ERIC Number: ED025577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-30
The Neighborhood Youth Corps' In-School Enrollee, 1966-67: An Evaluative Report. Part I.
McNamara, Robert J.
This analysis of the Neighborhood Youth Corps (NYC) In-School Enrollee was based on a probability sampling of all the nation's youths enrolled in the program. 3,618 were studied. A comparative group of 1,143 similar line poverty youngsters in the same schools, but not in the Neighborhood Youth Corps, were also analyzed in areas where parallelisms occurred. Two-thirds of the enrollees listed retention in school until graduation as the main purpose of the Neighborhood Youth Corps. Most spent their wages on items of school needs and social respect. A fundamental factor in the development of good work attitudes and self-esteem was the enrollee's feeling of job satisfaction. This depended on wage satisfaction, satisfaction with the "boss," and satisfaction with the work itself. Attitudes were positive on the last two; the first evoked large scale criticism. White collar jobs were most popular with no discrimination among Negroes and whites in these placements. The fact that one-third of the enrollees were working in unskilled categories represents a problem for the Neighborhood Youth Corps. In general, Neighborhood Youth Corps participants received little more counseling than the comparative group. Project directors recognize the need for greater effort in this area. For part II of the evaluation report, see UD007677. (RB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.