ERIC Number: ED310190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Life Skills in Context.
Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Statistics indicate that while half of America's teenagers are sexually active by age 18, many of these youth do not use contraception regularly and most delay doing so for more than a year. Of the nearly 500,000 teenage pregnancies resulting in birth annually, most of the mothers are unmarried and about half are under 18. This report argues that adolescent child-bearing and dropping out are known to be closely related phenomena with serious economic, social, and health repercussions for adolescent parents and their children, as well as implications for the national economy and work force. The National Research Council publication, "Risking the Future," urged enhancement of life options through life planning courses, especially for students most at risk for unintended pregnancy and birth. The Summer Training and Education Program (STEP) provides such courses. It is a model designed to address teen parenting issues in an employment and training context. Instruction in reading, mathematics, sexual development, and responsible social behavior are combined with summer work experience and critical support during the academic year. An important component of STEP is the Life Skills and Opportunities (LSO) curriculum, for which underlying values and rationale, participation information, and a table of contents are presented. A 23-item selected bibliography is appended to the report. (AF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cultural Pluralism, Daily Living Skills, Decision Making Skills, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Prevention, Early Parenthood, Employment Programs, High Risk Students, Intervention, Pregnant Students, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Sex Education, Sexuality
Public Private Ventures, 399 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2178.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982