ERIC Number: ED413381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
YouthBuild in Developmental Perspective. A Formative Evaluation of the YouthBuild Demonstration Project.
Ferguson, Ronald F.; Clay, Philip L.; Snipes, Jason C.; Roaf, Phoebe
This report is a formative evaluation of the YouthBuild Demonstration Project that began in 1991 and ended in 1994. The YouthBuild Model, developed in earlier programs, was directed at young people who were largely disconnected from schools and jobs. Major components of the project were counseling, academic remediation with preparation for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED), leadership development, and training in construction skills. Five sites participated in the demonstration: (1) Boston (Massachusetts); (2) Cleveland (Ohio); (3) Gary (Indiana); (4) San Francisco (California); and (5) Tallahassee (Florida). Each was studied for two full cycles of the program. These sites served 16-to-24-year-olds, most of whom were male high school dropouts, minority, unemployed, and living in high risk neighborhoods. During the second observed cycle, there were 177 participants from all the sites. Seventeen percent dropped out, but 22% earned GEDs. Comparison with other nationally known youth programs showed that YouthBuild surpassed all but one of these programs for average length of stay and had the highest GED completion rate. Evaluation suggested that the training youth received was sufficient to prepare job-ready laborers, but not semi-skilled construction workers. The evaluation finds that only one site, in its second cycle, achieved nearly exemplary standards in its adherence to the YouthBuild model. The model itself was evaluated as viable and replicable, and, in fact, was replicated in 100 programs. (Contains 21 figures and 37 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Building Trades, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Formative Evaluation, High School Equivalency Programs, Job Training, Minority Groups, Models, Program Evaluation, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($30 prepaid; 10 or more copies, $15 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
Identifiers: Research Replication