ERIC Number: ED337562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Black Churches: Can They Strengthen the Black Family?
Carnegie Quarterly, v33 n1 Fall/Win 1987-1988
Project SPIRIT, a Carnegie Corporation sponsored program of the Congress on National Black Churches, has worked within the black community, particularly black churches, to try to strengthen black families. Black churches have played a critically important role in sustaining the black family since the days of slavery. The black church in the 1980s, while continuing to respond to spiritual needs, has been paying more attention to economic and social development within black communities. Project SPIRIT contains the following components: (1) after school tutorial programs for 6 to 12 year olds, which lasts 36 weeks and is aimed at strengthening skills in reading, writing, and arithmetic; (2) a 6-hour a week parents' program adapted for black parents from Systematic Training for Effective Parenting; and (3) a pastoral counseling program enabling participating ministers to become more helpful in dealing with a range of family problems. Project sites include Oakland (California), Indianapolis (Indiana), and Atlanta (Georgia). Limited evaluation of Project SPIRIT suggests the beginnings of positive effects on self-image and school performance. The report contains the following items: (1) a discussion of the research base for Project SPIRIT; and (2) a list of Carnegie Corporation grants on behalf of black families in 1985-88. (JB)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Family, Church Programs, Church Role, Counseling Services, Economic Development, Family Problems, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Program Implementation, Religious Cultural Groups, Social Development, Tutorial Programs, Urban Problems, Urban Schools
Carnegie Corporation of New York, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Identifiers: California (Oakland); Carnegie Corporation of New York; Georgia (Atlanta); Indiana (Indianapolis)