ERIC Number: ED409385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Girls Programming in New York City. A Summary Report.
Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY.
This summary report describes the findings of a study undertaken in 1995 by the Academy for Educational Development, a nonprofit educational evaluation and research organization for the New York Women's Foundation. The major purposes of the study were to document the status of girls aged 9 to 15 in New York City, identify exemplary programs for the age group, and make recommendations to the Foundation regarding programming for girls. Data analysis of basic indicators of demographic and socioeconomic status, health and welfare, education, and juvenile justice provided a general description of the health and welfare of girls in the city. A survey was mailed to 560 youth-serving agencies in New York City, and 75 were returned, for a return rate of 13%. In these programs, girls were underrepresented compared to boys. While 67 agencies reported serving girls, only 10 had girls-only programs. Five of these seemed to meet the Foundation's criteria in that they provided separate space and time for girls and had a positive youth development philosophy. Three of these programs are profiled as excellent examples of programming for girls. They include a writing group for junior high and high school girls, an acrobatic and unicycle club for girls aged 11 to 14, and a science and mathematics program for seventh graders. These programs are grounded in a coherent vision of how to support girls' development. They have staff who are knowledgeable about girls' issues, and they foster skills that are transferable to other areas of girls' lives. Agency staff identified many problems in creating effective girls' programs, including girls' self-perceptions, the attitudes of parents and community members, and insufficient resources. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Demography, Females, Health, Private Sector, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Public Agencies, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Academy for Educational Development, 100 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)