ERIC Number: ED172067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Florida's STEP Program.
Florida State Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Tallahassee.
Project STEP (Short Term Elective Program) is an outdoor-educational program that, through teaching wilderness survival skills and affording a necessity for their use, provides juvenile delinquents with a feeling of self-reliance and self-worth. The program is designed for committed youths, primarily males, at least 13 to 14 years of age, but preferably older. Participants must be within the normal range of intelligence, have not committed a violent offense and have expressed a desire to participate in the program. For the juvenile delinquent, this often means basic changes in his perceptions of himself and others, his self-concept and attitudes. Wilderness survival includes a long canoe trip and a three- to six-mile run each day. The youths learn to cook, keep clean in primitive circumstances, stay dry and build fires in the rain, paddle in the dark, read the compass, and sleep in tents. They learn elementary astronomy, a bit about the weather, and a lot about their own interactions with each other. The program has built-in stress, but includes group treatment, which takes the form of peer-group Reality Therapy, that emphasizes responsibility for personal behavior and its consequences. When the youths return home, they are actively assisted through a follow-up period to retain their new self-concept and attitude toward cooperation back in the community, and to find jobs or enroll in school. (Author/CKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Tallahassee.