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NCJ Number: 73655 Find in a Library
Title: Pre-Vocational Educational Needs of Disadvantaged and Delinquent Youth - Final Evaluation Report
Author(s): W B Clancy
Corporate Author: Loyola University
Institute of Human Relations
United States of America
Project Director: D M Owens
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Eric Document Reproduction Service
Arlington, VA 22210
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Sale Source: Eric Document Reproduction Service
P. O. Box 190
Arlington, VA 22210
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Formative and impact evaluations were used to assess a project designed to investigate the specific vocational education needs of disadvantaged and delinquent youths in the New Orleans area.
Abstract: Project goals were to identify the study population's capacities and vocational ambitions, help them reach their goals through training in a vocational-technical school, and provide a diversion program for first offenders and nonviolent offenders. Twenty-seven juveniles were initially chosen to participate and were administered the California Achievement Test to establish baseline data. Twenty-three participants, all of whom were black, completed the pretest and entered the educational program, which met during the summer for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. The curriculum included remedial academic instruction and individual and group counseling. Of the original 23 participants, 2 were terminated for disruptive behavior, 5 resigned from the program, and 3 completed the program but remained unemployed. Of the remaining 13 participants, 3 were helped to find employment, 6 returned to school, and 4 successfully completed their high school equivalency examination. Thus, almost half of the original participants were successful. Additional trainees brought into the program had a positive effect on the participants. It is recommended that the demonstration be replicated and that alternatives to institutionalization continue to be developed. In addition, educational strategies should be emphasized over employment strategies in designing diversion programs. The program's long-term impact on participants should also be assessed. Tables and an addendum presenting additional results and a list of materials related to remediation are included.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Black/African Americans; Diversion programs; Evaluation; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile rehabilitation; Louisiana; Program evaluation; Vocational training
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