ERIC Number: ED407511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
School-to-Work Opportunities for Out-of-School Youth. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
The School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 is designed to provide all young people, including out-of-school and at-risk youth, with access to programs that integrate academic and occupational education. In many cases, however, these youth are reached only by dropout prevention efforts. Because dropouts, as well as young people who have obtained low-skill jobs after high school graduation, need the opportunities that school-to-work provides, recent initiatives have taken a variety of forms to address the needs of out-of-school youth. Strategies that have been employed include the following: (1) demonstrating the benefits of school-to-work programs; (2) integrated learning; (3) nonmandatory enrollment; (4) youth as active participants; (5) distinct program identity; (6) short-term benchmarks; (7) high expectations; (8) support services; (9) adult mentors; and (10) employer incentive mechanisms. The Milwaukee Public School System's Division of Alternative Programs serves a wide range of at-risk and out-of school youth. Central to this system's success in school-to-work programs for these youth has been its ability to engage all stakeholders to meet all partners' needs. (This report describes 11 organizations that can provide information about school-to-work for out-of-school youth.) (KC)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Resources, Educational Strategies, High Risk Students, High Schools, Out of School Youth, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.