ERIC Number: ED019519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Project Challenge. An Experimental and Demonstration Program of Occupational Training, Counseling, Employment, Follow-Up and Community Support for Youthful Offenders at Lorton Youth Center. Final Report.
Leiberg, Leon G.
The social and vocational rehabilitation of 181 inmates of the Lorton Youth Center was attempted through an 18-month project involving coordinated voacational training and remedial education, intensive counseling, a systematic followup of job placement, and family and career counseling after release from the institution. Staff members were selected in part from nonprofessional personnel to indicate a new direction in such recruitment, and VISTA volunteers offered tutorial and personal or small group contacts. Seven vocational courses were offered-automotive services, food services, painting, welding, barbering, clerical and sales, and building maintenance. A total of 158 trainees graduated, and 64 of 69 released during the project's contract period were employed at least once after release. Eighteen of the 69 were considered unsuccessful releases on the basis of further law violation. The employment rate of released trainees ranged from 92 percent in February 1967 to 75 percent in July 1967. The average first job salary was $70.65 per week and the last measured salary range was $63.20 to $104.24. Procedure, findings, and recommendations are given for different aspects of the project. The appendix includes sample record forms, instructional material, a staff training bibliography, newspaper and periodical articles, and the Federal Youth Corrections Act. Two papers by project personnel are included. "The Use of Non-professionals and Service Volunteers in Corrections," by L. G. Beiberg and "Education and Training versus Maintenance and Other Prison Work Programs." by W. D. Pointer. (EM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Children and Youth, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Lorton Youth Center; MDTA Programs; VISTA