ERIC Number: ED096375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
In-School Neighborhood Youth Corps. 14/15 Year-Old Black Teenage Girl Project, Memphis, Tennessee. Final Report.
Fox, Andrew; And Others
This study analyzes the effects on 14- and 15-year-old black teenage girls of entering and participating in a specially designed work program. The girls were provided with supports in their work settings, well-defined tasks, supervisors as well as regularly scheduled peer interaction groups led by a young black woman considered to be an appropriate role model. The entire process of recruitment, selection, and certification was conducted by the Memphis In-school Neighborhood Youth Corps office. Two kinds of data were collected: (1) personality assessment on the experimental group and on the two control groups, and (2) external source data, consisting of school grades, school absences and tardiness, juvenile court contacts, known pregnancies, and on-job performance evaluations. The selected experimental group were given work assignments as assistants to teachers and leaders in afterschool day care centers in poverty neighborhoods. They were directed by job supervisors in each center, and participated in regular discussion-interaction groups. In brief, the youth employment program, supported by peer interaction groups, produced positive outcomes for those included in it. At the same time, those who were not included in the program (or who dropped out) showed negative changes in school grades and self-concepts, as well as an increased perception of themselves as being at the mercy of chance or luck rather than controlling their own destinies. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Attendance Records, Black Students, Females, Juvenile Courts, Peer Groups, Personality Assessment, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Role Models, Urban Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Social Service Delivery Systems, Memphis, TN.; Memphis City School System, TN.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee