ERIC Number: ED312560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Youth-At-Risk Needs Assessment.
Gittman, Elizabeth; And Others
Many of the 56 school districts of Nassau County in New York State offer programs to support youth-at-risk. The programs are diverse, and they vary across districts in availability, effectiveness, and perceived need. This study sought to determine availability, effectiveness, and perceived need of programs which provide at-risk youth with academic support, counseling and personal growth, staff development and training, health education, adolescent pregnancy prevention, suicide prevention, child abuse prevention, parenting and parent education, college entrance, employment training, and community education. A survey instrument was mailed to each of the 56 school districts in Nassau County with 40 school buildings responding, representing 34 districts. These were the major findings: (1) most dropouts left school in grades 10, 11, or 12; (2) the three major reasons for leaving school were personal problems, academic difficulties, and employment; (3) a majority believed that dropouts and out-of-school youth would remain in school if an alternative were offered; (4) virtually all indicated that in-school staff handled referral, management, and follow-up of attendance problems, acting-out, emotional/social behaviors, and potential suicides; (5) one-fourth represented districts that had a district-wide Parents' Advisory Council; and (6) most support programs providing services for the at-risk population were rated moderately effective. (ABL)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Westbury, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 1989).