ERIC Number: ED414533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Impact of School-Related, Community-Based, and Parental-Involvement Activities on Achievement of At-Risk Youth in the High School Setting.
Young, Barbara N.; Helton, Carol; Whitley, Marilyn E.
If teenagers do not find support at school, home, or in the community, then they will find it with peers, gangs, or other means. Subsequently, the importance of extra-curricular involvement for at-risk youth is reported in this paper; to what extent this involvement had potential to influence performance in academics is also examined. Involvement in community-based programs and involvement in activities within the home, especially parent-children interactions, were also investigated. Participants (N=20) were interviewed to determine the students' involvement with school-related activities, such as sports, and involvement in church, music, scouts, clubs, sororities, and neighborhood groups. Results from these interviews indicate that family, school-sponsored extra-curricular activities, and community activities all had a significant impact on the academic engagement, performance, and socio-emotional growth of these adolescents. Findings also suggest that many parents feel alienated from high schools, are unable to comprehend the academic work, and are unable to offer much assistance with homework. It is suggested that schools invite parents into the schools and use extra-curricular activities to enhance students' academic commitment. The report includes a questionnaire on parental involvement, lists some characteristics of at-risk learners, and offers strategies for teachers. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).