ERIC Number: ED411581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Community-Based Prevention Services for High-Risk Youth: A Study of the Governors' DFSCA Program. Final Report.
Hayward, Becky J.; Cook, Rebecca A.; Thorne, Judy M.
In fall 1990 the U.S. Department of Education initiated a 5-year longitudinal study of the outcomes of local prevention-education programs funded under the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 (DFSCA). This report presents findings of a study that examined prevention services and activities funded under the Governors' DFSCA program. Of specific interest was the portion of the Governors' fund that targets services to high-risk youth. Data were gathered through site visits to a total of 25 local projects in 10 states and through interviews with project staff, officials in the project's host organization, project evaluators, community members, project participants, and parents. Part 1 contains a cross-state and cross-site synthesis of key findings. The state-level discussion examines state factors such as policies, priorities, funding practices, and other issues that appear to affect decision-making regarding funding and activities of local projects. The project-level synthesis summarizes effective strategies to reach high-risk youth and reviews the challenges faced by community-based organizations and individuals as they attempt to implement effective services for specific types of high-risk youth. Effective programs were characterized by intensive and extensive interventions, services targeted on particular groups, the provision of "safe havens," an emphasis on parental involvement, collaborative relationship with schools and other community services, and services offered in the places most frequented by youth. Part 2 contains profiles of the projects visited. Each profile contains an overview, the project's rationale, a description of participants, services, and activities; a discussion of the project's funding and staffing; a review of program evaluations; and a summary. One table is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act 1986