ERIC Number: ED412485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Portland Public Schools Touchstone Project: Final Evaluation Report, 1994-1996.
Mitchell, Stephanie J.
In today's complicated world, it is difficult to raise healthy, safe, and drug-free children. The Portland Touchstone Project tries to address this challenge by improving the resiliency of at-risk youth. The program is described in this report. It is based on a model that attempts to strengthen families and increase safety, security, and stability for children. The basic assumption of the model is that families want the best for their children, and even high-risk or drug-affected families can show considerable resolve in dealing with the stress in their lives. The project tried to engage high-risk families in working cooperatively with school and community efforts to reduce the use of student drug use. Findings from the evaluation of the project's two years of giving assistance to youth and families are highlighted in this report. It documents the work of the program, the success the program had in improving the lives of children, and discusses areas for further study. Profiles of participants are offered, including gender, grade level, and ethnic group, along with risk factor characteristics. Some of the methods used, such as the family unity meeting and family adaptability, are detailed. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland Public Schools, OR. Research and Evaluation Dept.