Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Karen Tardrew, Ed. D.


The proposal examines the effectiveness of juvenile boot camps and their impact on minority youth by examining literature and by extensive research using mixed methods of two separate programs in Wisconsin. In-depth interviews were conducted, and surveys were administered to staff and boot camp participants. Based on the analysis of the data, generally, participants reported positive short-term changes in attitudes and behaviors; they also had better problem solving and coping skills.

The Challenge Academy responds to the demands of this proposal and fiscally demonstrates that it is a good Return on Investment (ROI) offering a more inclusive program of character development, education enrichment, and supportive services, mentoring and follow-up. The U.S. Department of Labor proposal recommends expanding the model.


It's important to note why I was so inspired to complete my dissertation. My father pursued a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota (A,D, Williams II), retired as a deputy director of Naval Education and Training, and was my principal from kindergarten through the third grade. My grandfather (deceased), William Womack, Sr., had obtained a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan and designed the physical training program as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.; my uncle (Dr. Jimmy Womack) is a Michigan State Representative and a retired anesthesiologist; my aunt (Dr. Barbara Womack) is a dentist, and my mother (deceased) was a Guidance Counselor. This makes me the fourth Black male in my family to achieve this honor of obtaining a doctorate degree. I am humbled, and I feel a great sense of responsibility in this society where so many people look down on those less fortunate. My upbringing and family's spirit is of giving. Based on my family’s history and my experiences, my motivation for seeking change and my commitment is a bit higher than the norm, but it is equally important to believe that this work can make a positive contribution in our society today.

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