ERIC Number: ED228582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Youths at High Risk for Unemployment: Evaluation of an Intervention Program.
Moskowitz, D. S.; Wielgus, Mark S.
Project Youth, an eight-week workshop for poor minority youths, used theatre exercises to improve participants' communication and self-presentation skills in order to improve their ability to work with others. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program, a 2-phase study was conducted using a sample of participants (N=32) from 15 to 21 years old. All were Black or Hispanic with low family income. In the first phase, information was collected from workshop directors who completed questionnaires about participants' abilities and interpersonal skills at multiple points during the program. In the second phase, participants were compared in a simulated job interview to youths who had recently completed a more typical work experience program. Assessments of the participants during the program indicated steady improvement in work habits, decisivenss, and initiative. Comparison with youths who had acquired work experience indicated that the intervention group had greater verbal expressiveness and better interpersonal skills. Both groups were equally deficient in motivation. While the Project Youth intervention did improve aspects of participants' interpersonal behavior, additional work is needed to improve youths' motivation and increase favorable hiring decisions. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project Youth
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).