Project Support Evaluation, Los Angeles Unified School District. Report No. 1.Report as inadecuate

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This report describes the first operating year of Project Support, a 3-year gang/drug prevention program aimed at elementary students in six inner city schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The project involves the implementation of nine strategies described in the research literature as being effective in drug/gang prevention. These strategies include drug/gang policy awareness, drug and gang prevention education, racial/cultural sensitivity development, after school alternative programs, tutoring, mentoring, community service opportunities, career awareness, early intervention counseling, and parent education. Results and recommendations are provided based on findings from approximately 3,277 students, 33 parents, and 50 teachers who participated in the various programs offered. Overall, the participating school staff are satisfied with the project, and there is some evidence that the project is making a difference in the target students' behavior. However, the report notes that delays in both funding and budgetary approvals for subcontracts have contributed to delays and postponements of service provision to all of the schools. Appendices contain the student attitudinal survey used in the program evaluation and a copy of the pilot-program self-evaluation. (GLR)

Descriptors: After School Programs, Career Awareness, Community Involvement, Community Services, Cooperation, Counseling, Cultural Awareness, Delinquency Prevention, Drug Abuse, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Inner City, Intervention, Juvenile Gangs, Mentors, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Tutoring, Urban Youth

Author: Slovacek, Simeon P.; And Others


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