ERIC Number: ED395093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec-8
Reference Count: N/A
Pilot Survey of Young African American Males in Four Cities.
Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
A pilot survey was conducted to explore why some young African American men living in cities stay in high school and why others drop out. Between October 1993 and March 1994, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 360 young black men aged 17 to 22, randomly drawn from census tracts in New York (New York), Chicago (Illinois), Los Angeles (California), and Atlanta (Georgia), that had at least 70% African American residents. One-half of the young men had dropped out of school, and the other half were enrolled, had graduated, or had gone on to college. Findings suggested that involved parents, caring teachers, youth programs, and part-time or summer jobs are important to completing high school. School-to-work transition programs and the opportunity for part-time or summer employment were among the key factors that made a difference. Those who dropped out had faced much greater problems growing up than those who stayed in school. Those who stayed in school were more likely to report family incomes as relatively stable. The prospect of employment was relatively bleak for dropouts, and they were more likely to have been arrested as juvenile and adult offenders. Both those who stayed in school and those who dropped out did evidence significant strengths in their lives, and many dropouts reported strengths that they could build on to improve their lives. Selected press clippings and the survey questionnaires for dropouts and nondropouts are attached. (Contains 7 graphs.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Blacks, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Potential, Graduation, Interviews, Males, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Part Time Employment, Pilot Projects, Surveys, Teacher Student Relationship, Urban Youth, Young Adults, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: African Americans; California (Los Angeles); Georgia (Atlanta); Illinois (Chicago); New York (New York)