ERIC Number: ED480993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
No More Islands: Family Involvement in 27 School and Youth Programs.
James, Donna Walker; Partee, Glenda
This report asserts that given the importance of families to a variety of positive youth outcomes and the emphasis placed on family involvement in federal law, young people should not be treated as "islands" by school and youth programs, separate from the context of their families. The report is the result of an analysis of over 100 evaluations of school and youth programs published in a series of compendia on effective programs. The 27 evaluations that described family involvement in youth programs used four broad categories of approaches to family involvement: communicating with families and reinforcing program goals; designating staff to coordinate with families and professional development; designing and implementing family member-related services and activities; and expanding family member roles and relationships. The report describes barriers to successful family involvement experienced by school and youth program staff and identifies several myths that should be discarded to improve program quality by involving family members. Summaries of program evaluations are included. Three appendices offer AYPF compendia methodology, limitations, and organizations with additional information on family involvement. (Contains 46 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Youth Programs
American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-2505 ($10). Tel: 202-775-9732; Fax: 202-775-9733; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.aypf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.
Note: With assistance from Sonia Jurich. For related studies, see ED 409 462, ED 431 927, and ED 473 901.