ERIC Number: ED407621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota YouthBuild Program Overview, 1995.
Minnesota State Dept. of Economic Security, St. Paul.
Many times, young people can make a significant impact on their communities. An example of this potential is evident in the Minnesota statewide youth program, in which at-risk youth rebuild their neighborhoods. The program enables young people to gain job skills while working toward their high school diploma or GED, to play a respected role in their communities, and to build safe, affordable housing. The program targets youth involved with the criminal justice system and those who belong to gangs. The program also helps those youth who have difficulty making the transition from school to work. The program serviced approximately 315 young people in 1995 and 46 units of affordable housing were made available to over 200 homeless, battered women and children, and low-income persons. During 1995, 80% of all participants (ages 16 to 24) successfully completed the program, averaging 90% attendance. Overall follow-up data indicate that an estimated 70% of participants went on to obtain their high school diploma or GED. Fifty percent of all graduates attended a technical and vocational school, college, or other postsecondary institution. Participants gained increased skills in leadership development and self-esteem and reduction in negative behaviors. A synopsis of each of the state programs is provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Economic Security, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota