ERIC Number: ED378271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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No Strangers Here? A Study of the Experience of Low-Income Students of Color in High School.
O'Keefe, Joseph M.
In 1963 Catholic leaders in New York (New York) began the Higher Achievement Program (HAP), a high-school based, 6-week college preparatory program for boys from low-income families that takes place in the summer after seventh grade. Academic study in the morning is followed by athletics, field trips, and other social or artistic activities in the afternoon. Emulatory models play a key role, especially the HAP Scholars, young men chosen because of academic ability, leadership potential, and a low-income family background. These teacher assistants and mentors receive grants to two city Catholic single-sex high schools. Since 1965, 474 young men have received HAP scholarships, and as of 1990, the program has had a retention rate of 79 percent. Questionnaires were completed by 185 current and past HAP scholars, 35 percent of whom are Black, 41 percent Hispanic American, 9 percent Asian American, and 15 percent White. Taken with interviews with 32 alumni, the responses present a picture of the blatant and subtle racism students experience, of their points of connection with school, and their points of isolation. The importance of ethnically similar role models for these young men is highlighted. (Contains 94 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)