ERIC Number: ED350411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Work Skills Program. Annual Report.
The Youth Work Skills Program provided basic skills remediation, support services, and subsidized or unsubsidized work placement to out-of-school, economically disadvantaged youth aged 16-21 with demonstrated reading scores at or below the fifth-grade level. The program had three phases: basic education/vocational and career exploration, basic education/work experience, and placement with continued supportive services. Of 455 participants, 82 percent were Black, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent White. Seventy-five percent stated the program helped them decide on a career plan. Participants showed a grade gain of 1.5 for reading and a grade gain of 1.2 for math. Work Skills participants achieved statistically significant pre-post gains on the World of Work tests. Ninety-eight percent of participants reported they planned either to continue working, pursue additional training, or return to school; 99 percent would recommend the program to friends. Ninety-eight percent of employers indicated they planned to continue their program participation. Nearly 70 percent of participants experienced a positive activity, such as returning to school, getting a job, or enrolling in other training. (An appendix lists program sites and offers highlights of the elements of curriculum innovation found in each program.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Exploration, Curriculum Development, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Innovation, Employer Attitudes, Job Placement, Job Skills, Out of School Youth, Postsecondary Education, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Placement, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Dept. of Labor, Albany.
Identifiers: New York