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ERIC Number: EJ945237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
"I Am in School!": African American Male Youth in a Prison/College Hybrid Figured World
Urrieta, Luis; Martin, Karla; Robinson, Courtney
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v43 n4 p491-506 Nov 2011
Educational programs are seen as a vehicle for improving the educational experiences and life outcomes for youthful offenders. In 1998 North Carolina started the Workplace and Community Transition Youth Offender Program (YOP). The program offers youth post-secondary educational courses. Our study examines 2007-2009 data from YOP youth participating in the program. Using students' voices our study shows that YOP not only decreases recidivism drastically, but has a personal impact in the youth participants' lives. YOP provides a space of change that is not prison or a traditional college. The hybrid figured world provides an opportunity for African American male youth to re/author themselves creating new hybrid identities. The youth author themselves as students versus inmates. These new identities and educational competencies have potentially long term benefits for youth offenders and for communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina