ERIC Number: ED416283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Project Choice: Lessons Learned in Dropout Prevention.
In Project Choice, Ewing Marion Kauffman, through his Kauffman Foundation, offered a college education to inner city youth in selected schools in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. In exchange students and parents agreed among other things that students would avoid disciplinary problems in school and the community, maintain satisfactory grades, and graduate on time with their class. The Kauffman Foundation learned that this type of incentive program can motivate young people to stay in school, but that there is a number of academic and social skill obstacles that even the promise of a free college education cannot overcome. Of the 1,394 students who signed Project Choice agreements, 767 graduated on time, and 709 of these students continued their educations. Ten significant lessons were drawn from the Project Choice experience: (1) inner-city students can succeed; (2) support services are crucial; (3) the attention of caring adults is more powerful than the promise of a college education; (4) parents count; (5) high school graduation is not the end; (6) schools opt out if they are not full members; (7) flexibility is essential; (8) kids need ongoing rewards and recognition; (9) incentive is expensive; and (10) permanence requires community partnership. Interviews with six individuals affected in different ways by Project Choice are included. Parents, students, and teachers speak about the lessons learned by the Kauffman Foundation through Project Choice. (SLD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Educational Attainment, Graduation, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Incentives, Inner City, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Program Evaluation, Scholarship Funds, Tuition Grants, Urban Youth
Internet: www.emkf.org; phone: 816-932-1207.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Missouri