ERIC Number: ED315510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Project WORTH. Work Opportunity Readiness for the Homeless. Final Evaluation Report 1988-89.
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Project WORTH served the job training needs of and facilitated employment for homeless adults in Louisville shelters by providing instruction in basic living skills, academic skills, and employability and vocational skills. Child care, transportation, and food service were provided to make participation in the training program possible. Of the 264 individuals who entered Project WORTH, 132 actually participated in the training. Possible reasons for nonparticipation include the fact that no stipends were offered, no evening vocational classes were offered, no child care or transportation was available to those who participated in the evening classes, and the length of the training program. Forty-two students enrolled in General Educational Development (GED) preparation, and 11 obtained the GED by the end of the project year. Seven of the 11 people who received the GED were placed in jobs, and 5 of the 7 were still on the job after 13 weeks. Of the 42 people placed in jobs by the project, 24 retained their jobs after 13 weeks. Almost twice as many females were enrolled in the program as males and almost twice as many of the participants were white, compared to black. Participants received an average of 18.06 hours of instruction, ranging from 4 to 196 hours. Participants showed an average grade equivalent gain of .87 in reading and 2.5 in math. Linkages of federal, state, and local government with social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and care providers were found to be important but not sufficient. (Fourteen appendixes are included in the report. They include staff evaluation of the project, lists of local resources, statistics on client characteristics, and program models and organizational chart.) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Potential, Homeless People, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Nutrition, Outcomes of Education, Parenting Skills, Poverty, Self Esteem, Social Services, Stress Management
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky (Louisville)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests