ERIC Number: ED240197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Final Review of the Connection Program: Serving High-Risk Adolescents in the Secondary School.
Romano, John L.
The Connection, a 15-month demonstration program which provided educational and social services to high-risk adolescents at South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is reviewed and evaluated in this report. The program, conducted through a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools, provided advocacy, tutoring, counseling, job preparation training, job placement, life skills training, chemical management counseling, and recreational and cultural services to adolescents considered at risk with respect to completing high school, becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, or finding suitable employment. The services were provided through structured classes, outreach, advocacy, and direct counseling interventions. Much of the direct service was delivered by part-time paraprofessional college students. Major problems with the Connection were related to organizational, public relations, and communication issues. However, the program received generally positive evaluations from clients and employers. Preliminary data also suggested that the program helped to divert its clients from involvement with the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, the program's positive effects could not be expanded due to termination of funding. Appendices to the report provide client data, program summary data, evaluation materials, and financial information. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis)