ERIC Number: ED338885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
Outreach for Parenting Teens. Final Report.
Arlington County Public Schools, VA.
The Arlington (Virginia) Better Beginnings Coalition hired one full-time and one part-time employee to provide outreach services to out-of-school pregnant teens and teenage mothers. A career development specialist worked with outreach personnel and coordinated structured weekly prevocational training. Cooperating agencies identified 55 young women targeted for immediate contact and support. The population included young women who have dropped out of school and foreign-born girls who did not know that training was available. The project established three initiatives: (1) outreach to the target populations; (2) structured transitional groups teaching prevocational and family living skills; and (3) enrollment and support of participants in educational training. Overall, the project and nurturing program were successful. A number of problems were associated with the project: difficulty in reaching some participants; language barriers; concern over legal immigrant status; participants outnumbered project staff; teens who wanted to earn money rather than an education; and participants' lack of motivation, information, and money. (Publicity materials in Spanish and English, agenda for weekly support meetings, participant roster, intake questionnaire, Better Beginnings support meeting roster, and student application for mentor program are included.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Basic Skills, Daily Living Skills, Dropout Programs, Early Parenthood, Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Family Life Education, Financial Problems, High School Equivalency Programs, Immigrants, Job Skills, Outreach Programs, Parenting Skills, Pregnant Students, Prevocational Education, Staff Role, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Arlington County Public Schools, VA.
Identifiers: Virginia (Arlington)