Society & Culture
U of A researchers looking at community program to find out why playing the popular role-playing game seems to foster social growth.
A community program using Dungeons & Dragons to foster social growth among at-risk youth has caught the attention of University of Alberta researchers, who plan to evaluate its apparent success.
The Level-Up Gaming League was created by local management consultant Bryan Sali, who noticed a lack of social skills among homeless youth while working about seven years ago for the Calgary John Howard Society and for Homeward Trust Edmonton.
He found many youth lacked the basic skills to manage conflict or even initiate a conversation.
“A lot of kids who cycle through the justice system develop a very different skill set by default, more around survival,” said Sali. “I thought, there's got to be a way to give them these skills.”Role-playing game
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