ERIC Number: ED309265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Summer Youth Service Corps for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A Concept Paper. Occasional Papers.
Briscoe, John A.; Buckheit, James
The Pennsylvania Summer Youth Service Corps (SYSC) is an effort to assimilate the ideals of community service exemplified by the Peace Corps, VISTA, and the Civilian Conservation Corps with the long-established Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYETP). SYSC differs from the existing summer youth employment program by its focus and orientation on service contributions to one's community, state, and nation, not simply on earning money in a summer job; teams of young people working with a full-time crew leader; work assignments that are visible projects providing lasting benefits to the community; and learning goals that are focused on self-development, increased competence, and improved self-esteem. Designated service delivery areas under the auspices of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) administer SYSC. Once selected, corpsmembers participate in a "wilderness challenge" experience designed to develop leadership, self-confidence, trust, and teamwork. The following week, work crews begin their assigned work project; educational services are integrated into the daily activities of each work crew. A task force formed to explore ways to improve the SYETP has conducted workshops to provide information on SYSC and to train corps crew leaders. SYSC uses existing federal, state, and local resources for its support; the majority of funds comes from JTPA. Pennsylvania plans to expand SYSC in 1990. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Youth Service America, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982