ERIC Number: ED392895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Youth Organizations. Myths and Realities.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Some misconceptions surround youth organizations and their contribution to career and occupational development. The first myth is that student youth organizations have diminishing value to today's vocational education students. The truth is that vocational educators have identified strong vocational student organizations (VSOs) as an essential component of high quality vocational education. Students are very articulate about the benefits they have realized through participation. Research studies show participation in activities benefits career development. A second myth is that the strength of youth organizations is their focus on leadership activities. According to adult postsecondary members, the primary goal of membership is to develop competencies necessary for employment in a high performance economy. A third myth is that student organizations are nice extracurricular activities for motivated students. Today, student organizations are working to ensure that their activities are integrated into the classroom curriculum. A fourth myth is that teachers' involvement in student organizations remains strong. Teachers are facing a time crunch. To enlist teacher support, some organizations are devising new ways to reach them. A final myth is that state and federal funds provide sole support to VSOs. As federal funds have been cut, states can no longer carry the burden of financial support. VSOs must make stronger efforts to secure support from the business community. (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.