Model Program

Foundations, Inc. Job Resource & Development Center (JRDC)

Martin Luther King H.S.
6100 Stenton Avenue, Suite 227
Philadelpia, PA 19138
http://www.foundationsinc.org/impact/job-resource-development-center

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Contact Information:
Ms. Terri L. Stigler
Director
215.276.4857
tstigler@foundationsinc.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School
Adult

Urban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Job Resource & Development Center (JRDC) is a proven model for job and life skills programming. The JRDC program exposes students to the world of work. Through intensive preparation and training, follow-up mentoring, and part-time job placement, students acquire new skills and begin exploring career options. The results are clear: lower student drop out rates, improved daily school attendance and disciplinary profiles, and increased graduations rates.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Extended-School/Summer Program, Extra Curricular, Literacy Development

Strategies for Locating Students:
School or district teams to track students, Collaboration with other schools/districts

Starting Date: 2004
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: None
Last Verified: 2011

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Parenthood
  • Poor attendance
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Not living with both natural parents

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

School

  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $200,000 - $500,000 or $500 - $1000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
School Districts
Foundations
Donations

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

West Oak Lane Business Association, Philadelphia Youth Network, Martin Luther King H.S., School District of Philadelphia, Northwest Community Coalition for Youth, Ombudsman

Evaluation Information:

Starting in 2007/2008 school year the program started tracking seniors from Martin Luther King H.S.enrolled in the program and how many graduated from those seniors and the number of seniors going on to higher education. 2007/2008 school year: 101 seniors, 73 graduated, 40 higher education 2008/2009 school year: 130 seniors,101 graduated, 93 higher education 2009/2010 school year: 136 seniors, 107 graduated, 84 high education. Since 3/2004 to 1/2011 we have enrolled/trained 2500 students and employed 1300 in part-time after school and summer jobs and full-time employment for our graduates.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level