ERIC Number: EJ766017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Implementing a Social Enterprise Intervention with Homeless, Street-Living Youths in Los Angeles
Ferguson, Kristin M.
Social Work, v52 n2 p103-112 2007
Homeless, street-dwelling youths are an at-risk population who often use survival behaviors to meet their basic needs. The traditional outreach approach brings services into the streets, yet does not adequately replace the youths' high-risk behaviors. Similarly, job training programs often fail to address the mental health issues that constitute barriers to their productive employment. Drawing on social development principles, the "Social Enterprise Intervention" (SEI) model is proposed as an alternative approach. The SEI seeks the tripartite effect of employment, service-related, and mental health outcomes for street youths. This article compares existing intervention models and suggests that through the SEI, homeless youths can acquire vocational and business skills, clinical mentorship, and linkages to services that otherwise would not be available to them, given their street-dwelling status.
Descriptors: Job Training, Intervention, Business Skills, Social Development, Homeless People, Mental Health, At Risk Persons, Comparative Analysis, Mentors, Health Services, Career Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California