ERIC Number: ED019518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966
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An Experimental and Demonstration Manpower Program for Disadvantaged Youths. Final Report.
The job counseling center initiated an experimental and demonstration program to test the thesis that an urban school could provide a manpower training program to out-of-school, unemployed, and disadvantaged youth. Licensed school personnel were used in four centers in areas having high unemployment rates and a concentration of Negro and Puerto Rican families to provide counseling, remedial education, short-term vocational training, and job placement services. The highest source of recruitment was referral by other clients. The counseling program concentrated on quick job placement for clients and used both licensed school counselors and social workers. Remedial reading instruction was offered on a voluntary basis, and most clients who stayed with the program 6 months or more showed gains. Skills training, offered in "try-out shops" in typing and office machines, proved motivational but did not provide salable skills except in a few cases. Industrial shops were discontinued, and clients were referred to other institutions for such training. The program cooperated with other agencies and other special educational programs with some success in obtaining services, training and job placement for some clients. There were 5,986 employment referrals and 3,493 client placements during the program. The program demonstrated that a school system can provide professional personnel who are qualified to run a program for out-of-school and disadvantaged youth. Extensive discussion of each facet of the program, general evaluative statements, and a summary and recommendations are included. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.