ERIC Number: ED441975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Linking School-to-Career and Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities To Support Young People at Risk.
Taylor, Judith Combes; Buchau, Katrina
In recent years, the federal government has designated 105 communities across the country, including many urban neighborhoods, as Empowerment Zones or Enterprise Communities (EZ/ECs). At the same time, many urban school districts have launched school-to-career initiatives to help keep at-risk youth in school and improve their academic achievement and career prospects. A study was conducted to determine whether coordinating school-to-career with EZ/EC efforts would provide new resources and opportunities that would help at-risk youth. Research was conducted through a telephone-based survey of officials in communities targeted because both EZ/EC and school-to-career initiatives were underway. The study found a wide spectrum: in some places, very little collaborations exists; in others, there is some collaborative activity, although it is not very developed. Based on the surveys, more expensive interviews were conducted with people in Boston and Tacoma, two communities in which promising collaboration efforts are underway. The study concluded that collaboration between the two systems is possible but that it requires commitment of time and resources by both parties. This report is organized into four parts: (1) an explanation of why linking school-to-career initiatives to zones would benefit youth and a summary of the project; (2) profiles of Boston and Tacoma initiatives; (3) key lessons learned about collaboration between the sectors; and (4) four appendixes providing more information about school-to-career, EZ/ECs, federal grants relevant to serving at-risk youth, and a list of persons interviewed for the project. (KC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Education Work Relationship, High Risk Students, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.; Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston); Washington