ERIC Number: ED360437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
Overwhelmed in Cincinnati: Urban Appalachian Children and Youth. Draft.
Borman, Kathryn M.
The issues facing urban Appalachian children and their families in Cincinnati (Ohio) are addressed. Appalachians have the highest school dropout rate in Cincinnati proportionate to their numbers, with low access to jobs and generally poor access to, and use of, public services. Much of the information for this report comes from a survey of 246 Summer Program participants (youth) in an Appalachian neighborhood. Other information is derived from recent research and personal experiences working with this population. Two particularly pressing issues are jobs and health-related concerns. Appalachians are discriminated against in the job market and neglected in health services. Examination of the elementary school and high school experiences of urban Appalachian children reveals the economic stresses these families encounter, as well as the strong cultural influences in which they develop. The life experiences of a neighborhood worker from the urban Appalachian background illustrate the difficulties these children face. Interviews with program participants gave a strong sense of the neighborhood as a supportive network with an enclave character. High school is frequently seen as dominated by an alien culture. Social services delivery systems for urban Appalachians should address needs in the neighborhoods while emphasizing personal attention and practical applications in a culturally sensitive fashion. (SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Cultural Differences, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Family Problems, High Risk Students, Poverty, Social Discrimination, Social Services, Social Support Groups, Summer Programs, Urban Problems, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cincinnati)