Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

James Kirylo


The purpose of this single-case study was to examine the impact that the Young Moviemakers of America (YMA) after-school program had on the self-efficacy levels of six student-participants. Self-efficacy is considered a strong predictor of students’ academic success and social-emotional intelligence that influences life trajectories. YMA was formed to provide an outlet for youth in south Los Angeles to express their creative voices through a project-based, hands-on model where participants write and produce an original short documentary film.

This study was conducted to examine how YMA’s use of self-efficacy building strategies might impact students’ personal perceptions of general self-efficacy. Various data collection methods were used in the study to triangulate data in order to form some basis to address the research question. The General Self-Efficacy scale was issued in a pre and post format and a t test conducted to determine the statistical significance of the results. Structured and unstructured interviews and field notes were also used to gain deeper insight into each learner’s experience.

Results from the study support the idea that self-efficacy levels were impacted by the efficacy building strategies embedded in the intervention.