ERIC Number: ED285988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Teen Parenting (Adolescent Single Parents). Final Report, from July 1, 1986 to June 30, 1987.
Lee, Gary; Pinholster, Roger
With the aid of single parent grant money, the Highlands County (Florida) School Board surveyed the needs of adolescent single parents in three high schools and three middle schools. Dropout students also were contacted. Survey results identified the barriers to adolescent single parents obtaining marketable skills. The need for occupational training and minimal basic educational skills was evident in that only one of the students was functioning at the last placed school grade level. Other barriers included transportation and child care needs. Linkage with the local community vocational college was sought, and use of the college work evaluation center was established. Local community support was found through agencies such as Health and Rehabilitative Services, Highland County Health Department, South Florida Community College, and Heartland Private Industry Council. A program framework was developed, emphasizing future job success and positive self-image for adolescent single parents. Although initiated late in the year (April 14, 1986) and running a short time (to June 4, 1986), the program had a positive beginning, with 28 students served. An evaluation revealed a need for a larger facility to house the program, the lack of appropriate materials, and the need for continued and expanded public relations to attract school dropouts. Child care services and space for single parents were tripled during 1986-87. Purchased materials and equipment established better quality programs. As a result of expanded counseling, child care, clinic services, and vocational training, many young parents have maintained progress in school, made the transition to teenage parenthood, and moved toward establishing a career direction. For the 1987-88 year, there are plans to expand the program in numbers of students, quality of services, and opportunities for career education. (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Education, Child Rearing, Dropout Programs, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Educational Needs, Lower Class Parents, Mothers, One Parent Family, Parent Education, Parent Role, Parenting Skills, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Vocational, Adult, and Community Education.
Authoring Institution: Highlands County Schools, Sebring, FL.
Note: Project No. DVE 2A-6.