ERIC Number: ED371097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Project LIVE Learning through Industry and Volunteer Educators. A Program.
Children's Aid Society, New York, NY.
Project Learning through Industry and Volunteer Educators (Project LIVE) is a mentoring, tutorial, and world of work program that matches a junior high school student with a corporate volunteer. Since 1972, it has matched inner-city New York City seventh and eighth graders who are below grade-level in reading with volunteers who tutor in their workplaces. More than 4,000 students have benefitted from this program, which evaluations have shown to be very successful. Overall, 91 percent of participating students graduate from high school, and the dropout rate of 9 percent is much lower than the 35 percent who dropout city-wide. The goal for Project LIVE in the coming year is to expand the program by three companies. Each corporation has 20 to 25 volunteers, each of whom is released for the last hour of the work day to tutor at the work site. Students are brought from school and given a snack to wait until their mentors are ready. The first hour is spent in introduction to the world of work, and the second hour, after the tutor's regular work day, is devoted to tutoring in basic skills. Mentor training and support services are available. A list of companies that have participated is provided. (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, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Aid Society, New York, NY.