ERIC Number: ED116889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Models for a North Central States Rural Youth Program. Final Report, August 1975.
Reid, Joseph M.; Miles, Guy H.
The following three models in the Rural Youth Program (a program for the economically disadvantaged) were evaluated: (1) The Corn Belt Model (Iowa, 1973-74); (2) The Northern Forest Model (Minnesota, 1973-74); (3) The Central Plains Model (Nebraska, 1972-73). In addition to base line school and community data, occupational, educational, and social data were obtained via questionnaire for both experimental and control groups (graduated seniors) in each model location. The participation of the target population in summer, in-school, and out-of-school model programs was evaluated in terms of the following criteria: (1) placement in a job; (2) placement in a higher education experience or an additional training opportunity; and (3) preparation for the transition from rural to urban living. Although after the first year of operation, the Minnesota and Iowa projects attempted to bolster their vocational counseling and education programs for high school seniors and did manage to obtain a high rate of participation in one or more of the school year activities, the follow-up study indicated that either these services were not likely to have a significant impact on the post-high school behavior of these youths, or the impact was not sufficiently great to be measured in quantifiable terms. With a few exceptions, there was no statistically significant difference between the post-high school behavior of youths in the experimental and control groups. (JC)
Descriptors: Control Groups, Counseling, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Programs, Experimental Groups, Followup Studies, High School Seniors, High School Students, Job Placement, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Rural to Urban Migration, Rural Youth, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Star Research and Development Inst., Minneapolis, Minn.