ERIC Number: ED400472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Career Counseling with Street Youth. ERIC Digest.
Redekopp, Dave E.; And Others
A variety of programs have unsuccessfully attempted to address the career development needs of street youth (defined here as 16-24 year olds with no fixed address, low social support, and who support themselves through street activities such as prostitution, theft, and drug-dealing). This digest describes "Skills Plus," a pre-employability program intended to help street youth develop the prerequisite skills for formal instruction in other locations or for immediate entry-level employment. A continuum of interventions used as individuals increase their ability to adapt to new environments is described. The levels of this intervention hierarchy (in order from lowest to highest) followed in the Skills Plus program are: (1) Intensive Support; (2) Advising/Guiding; (3) Coaching; (4) Formal Instruction; (5) Consulting; (6) Self-Help; and (7) Personal Innovation. The first several weeks of the program, devoted to intensive support, are briefly described, followed by a discussion of coaching. Outcomes of the program included the majority of the youth returning to school, obtaining further training, or finding employment. Of greater significance were the transitions to better support systems, better living conditions, better communities, and better self-care. Includes a figure indicating the seven levels of the hierarchy of self-directed adaptation. (RB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).