ERIC Number: ED342555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
Keeping Our Students in School: An Alternative Approach for At-Risk Students.
Steinmiller, Georgine G.; Steinmiller, Robert
This paper describes a dropout prevention, residential summer program on university campuses in Arkansas. The Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) progam began in 1988 at Henderson State University and by 1990 five Arkansas universities hosted programs. Funds for the program are provided through state agencies, the universities, vocational funds, and participating service delivery areas. The YOU program gives 14- and 15-year-old students the opportunity to master basic skills in language arts, mathematics, and reading as well as work experience during their 60-day residential program. Students can receive high school elective credit for their summer classes, which count toward graduation. Students also have the opportunity to earn approximately $600.00 to $700.00 for on-campus employment. Students are given a weekly allowance, and the rest of the money is put into a safekeeping account. Students receive medical and dental examinations and medical insurance for the summer. Henderson State University is tracking the pilot group of YOU students for 3 years. Results from the first and second year follow-up show that grade point average and attendance did not improve; however, students' self-esteem and positive attitudes improved during the program and remained stable after a 2-year lapse. Of the 43 pilot students, 3 have completed high school, 2 are in college, and only 6 have left school. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: In: Reaching Our Potential: Rural Education in the 90's. Conference Proceedings, Rural Education Symposium (Nashville, TN, March 17-20, 1991); see RC 018 473.