ERIC Number: ED349189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The I Have a Dream/Coro Summer Work Partnership Project: Pilot Training Program. Initial Assessment.
White, Emily; And Others
In the summer of 1991, 24 students, members of an I Have a Dream (IHAD) program, took part in a pilot program to introduce them to the work force through internships augmented by a training program. The Coro Foundation was contacted by IHAD to run the training program, which was adapted to the needs of disadvantaged students entering 10th grade. This study focused on Coro's contribution to the pilot program. Over a 6-week period, the training included a week-long orientation followed by Friday seminars throughout July, and a final weekend retreat of approximately 12 days. This report analyzed the pilot program and curriculum, less as an evaluation than as an exploration of students' experiences and gains in knowledge, skills, and attitudes. A variety of instruments were used: questionnaires, interviews, observations, scrutiny of written work, and students' self-assessments. There was strong evidence that the students achieved considerable gains in knowledge, skills, and motivation. Students who had thought initially of businesses as owned by individuals or families adopted a whole new framework. They mastered vocabulary and concepts on the structures and roles of businesses. The majority of students cited significant gains in confidence in speaking in public and asking for information and help. Students' self-concepts improved dramatically. This assessment confirmed the value and timeliness of a training component for impoverished young people encountering institutional settings and job responsibilities for the first time. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Grade 10, High Schools, Internship Programs, Program Evaluation, Student Experience, Youth Employment, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs
Coro Foundation, 95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coro Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Coro Foundation NY; I Have a Dream Program