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TAE PRESIDENT’S COUNC
Neus ree ON YOUTH OPPORTUNI
VICE PRESIDENT SPIRO T. AGNEW, CHAIRMAN 801 - 19th STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C.
VOL. Il, NO. 40 Tel: 202/382-1534 DECEMBER 12, 1969
36 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN CLEVELAND
PROVIDE JOBS FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUTH
For the second consecutive year, member voluntary agencies
of Cleveland's Welfare Federation participated during 1969 in a summer
jobs program for nearly 500 disadvantaged youth.
The 36 participating agencies provided work stations and super-
vision for youth who worked as day and music campaides, physical
therapy assistants, and outreach workers.
One hundred and thirty-eight of the jobs were financed directly
from agency budgets, anincrease of nearly 100 per cent from 1968.
The program was coordinated by Cleveland's Manpower Planning
and Development Commission. Additional information is available from
the Welfare Federation, 1001 Huron Road, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115.
31 DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
PROVIDED PUBLIC RELATIONS TRAINING
Thirty-one Detroit high school students participated this spring in
a four-week training program in public relations. Held at Wayne State
University, the project was designed to train youth for summer jobs as
communication aides at 17 neighborhood centers.
Students received instruction in news release writing, interview-
ing, poster and handbill design, and lettering. To supplement classroom
sessions, field trips were made toanewspaper, radio and television
stations, an advertising firm, and a printing company.
Professional public relations persons worked with each student in
an advisory capacity during the training program and made periodic
visits to the job sites during the summer.
The project was funded by the Detroit Public Schools In-School
Neighborhood Youth Project and United Community Services.
-- Alfred Collins, a second-year participant in a photographic
workshop sponsored by the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity in
conjunction with the President's Council on Youth Opportunity, recently
received an award for being one of thé winners in a national photography
-- A group of inner-city students in Washington, D.C., has or-
ganized a ''Teen Corps" which will sponsor employment clinics to help
youth learn how to obtain and hold a job.
POST OFFICE 'BIG BROTHER'
PROJECT CUTS JOB DROPOUT RATE
A "big brother'' program to help young employees in the summer
jobs program of the U.S. Post Office Department cut the job dropout rate
from more than 20 per cent in 1968 to less than 10 per cent nationwide
this past summer. More than 1, 800 full-time employees volunteered to
act as counselors to the approximately 7,900 disadvantaged youth hired
this summer, a ratio of almost one to five.
In Washington, 53 volunteers worked with 253 youth and kept all
but nine on the job from June to September --a loss of about 3.5 per cent.
Encouraged to solicit potential summer employees from disad-
vantaged communities, volunteers helped youth through the certification
process and arranged for advance vouchers for those youth who needed
money for carfare, lunches, and clothes for work. Counselors also or-
ganized after-work activities and helped youth deal with personal diffi-
culties as necessary.
The Post Office relaxed work pressures upon counselors so they
could spend more time with the four or five youth working alongside them.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AIDED
BY DES MOINES 'NEW HORIZON' PROGRAM
A work program designed to encourage 14 and 15-year-old youth to
remain in school has been developed in Des Moines by Community Im-
provement, Inc., in cooperation with the public schools. The "New
Horizons'' work-study program began as a three-year demonstration
project with youth enrolled from the seventh through the ninth grade in
two target area junior high schools. The program now operates inthree
high schools and serves more than 400 youth.
Students enrolled in ''New Horizons" attend school in the mornings
and hold part-time jobs in the afternoon for up to three hours a day. North-
western Bell Telephone, Equitable Life Insurance Company, and several
city offices provide work sites, supervision, and salaries for the youth.
51 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN
MINNEAPOLIS URBAN CORPS
During the summer of 1969, 51 student interns representing 23
colleges and universities in nine states, participated in the Minneapolis
Urban Corps program.
Students performed a variety of tasks during the summer including
writing technical articles for the Water Works Department, researching
robbery trends for the Police Department, and surveying all Minneapolis
boarding homes in an effort to help revise ordinances governing them.
In addition to their regular duties, students also attended a weekly
"Symposium on Urban Affairs'' which focused on critical urban problems.
A report onthe Minneapolis project, including an evaluation by
interns and city personnel, is available from Michael B. Goldstein,
Director, Urban Corps National Development Office, 250 Broadway, New
York, New York, 10007.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
ENCOURAGE VOCATIONAL TRAINING
An educational assistance program to encourage and help students
with interests and talents in non-academic fields is entering its second
year in Princeton, N.J.
The Career Development Awards Program (CDA) is designed to
provide scholarships for talented youth who require financial assistance
for further vocationaltraining. It is also concerned with the student
who plans to attend college and has the resources to do so, but whose
career goals might best be served by technical-vocational training after
Launched by an advisory committee from the Princeton area, the
program is sponsored by the Educational Testing Service, and is pri-
vately financed through local fund-raising.
Students interested in the awards program were required to sub-
mit applications and be interviewed by aneight-member selection
committee made up of local business people.
During the first year of the project, 15 students received the
career awards and their plans ranged from two-year secretarial courses
to a six-month computer programming course.
Additional information onthe Career Development Awards Pro-
gram is available fromthe Educational Testing Service, Princeton,
TITLE ONE TASK FORCE LAUNCHED
BY U.S. OFFICE OF EDUCATION
A 15-member intradepartmental task force to look into the
operations of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has
been named by Dr. James E. Allen, Jr., Commissioner of Education in
the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Among the issues the task force willexamine are internal
management of Title Iinthe U.S. Office of Education, criteria and
guidelines, technical assistance and evaluation, and Title I relationships
with other U.S. Office of Education programs and how they can work
together to serve disadvantaged children.
Title I, ESEA, is the largest Federal aid-to-education program.
It is specifically designed for educationally disadvantaged children.
During the last school year, Title I served nearly eight million children
in about 16,000 school districts across the Nation.
NOW -- AND THEN
.... 'Strengthening the Neighborhood Youth Corps,'' a report ona
study of special services provided NYC enrollees, is available from the
United Neighborhood Houses, 114 East 32nd Street, New York, N.Y.,
SUMMER HIGHWAY JOBS FOR GHETTO
YOUTH REACH NEW HIGH IN 1969
A 127.4 per cent increase over 1968 inthe number of disad-
vantaged youth hired to work onthe Federal-State highway program has
been reported for the 1969 Summer Youth Opportunity Campaign of the
Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.
Now in its fourth year, the Federal Highway Administration pro-
gram is designed to obtain summer employment for youth with both
private contractors and State highway departments.
A total of 44,596 youth were reported hired across the Nation
last summer, a 45 per cent increase over the 30,573 hired in 1968. Of
these, 27,260 were disadvantaged youth.
The District of Columbia ranked first in providing jobs to the
disadvantaged, hiring 4,700 youth. Other states inthe top five were
Illinois, 2,151; Texas, 1,845; Ohio, 1,603; and Kansas, 1,548.
In most instances, the youth were hired as laborers. However,
a wide range of jobs was provided. Among the developments in the pro-
* The New Mexico State Highway Commission assigned youth to
materials and testing jobs, photogrammetry, bridge design, and special
* In Wyoming, various unions waived initiation fees as induce-
ment to youth who wanted to work in highway construction.
* In Tennessee, disadvantaged youth worked on landscaping and
maintaining the trees and shrubs planted along the highway. They re-
ceived training and close supervision intree-trimming, mulching,
planting, fertilizing, and pest control.
* New Jersey carried ona recruitment campaign inthe ghetto
areas of Newark and Trenton. For most of the youth recruited, it was
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