ERIC Number: ED322250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Beating the Odds: Four Stories.
This publication describes four school health programs from the standpoint of young people who participate in them. Its purpose is to indicate how committed staff members in comprehensive school health programs can help students to succeed. The publication identifies four well-respected programs in diverse settings that are using innovative approaches to improve the health and academic achievement of individual students, and reports on an encounter at each program site with a young person who has been helped by the program. A common theme among these narratives is the experience of growing up in an America far different from that of previous adolescent generations. Each account discusses situations and problems modern youth must confront, and describes how access to a network of professionals and helping adults can provide what these young people need for their passage through adolescence. The following programs are described: (1) the school-based Youth Services Program, New Brunswick (New Jersey); (2) Communities in Schools, San Antonio (Texas); (3) STAR (Student Taught Awareness and Resistance) Program, Kansas City (Missouri); and (4) Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, Jackson (Mississippi). Each narrative includes photographs of its student subject in school and community settings. Program profiles, including contacts and addresses for further information, are appended. (AF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Case Studies, Comprehensive Programs, Health Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Personal Narratives, Program Descriptions, Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling, School Health Services, Social Networks, Social Support Groups, Student Welfare, Urban Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.