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ERIC Number: ED015293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Sep-19
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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SUMMER COMMUNITY YOUTH WORK PROGRAM. FINAL REPORT.
GERARD, ROBERT A.
THE PROGRAM, DESIGNED TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW METHODS OF EMPLOYING YOUTHS FROM LOW- AND MARGINAL-INCOME FAMILIES, EMPLOYED 170 YOUTHS AGED 16 TO 21 IN IMPROVING AND DEVELOPING VACANT AREAS FOR RECREATION IN DECLINING NEIGHBORHOODS. THE LONGER RANGE GOALS OF THE PROJECT WERE TO ENCOURAGE THE YOUTHS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR SKILLED EMPLOYMENT AND TO DEVELOP PROCEDURES FOR GENERAL APPLICATION OF SUCH A PROGRAM IN URBAN SITUATIONS. THE PROGRAM WAS GENERALLY EFFECTIVE WITH MINIMAL PROBLEMS OF TARDINESS AND ABSENTEEISM. HOWEVER, THE PROGRESS OF WORK WAS SLOW, AND MORALE WAS LOW WHEN THERE WAS INADEQUATE SUPERVISION. THE TURNOVER RATE WAS LESS THAN 5 PERCENT UNTIL THE LAST WEEKS WHEN STUDENTS TERMINATED EARLY FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL, AND THE LESS MOTIVATED ENROLLEES LOST INTEREST. ALL YOUTHS WHO PARTICIPATED COUNTINUOUSLY IN THE PROGRAM SEEM TO HAVE DEVELOPED GOOD WORK HABITS AND ADAPTED TO WHAT WERE IN MANY CASES ADMITTEDLY STRUCTURED INTERRACIAL SITUATIONS. ACQUIRING BASIC WORK SKILLS SUCH AS CARPENTRY, BRICKLAYING, MASONRY, AND LANDSCAPING WAS THE MOST VISIBLE ENROLLEE ACCOMPLISHMENT. LESS TANGIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS WERE DEVELOPING A STRONG SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY, LEARNING THE VALUE OF MONEY AND ONE'S ABILITY TO PRODUCE IT, AND INCREASING MOTIVATION AND ASPIRATIONS. THE PROGRAM WAS AN IMPORTANT INFLUENCE IN STRENGTHENING THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH THE CHANNELING AND INVOLVEMENT OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES. A CITIZENS' EVALUATION MEETING RECOMMENDED MORE PLANNING, BETTER SUPERVISION, AND PROGRAM EXTENSION. (HC)
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Action-Housing, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: PENNSYLVANIA; Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)