ERIC Number: ED425225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Safe Passage: Making It through Adolescence in a Risky Society.
Dryfoos, Joy G.
The primary job of parents is to ensure safe passage for their children from infancy through adolescence to adulthood. Research has indicated many things schools can do to turn the privilege of safe passage into a right. Three research-based programs that work to achieve safe passage are described. The first is Caring Connection, a "one-stop-shop" for youth services at a high school in Marshalltown (Iowa). The second is the Quantum Opportunities Program, an innovative 4-year, year-round program in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) that provides learning, youth development, and community service opportunities, along with summer jobs, for youth from disadvantaged families. The third program, The Academy for Peace and Justice, operated by El Puente, a community organization in Brooklyn (New York), is an academically and developmentally focused school with strong connections with the community. The experiences of these programs and other successful initiatives are used to model the "safe passage school," an imaginary prototype urban middle school. The 1,000 students of the school are divided into five separate "houses," in which students stay together for 3 years. Basic core courses are shaped to fit with the specialized house themes. The school is characterized by a support system with needed services provided on site. The active promotion of parent participation and after-school activities are additional features of the model. The vision of the safe passage school encompasses almost all aspects of successful programs, integrated into a student-teacher-family-centered institution. Some suggestions are given for turning the vision of the safe passage school into a reality. Seventeen publications and 16 organizations are listed for additional information. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Note: Adapted from "Safe Passage: Making It through Adolescence in a Risky Society - What Parents, Schools and Communities Can Do" by Joy G. Dryfoos, Oxford University Press, 1998.