ERIC Number: ED381724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Does Anybody Care? Title IV-E-IL: Adolescent Living Skills: SELF Program, Evaluation Report.
Wiener, Paul H.
This evaluation reports on a state program for foster care youth. Entitled the Support for Emancipation and Living Functionally (SELF), it is a county-implemented approach which seeks to develop and conduct services so as to help older adolescents who have been in substitute care prepare for the transition to independent living. The program was assessed through interviews with SELF Program coordinators and by quantitative measures. Some of the survey findings included the following: (1) Over 55 percent of the youth rated the quality of SELF-funded services "excellent," while an additional 30 percent rated it "very good"; (2) Program administrators praised the program's simplicity of procedures and paperwork, its flexibility in the use of funds, and its enhancement of county social workers' effectiveness; (3) Pre- and post-testing of clients showed statistically significant gains in self-esteem, as well as increases in the knowledge and skills needed for independent living; (4) Follow-up surveys indicated that 46 percent of SELF youth are employed and an additional 44 percent are enrolled in educational programs; and (5) A follow-up analysis of youth served with SELF funds during 1991 revealed that in the following year, 62 percent of males and 73 percent of females were not receiving public assistance. Seventeen tables provide statistical summaries. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth and Families (DHHS), Chicago, IL. Region 5.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Substitute Care; Youth Services Systems; Youth Studies