ERIC Number: ED362686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Encouraging the Discouraged. Working with Disadvantaged Youth and Their Families. Building Community-Based Coalitions.
Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Cooperative Extension Service.
Extension educators teach the same information to disadvantaged youth and their families as to any other audience, and those being helped are just as willing to learn. The difference is that families with limited resources have many barriers that slow the process of change to self-sufficiency. As extension educators plan and implement programs, they must keep in mind such barriers as single parenting, health issues, safety issues, limited education, limited income, and societal prejudices. The following are ideas for program planning: placing adults from the targeted audience on the steering committee; using practical examples when teaching; avoiding a lot of handouts; using short, take-home lists to reinforce ideas; including community resources; designing brief, easy-to-read evaluation materials; building flexibility into the program; and being ready to change material that has been field tested. Program presentation ideas are as follows: be prompt; encourage participation; understand that educator attitude will establish credibility; dress appropriately; allow time for discussion and mutual support; avoid allowing group members to disclose too much personal information in a group situation; do not be discouraged if attendance is inconsistent; avoid using middle income examples to teach concepts; avoid judging; provide follow-up resources; do not expect major growth in behavior; be aware of single parenting issues; and know what one cannot do. (Contains 14 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, Consumer Economics, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Planning, Extension Education, Family Life Education, Inner City, Program Development, Program Implementation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Youth, Student Development, Urban Education, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Cooperative Extension Bulletin Center, Cottage A, Thatcher Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-0099 ($2).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Cooperative Extension Service.