ERIC Number: ED371096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Project LIVE: A Literacy and Dropout Prevention Program that Works. Evaluation Study.
Collier, Walter V.; And Others
Through Project Learning through Industry and Volunteer Educators (Project LIVE), the Children's Aid Society has been addressing problems of literacy and school dropout in an educational partnership between junior high schools in New York City and a number of major corporations. LIVE brings together junior high school students (grades 7 and 8) who are below grade level and matches them with volunteer tutors from participating corporations under the umbrella of a social-service agency. Students are bused from school to the tutors' places of business and back to school. This arrangement allows students to experience the business environment as well as to receive help. Recent research has indicated that the dropout rate for adolescents in the general population is three times that of Project LIVE students. In the 1987 evaluation, 118 students and 109 current tutors completed surveys about the project's impact on the dropout rate, college enrollment, employment rates, and the program's attractiveness to students. In all these areas, Project LIVE was rated an overwhelming success. Sixty-two percent of students thought they might have dropped out without Project LIVE, and 4 of 5 students actually did complete high school, with 52 percent going on for further education. Students were enthusiastic about the project, and considered that it improved their employment potentials. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Corporate Support, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Field Experience Programs, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Literacy Education, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Social Problems, Tutors, Urban Schools, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Aid Society, New York, NY.