ERIC Number: ED263271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-3
Reference Count: N/A
Summer Employment Programs for Disadvantaged Youth: Issues and Options.
Summer job programs for youth, including Federal programs and private-public partnerships, have come, over the years, to emphasize either short-term or long-term goals. Short-term goals include providing summer activity to the largest possible number of teens, providing income to economically disadvantaged youth, and providing structured work experiences for youth just entering the labor market. Long-term goals include improving the long-term employability of economically and/or educationally disadvantaged youth and producing improved community facilities or services. This paper summarizes the history of summer employment programs for youth, defines some of the problems with meeting the goals of these programs both administratively and financially, and discusses how youth job programs operate and what improvements could be made. The conclusions include: (1) While short-term objectives are met, work experience in a currently operated summer job program has little if any impact on a youth's long-term employability; and (2) The brevity of summer jobs makes it difficult to administer the programs and tends to undermine attempts at developing continuing contacts. Recommendations for program improvement include: setting clear goals which fit the specific community context; introducing enriched summer program components for the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYEP) more effectively; identifying private sector resources among businesses and foundations and creating coordinating mechanisms for matching these organizations with those who need them; and focussing on management and quality of programs. (CG)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Experience, Federal Programs, Summer Programs, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
Public/Private Ventures, 399 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.