ERIC Number: ED422467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Something To Think about. A Student Generated Project That Reaches into the Community.
Green, Anson M.
The Culebra Road GED/JOBS (General Educational Development/Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) class provides recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) with remedial academic instruction, job preparedness training, and training in parenting skills. At the suggestion of one of its students, the class undertook a project that involved visiting middle schools and discussing the personal and economic consequences of dropping out of school. The class spent 2 months developing their presentation, which included a short question and answer session, a budget game designed to illustrate the difficulty of living on minimum wage and/or TANF benefits, and the GED/JOBS students' personal stories. The project experienced a temporary setback when the participants were informed that they could not use the word "pregnant" in their presentations. After a compromise allowing them to mention their own pregnancies in their personal stories, 9 of the 16 GED/JOBS students shared their stories with 70 middle school students. The project was considered valuable by the middle school students and their counselor as well as by the GED/JOB students and their instructor. (The following items are included: the middle school counselor's and GED/JOBS instructor's reflections on the project, student handouts, and the GED/JOBS students' stories.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Programs, Class Activities, Dropout Prevention, High School Equivalency Programs, Hispanic Americans, Intergenerational Programs, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, One Parent Family, Program Development, Public Service, School Community Relationship, Student Projects, Unwed Mothers, Welfare Recipients
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests