ERIC Number: ED192865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-14
Address by Peter B. Edelman, Attorney, Keynoting "Mini-Conference" on Youth (National Conference on Social Welfare, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1979).
Edelman, Peter B.
The present definition of social services for young people should be extended beyond the provision of counseling and therapy to include the provision of help for those who do not have psychological problems. For example, the role of probation officers should include helping probationers find a job and keep it, return to school, or obtain other needed services. It is a fact, however, that the dominant form of social services to youth is counseling. Such an emphasis seems misplaced when the single greatest need of millions of young people is in the area of employment. In this respect, the work experiences created for teenagers should be evaluated to see if they provide worthwhile experiences and the educational needs of these young people should be reviewed with renewed care. Many youth will need job readiness preparation in addition to skills and extensive support services while on a job, whether the job is subsidized or not. Additional problems demanding discussion are the role of social services in relation to the schools; the system of income maintenance and welfare assistance; juvenile justice policy; services to troubled youth at the community level; and federal foster care policy. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.