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ERIC Number: ED002112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Apr
Pages: 62
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SYRACUSE ACTION FOR YOUTH.
ADDINGTON, HAROLD E.; AND OTHERS
A PROPOSAL WAS MADE TO PREVENT AND CONTROL JUVENILE DELINQUENCY BY OPENING OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOPING COMPETENCE AMONG DISADVANTAGED YOUTH. THE TOTAL COMMUNITY WAS MOBILIZED TO DEVELOP A PROGRAM TO ATTACK THE PROBLEM AT ALL LEVELS THEY WORKED FOR 18 MONTHS TO PLAN A SERIES OF CREATIVE ACTION PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, AND COMMUNITY SERVICES. THE PROGRAMS WERE DESIGNED TO BUILD ON INHERENT STRENGTHS AND TALENTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE FROM LOW-INCOME AREAS, TO ENABLE THEM TO BREAK DOWN THE ENVIROMENTAL BARRIERS, AND TO GIVE THEM THE SKILLS TO DEVELOP INTO RESPONSIBLE, SELF-RELIANT, AND COMPETENT ADULTS. AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM, INCLUDING CORRECTIVE READING, GUIDANCE, CURRICULUM INNOVATION, USE OF NEW MATERIALS, AND EMPHASIS ON VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, WAS EVOLVED. IT WAS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE SCHOOL'S PART IN THE LIVES OF THE YOUNGSTERS. AN EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, THE YOUTH JOB CENTER, WAS OUTLINED TO CONSIST OF EXPLORATORY WORK PROGRAMS AND ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. A NEIGHBORHOOD HELP CENTER WAS DESIGNED TO SEEK OUT YOUNGSTERS WHO WOULD NOT BE LIKELY TO APPEAR IN ANY FORMAL SETTING. GROUP HOMES WERE TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FIND IT DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE IN THEIR OWN HOMES. A PROPOSAL WAS MADE TO ASSIST NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS TO SET UP THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT GROUPS. THROUGH THESE GROUPS, THE ADULTS OF THE AREA COULD IDENTIFY THEIR OWN COMMUNITY PROBLEMS, DEVELOP SOLUTIONS, AND CONVEY TO THE OUTER COMMUNITY THEIR OWN INTERPRETATION OF THE PROBLEMS. A PLAN HAS ALSO BEEN DEVELOPED FOR EVALUATING THE PROGRAMS AS THEY ARE PUT INTO ACTION. INCLUDED IN THE REPORT IS A STATEMENT MADE BY THE MAYOR OF SYRACUSE BEFORE THE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN APRIL 1964.
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Authoring Institution: Mayor's Commission for Youth, Inc., Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: New York (Syracuse)