ERIC Number: ED218364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Services for At Risk Adolescents: A Program Evaluation Report.
Beach, Christine; Halverson, Bret
This report presents the findings of a study to evaluate the appropriateness of 63 alternative educational and vocational programs for high-risk adolescents in New York City, specifically youthful offenders and persons in need of supervision in the facilities of the New York State Division for Youth (DFY). The programs were established to provide remedial instruction in basic skills, preparation for work, and some supportive services. Some of the programs were set up by the New York City Board of Education, while others were run by community-based groups. Each program was evaluated for: 1) flexibility of admission criteria; 2) appropriateness of program characteristics; 3) suitability of program content; and 5) provision of support services. Evaluation found that: 1) since many of the programs serve the needs of young people other than DFY youth, there was a lack of suitable placements in the programs for DFY youth; 2) lack of counseling and other supportive services may hamper the educational progress of DFY youth; and 3) programs seldom involved young people and their families in decision making. Several programs, despite substantial limitations, were found to have met many needs of the target population. It was recommended that more alternative educational programs be established for high-risk adolescents, especially DFY youth. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Adolescents, Basic Skills, Child Advocacy, Community Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Advocates for Children of New York, 29-28 41st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 (write for price).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.; New York Community Trust, NY.
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.