ERIC Number: ED368526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Success Connection. Final Report.
Hansen, William E.
Success Connection was an 18-month program aimed at promoting self-sufficiency among high-risk youth ages 16-22 in Yakima Valley, Washington. Self-sufficiency was defined as being employed, having improved educational goals, and not requiring public assistance. The program was a collaborative effort among the Yakima Valley Opportunities Industrialization Center, Central Washington University, and the Student Leadership Conference of the Washington State Migrant Education program. The treatment group consisted of 58 Hispanic, 15 Native American, and 34 Anglo youth who demonstrated at least two of the following characteristics: a high school dropout, unemployed, and not enrolled in job training; employed, but earning below minimum wage; ward of the courts; qualified for or on public assistance; and referred to as at risk. The control group included 120 youth with similar characteristics. The program included support groups focusing on goal setting and team building; three 1-day leadership retreats concentrating on self-esteem, goal setting, values clarification, and problem solving; a 2-week on-campus college experience to help motivate students to continue their education; and a goal setting experience for the parents of participants. Within the project funding period, the treatment group demonstrated significant changes in educational attainment, career aspirations, and employment (as measured by wage rate and upgrading). Only 1 participant sought public assistance, compared to 11 in the control group. Additionally, the treatment group demonstrated a 94 percent high school graduation rate compared to 78 percent for the control group, and 47 of the 60 participating high school graduates attended postsecondary school or training programs. (LP)
Descriptors: American Indians, At Risk Persons, Cooperative Programs, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Individual Development, Migrant Youth, Parent Participation, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Welfare Services, Youth Programs
Yakima Valley OIC, Attn: Amelia Garza, 815 Fruitvale Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902 ($4.20).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Yakima Valley Opportunities Industrialization Center, WA.
Identifiers: Self Sufficiency; Yakima Valley