ERIC Number: ED358180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
What Young Adolescents Want and Need from Out-of-School Programs: A Focus Group Report.
Morris (S. W.) & Company, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
The Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development undertook a 2-year project to assess non-school programs offered by various community-based youth organizations. This project included focus group interviews with youth about their current activities and preferences for after-school activities. Sixteen focus groups were conducted in the metropolitan Washington (District of Columbia) area attended by 135 White, Black, Central American, and Vietnamese male and female youth aged 11 to 15 years. All of the youth were from at-risk environments due to pervasive social and economic problems (violent crime, alcohol and drug abuse, poverty, and physical abuse). Several themes emerged as participants described how they spent their time when not in school. When programs that engage adolescents' interests are offered, adolescents will participate in them. Other themes include the need for adult role models, family support, and environments of respect and comfort. Boys are more likely to participate in non-school team sports and scouting programs, while girls are more likely to participate in religious youth groups and summer programs. Recommendations are provided for youth centers, staff, and programs. Appendixes A through D describe the study methodology, and provide the screener instrument, the moderator's guide, and the participant information sheet. Appendixes E and F present detailed findings from urban and rural groups. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, After School Programs, Community Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Ethnic Groups, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Needs Assessment, Racial Differences, Rural Areas, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Urban Areas, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Morris (S. W.) & Company, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia