ERIC Number: ED412269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Project SOAR 1996-1997. Evaluation Report.
Powers, Stephen; McConner, Stanley
Project SOAR (Student Opportunity for Academic Renewal) provides academic and personal mentoring and family support services to at-risk middle and high school students in six schools of the Tucson (Arizona) Unified School District. In 1996-97, 95 participants were served by the program and 95 mentors participated. This resulted in a win-win situation since students benefited from the mentoring, and mentors benefited from the experience of mentoring. The goals of Project SOAR were to increase the number of students who achieved success in their academic and personal lives and to provide valuable training and preprofessional experience to the education students who served as mentors. The program included eighth and ninth grade components and a teen parent component. Evaluation findings indicated that attendance increased and suspension rates decreased for participants. Overall, student grade point averages did not increase, although some improvement was evident for eighth graders. Self-confidence and self-esteem were increased for participants, and skill-building and positive social interactions were provided by the project. Parent and student communication was fostered by project events, while career exploration was enhanced and numbers of students considering higher education increased. Eighteen appendixes present information about the elements of parent involvement in schools and forms and questionnaires used in the evaluation. (Contains 4 figures, 14 tables, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Attendance, Career Exploration, College Students, Early Parenthood, Education Majors, Family Programs, Grade 8, Grade 9, High Risk Students, High School Students, Higher Education, Mentors, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Esteem, Suspension, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tucson Unified School District, AZ.; Sunnyside School District, Tucson, AZ.
Authoring Institution: Creative Research Associates, Inc., Tucson, AZ.