ERIC Number: ED235393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Quality of Youth Work: A Strategy for Delinquency Prevention.
Beville, Sylvia L.; Nickerson, Carol
This paper reports on an experiment to test youth employment as a tactic for delinquency prevention. Features of jobs that should cause young people to develop a stake in doing well are described. Three elements of the bond to work that enable the work experience to reduce delinquency are identified: commitment, attachment, and belief. Various organizational arrangements are suggested that support youth investment in work, including the design of the job, recruitment and hiring procedures, training, instruction, evaluation, and feedback methods. Supportive services that will increase the probability that the jobs will be viewed positively by youth and adults are detailed. The form an experiment in youth employment might take is then described. Topics include the characteristics of these programs that distinguish them from typical youth employment programs; the various forms that these projects might take; the components of the youth employment system, the interests and concerns of each of the members, and tactics that might be used to draw others into the venture; and elements that appear to be important to the success or failure of change efforts. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Action Research, Inc., Boulder, CO.; Westinghouse National Issues Center, Columbia, MD..