ERIC Number: ED174816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Vocational Educational Needs of Disadvantaged and Delinquent Youth. Final Evaluation Report.
Clancy, Walter B.
A study was conducted to investigate the vocational education needs of disadvantaged and delinquent youth who have left school and come into negative contact with the criminal justice system. Specifically the objectives were (1) to identify the capacities and realistic vocational ambitions of the study population; (2) to assist these juveniles in reaching their occupational goals; and (3) to assist the juvenile justice system by making available to them a diversion program that can serve as a referral for the first and/or non-violent offender. Twenty-seven juveniles were initially selected to participate and were administered the California Achievement Test to establish base-line data. Twenty-three of the participants (all Black) actually completed the pre-test and entered the educational program. The educational intervention program met eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, during the summer. The curriculum included remedial academic instruction and individual and group counseling. Of the original twenty-three participants (two other groups were later added to the program), two were terminated for disruptive behavior, five resigned from the program, and three completed the program but remained unemployed. Of the remaining thirteen participants, three were aided in finding employment, six returned to school, and four successfully completed their GED examination and received an equivalent high school diploma. Forty-eight percent of the original twenty-seven participants reached what was originally defined as a successful conclusion to the program: employment and/or continuation or completion of high school. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Loyola Univ., New Orleans, LA. Inst. of Human Relations.