ERIC Number: ED031135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-May
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Response to Challenge: The New York City Urban Corps.
Nash, George; Nixon, Julian H.
Approximately 1,100 students from about 50 colleges and universities worked in more than 50 New York City agencies for the summer of 1966 in a million dollar program funded by the College Work-Study Program of the Office of Education and by the City, and administered largely by students. The Urban Corps had 3 purposes: to get needed work done; to be an internship for the students; to expose City agencies to fresh ideas. To determine what proportion of the program was a success, investigators visited the agencies, conducted group interviews, and administered questionnaires to approximately 600 interns and their supervisors. A look at a few of the individual interns and their experiences is followed by a composite picture of the interns and their agencies. The report discusses: administration of the program, what kind of people the interns were; what kind of jobs they had; what factors made the job good or bad; the interns who changed; and good and poor agencies. It was found that: exceptional students participated in the program; the Urban Corps was generally a success from the interns' and supervisors' points of view; and factors of satisfaction, effectiveness, and change were highly interrelated. Another successful aspect was the extent to which the program was studied by insiders and outsiders and the way in which findings modified administration of the Urban Corps. (JS)
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Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; Twentieth Century Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.