ERIC Number: ED324572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Effective Programs for At-Risk Adolescents. Fastback 308.
Dougherty, John W.
Students considered at-risk are defined as students who lack a sense of identity, personal connectedness, and personal power. Another characteristic of at-risk students is the role parents play or fail to play in the at-risk behavior. A case is made for all students being at risk at some point in their lives. Four programs were designed and implemented to help at-risk and marginal students at one junior high school. The four programs include the OK Club, the Quest for Success Skills Program, the I-CANN (Individualized Course Alternative, Now or Never), and the Student Assistance Council. The OK Club is designed to build self-esteem and to provide after school-support and requires a strong parental component. The Quest for Success Skills Program is a transition program which prepares at risk sixth-graders for junior high school. The I-CANN Program provides counseling, development of self-esteem, and a hands-on curriculum. It also has a strong parental component. The Student Assistance Council involves a staff team that assesses the needs of at-risk students and recommends actions to address those needs. A successful program must begin with an attitude of caring. This caring attitude must be reflected by the total school staff toward every student and his or her family. (ABL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade 6, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, School Counseling, Self Esteem, Transitional Programs
Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($0.90; discounts on larger quantities).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.