ERIC Number: ED482327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Alternatives for At-Risk and Out-of-School Youth. ERIC Digest.
Educators are considering ways to help youth identified as "at-risk" succeed in school and beyond. Alternative programs (AP) can be effective environments for students who may not fit the mainstream mold and need additional support. Effective AP use a holistic approach that encompasses social, academic, psychological and career-related needs. The following eight factors consistently recur in research reports and descriptions of effective AP: (1) caring, knowledgeable adults; (2) a sense of community; (3) an assets approach; (4) respect for youth; (5) high expectations for academic achievement and responsible behavior; (6) holistic, comprehensive, multidimensional developmental curriculum; (7) authentic, engaging learning that connects school and work; and (8) support and long-term followup services. Some examples of AP include: career academies (small learning communities that engage students by focusing on career interests and rigorous academics that reflect high expectations); YouthBuild USA (program features include supportive peer-group communities, community service, culturally appropriate curricula, youth leadership, and follow-up through alumni clubs and support services such as information, counseling, and job placement); and Bridge over Troubled Waters (comprehensive programs and services include nontraditional outreach, runaway services, a preemployment program reflecting an assets approach, health education/peer counseling, parenting support, and a program for youth with developmental disabilities). (CG)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adult Education, Basic Skills, Career Academies, Career Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, High Risk Students, Integrated Services, Nontraditional Education, Out of School Youth, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Psychoeducational Methods, Secondary Education, Social Support Groups, Student Characteristics, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.