ERIC Number: ED307942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
SUNY Youth Internship Program: A Summary Review.
Winter, Gene M.; Fadale, LaVerna M.
A Youth Internship Program (YIP) has been developed at seven community colleges of the State University of New York (SUNY) to improve the employability potential of unemployed, out-of-school, economically disadvantaged youth between 16 and 21 years of age. Components of the seven programs examined differ, but all address six main activities: recruitment and intake; instruction in academic, life, and/or employability skills; the provision of internships or work experience; program evaluation; financial accounting; and the development of links with other agencies providing similar services. An external evaluation was conducted in September of 1988 to provide a profile of the seven programs and to determine the extent to which program activities were achieving their objectives. For the program as a whole, over 2,500 youth have been served in some way by YIP. More than 1,500 of these were involved in one or more instructional components, nearly 1,000 participated in a subsidized internship, and 31% of the participants ultimately found employment or continued their education. The evaluation report recommends the following: (1) efforts should be made to obtain a state commitment for ongoing support of the program; (2) there should be an increase of opportunities for communication and sharing among local programs; (3) more specific guidelines should be provided by SUNY to enable more meaningful compilation of performance data across programs; and (4) consideration should be given to seeking follow-up data earlier than the one-year time period set forth in the legislation. Attachments include a YIP site interview schedule and a memo from the Office of Community Colleges to the presidents of the community colleges regarding a request for YIP proposals for 1988-89. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.