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ERIC Number: ED001106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Dec-12
Pages: 287
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THE BOSTON YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES PROJECT. A REPORT AND A PROPOSAL.
SLAVET, JOSEPH S.
THE BOSTON YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES PROJECT HAS DEVELOPED ITS PLANS FOR AN ATTACK ON DELINQUENCY IN THE FORM OF AN ACTION-RESEARCH PROJECT. THE PROJECTS' ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY ARE GIVEN, AND THE LARGER AREAS FOR THIS ATTACK ARE DESCRIBED. THE PROJECT IS AIMED AT REDUCING THE VOLUME AND SERIOUSNESS OF CRIMINAL-TYPE BEHAVIOR OF MALE YOUTH 12 THROUGH 16 YEARS OF AGE IN THE SPECIFIED TARGET AREAS. A RATIONALE SELECTS THE KEY FACTORS IN THE PROBLEM THAT PRESUMABLY CAN BE MANIPULATED TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE. A LOWER-CLASS CHILD'S EXPERIENCES HAVE PRODUCED A SET OF VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS THAT DIVERGE SHARPLY FROM THOSE OF THE SYSTEM, AND A DESTRUCTIVE CYCLE OF MUTUAL MISUNDERSTANDING AND INAPPROPRIATE EXPECTATION IS SET IN MOTION. THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE CONTROL SYSTEM SHOULD BE BROUGHT CLOSER BY INTERVENING IN BOTH SIDES. FACTORS APPLYING TO THOSE WHO PERFORM ROLES THAT IMPINGE ON YOUTH AND FACTORS DIRECTLY APPLYING TO YOUTH ARE PRESENTED. THESE ARE THEORETICAL BASES FOR THE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS. SIXTEEN PROGRAMS AND THEIR BUDGETS ARE DESCRIBED. SERVICE CENTERS ARE PROPOSED FOR FOUR COMMUNITIES. INCLUDED ARE LEGAL, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATIONAL, MEDICAL AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES. A YOUTH TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IS DIRECTED AT YOUTHS WHO ARE OUT OF SCHOOL AND UNEMPLOYED. EIGHT PROGRAMS ARE PLANNED WITH THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE FIRST GROUP INCLUDES READING, PREKINDERGARTEN, GUIDANCE ADVISORS, AND SCHOOL ADJUSTMENT COUNSELORS. THE SECOND GROUP CONSISTS OF WORK-STUDY, TUTORING, ABILITY IDENTIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AND HOME-SCHOOL LIAISON. DURING THE SUMMER, A COMBINATION CAMP-SCHOOL PROGRAM AND A COLLEGE CAMPUS PROGRAM ARE PLANNED. AN ACTION-RESEARCH APPROACH INVOLVES TWO PROBLEMS IN MEASUREMENT. AT THE END OF THE PROJECT, IT SHOULD BE DETERMINED WHETHER EACH PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHED ITS OWN PURPOSE, AND WHETHER INDIVIDUALLY OR IN COMBINATIONS THEY CONTRIBUTED TO THE REDUCTION OF DELINQUENCY.
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Authoring Institution: Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., MA.
Identifiers: MASSACHUSETTS; Massachusetts (Boston)