ERIC Number: ED361555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Arkansas Youth Opportunities Unlimited Follow-up. Final
Steinmiller, Georgine; Duncan, Lisa Bergeron
The follow-up component of the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) program tracked students who graduated from YOU programs. Each participating university--Arkansas State, Henderson State, Southern Arkansas, University of Arkansas-Monticello, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and University of the Ozarks--maintained contact with its own graduates. Henderson coordinated efforts and collected and reported data. Monthly contact was through newsletters, birthday cards, holiday cards, phone calls, visits, and interviews. Contact was lost with 10 of 518 students. The Junior-Senior High School Personality Questionnaire (HSPQ) was used to determine self-esteem attitude changes. On pretests, students tested in the extreme ranges; posttest results demonstrated scores in the normal range. During the retreat in 1989 and 1990, students tested again in the normal range. Responses to exit interviews were generally very positive and favorable. Spring interviews showed students maintained a very positive attitude about the program and expressed their intention to complete high school. Grades and school attendance remained stable. Of the 517 students, 19 graduated, 5 received General Educational Development certificates, and 458 were still in school. (Appendixes following the 23-page report include letters, monthly contact schedule and materials, HSQP test profiles, exist and spring interviews, grade and attendance follow-up forms, retreat materials, and stay-in school statistics.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Ancillary School Services, College School Cooperation, Dropout Prevention, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Attainment, Federal Aid, Followup Studies, Graduation, High Risk Students, Outcomes of Education, Potential Dropouts, Residential Programs, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Self Esteem, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Summer Programs, Work Study Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Henderson State Univ., Arkadelphia, AR.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982