ERIC Number: ED199476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Youth Unemployment and Undereducation: What Approaches Work? Research Paper No. 1.
Murphy, Bruce; Pawasarat, John
A study identified and analyzed successful national youth projects which have the highest job placement rates, the highest rate of returning youths to school, and the most effective combination of basic skills remediation and job placement. The analysis and identification was based on a summary of literature; discussions with local, state, and national officials involved with youth employment; and site visits to eight exemplary youth projects (in Boston, Baltimore, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Seattle, and San Francisco). Results of the study highlighted programs which return youth to school; provide remedial education and job placement; and involve cooperation among the prime sponsor, the local education agency (LEA), and the private sector. Factors linked to program success include tying academics directly to work experience; reinforcing attendance at school with paid work experience; career education, career awareness, and job preparation workshops; well-supervised job sites; and careful monitoring of programs through performance-based contracts, centralized intake, assessment, and pre- and posttesting. (The final chapter contains summaries of the eight case studies. Each summary provides information on in- and out-of-school programs, the prime sponsor, linkages with LEAs, private sector involvement, and program staff. A bibliography is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Basic Skills, Case Studies, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Research, Employment Programs, Job Placement, Models, National Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Reentry Students, Remedial Instruction, Success, Supervision, Surveys, Unemployment, Youth, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee. Univ. Extension.