ERIC Number: ED428305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-4
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Evaluation of the Bridge Builders Program: Students Involved in Multicultural Activities.
Petry, John R.; McCree, Herbert L.
Bridge Builders is a 2-year program intended to develop leadership in high school students. Programmatic goals include enhancing the participants' understanding of other racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic groups, gender awareness, social responsibility, and the value of community service. Bridge Builders participants confronted community problems such as racial discrimination, homelessness, educational inequity, drug abuse, and poverty. These young leaders are expected to influence others in their schools and communities. Their awareness of and commitment to solving community problems should produce lasting benefits for the society. A survey of former participants (N=151) was conducted to study the impact of the program over its 10-year history. Attitudes of participants with regard to leadership, community service, communications, human relations, and Bridge Builder activities were studied. A set of seven questions inviting comments was also included. A data analysis is provided with demographics, descriptive data on questions, and analysis by gender, race, age, education, and period of involvement. Differences by current vocation (job category) are presented. Answers to the qualitative questions are discussed, and conclusions presented. Overall the program was seen as effective; however, many suggestions for improvements were reported. Recommendations are listed. Includes letter and instrument used to gather data. (Contains 12 tables.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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