports recreational engagement as key for developing communication skills and shaping self-identity. Limitations and future directions to extend this research are addressed.

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Financial Assistance Programs in Recreation

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This study examines the functions and intentions of recreational financial assistance programs for low-income residents in Southern Orange County (O.C.). South O.C. is largely associated with wealth and affluence - the low-income populations are often overlooked. Though each city offers recreational programs such as art, music, foreign language, and sports, very few cities offer scholarships or financial aid to make these classes available to all residents. Previous research has shown that recreation participation leads to crucial formative experiences, but those living in poverty are unable to benefit from these experiences due to the cost (Scott 2013). The purpose of this study is to outline the necessity of recreational financial assistance programs as a means for community inclusion. Using an iterative approach, data was gathered through 4 hours of observation at community centers, as well as three one-on-one interviews with different Recreation or Community Services Department Directors. A process of open-coding and a focused analysis to create a codebook and identify emergent themes was utilized. Preliminary findings show that recreational financial assistance programs are largely appreciated by low-income residents of all ages, and contribute to more inclusive community facilities. Additionally,the importance of fiscally accessible recreation programs on an individual’s communication development is reinforced through these preliminary findings.. Given the small sample size, this study is exploratory, yet offers contributions to the current research in communication and leisure studies that supports recreational engagement as key for developing communication skills and shaping self-identity. Limitations and future directions to extend this research are addressed.