ERIC Number: ED291821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Allies in Education. Schools and Businesses Working Together for At-Risk Youth. Summary and Conclusions.
McMullan, Bernard J.; Snyder, Phyllis
There is a growing national movement in which schools and businesses have become allies in efforts to improve education. Many school-business partnerships focus on disadvantaged youth in urban areas. Three popular models for these collaborations are the following: (1) the pairing of a business with a single school; (2) collaborative efforts that focus on entire educational systems; and (3) collaborations intended to increase employability through the provision of special classes and/or part-time jobs. Nine programs were studied in order to ascertain their efficacy in improving the chances of success for at risk youth. The components, population, and type of collaboration are presented for each program. The major findings are the following: (1) the programs provide youth with experiences which show the link between schooling and employment; (2) while some programs exist in name only and others merely serve public relations functions, many are rigorous and intensive; (3) personal growth and employability have increased for participants; (4) many schools have been improved physically, academically, and affectively; and (5) the programs have become catalysts for educational change. (VM)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Basic Business Education, Business Skills, Cooperation, Disadvantaged, Educational Improvement, Educational Opportunities, Employment Potential, High Risk Students, Nonschool Educational Programs, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Employment, Urban Education
The Communications Department, Public/Private Ventures, 399 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For volumes I and II, see UD 026 015-016.