ERIC Number: ED439896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
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Practical Partnerships: A Cooperative Life Skills Program for At-Risk Rural Youth.
Thurston, Linda P.
Survival Skills for Youth (SSY) is a life skills management program developed for out-of-school youth who have a history of failure in academic or employment settings, or who are considered at-risk for failure in the adult world of work. The skills taught are grouped into 10 areas, one skill category per workshop. The workshops include up to 15 participants who work together in activities that emphasize analysis, practice, and generalization of skills, and provide positive peer support and feedback. The program is organized and delivered via the collaborative efforts of education and noneducation agencies. Ten groups totaling 114 youth aged 12-18 participated in SSY in rural areas of Missouri and Tennessee. Participants included: court-adjudicated youth; youth in foster care, alternative public schools, and summer youth employment programs; dropouts; and youth with emotional or behavior problems. Interagency partnerships were found to be an effective means of providing extracurricular life skills workshops to these at-risk rural youth. Pre- and post-evaluations covered knowledge of life management concepts, self-esteem, social skills, and participant satisfaction. Results show that the workshops were effective in changing the attitudes and behaviors of the participants. Participants responded positively to the satisfaction survey. Eleven bar graphs present results. (Contains 18 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri; Tennessee