Topic: Preparing Minority Males for Employment
The National Employment rate for minority groups between the ages 16 to 24, is below 8%, compared to the national average of 55%.
National Average for Young Adults Employment: 55%
White American: 57%
Asian American: 43%
Hispanic American: 51%
Native American: N/A*
Living in Poor Communities (Lack of Businesses and Job Opportunities)
Poor School Attendance (School lateness and Class Cuts)
Non-Money Management Skills (Poor understanding of Economics)
Time Management (Lack of Accountability)
How the 100% Graduation Rate Program Address the Problem:
- We met with the student and their parent to sign a 4-year agreement to graduate on time.
- We held 12 after-school training sessions on Economics and the US Legal System for 9th graders.
- We worked with local businesses, organizations, and the school district to find summer job opportunities for the program participants.
- We help place students in summer job programs or help find them summer jobs from 9th grade to 11th grade.
- We met with student’s summer job employers and gave them our contact information.
- We held 18 after-school training sessions on Academic Preparation, Social Skills and Job Readiness for 10th graders.
- We did not assist students in finding summer employment, if they had to attend summer school.
100% Graduation Rate Program Results:
Camden, New Jersey – **Program Participants Group B (105) compared to Program Sample Group A (105)
The Male Program participants had a 73% higher Youth Employment rate. Compared to the City’s sample group of males – 95% (100 out of 105) to 22% (23 out of 105).
Each year, the City’s two largest high schools – Camden High and Woodrow Wilson – Guidance Departments selected 15 incoming high school freshmen for the program. These students were classified as at-risk, based on having grades below C in Math and/or Reading, or had a poor student behavior problem.
The students were then randomly assigned to a Program Group- A (Non-treatment) or Group B (Program Treatment) – based on their seating during the program’s orientation.
School Districts should develop a career path curriculum for middle-school students, and develop partnerships with local Businesses, and Community Organizations to:
- create paid and non-paid career summer job programs.
- work with the local Chamber of Commerce to conduct monthly job readiness, youth workshops.
- expand the high school Internships program and allow students to receive high school graduation credits.