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Quantum Opportunities

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America
1415 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
http://www.oicofamerica.org/onlprog.html

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Contact Information:
C. Benjamin Lattimore
Director
215.236.4500

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

African-American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Hispanic

Description:

The Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) is designed to help at-risk youth make a "quantum leap" up the ladder of opportunity through academic, developmental, and community service activities, coupled with a sustained relationship with a peer group and a caring adult, offered to them over their four years of high school. The QOP framework strives to compensate for some of the deficits found in poverty areas by (a) compensating for both the perceived and real lack of opportunities, which are characteristic of disadvantaged neighborhoods; (b) providing interactions and involvement with persons who hold prosocial values and beliefs; (c) enhancing participants' academic and functional skills to equip them for success; and (d) reinforcing positive achievements and actions.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Career Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Mentoring/Tutoring, Service Learning, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Parenthood
  • Low achievement
  • Low educational expectations
  • No extracurricular participation

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

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
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Optimism

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

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Volunteers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Two multi-site experimental studies were carried out from 9th grade through expected time of graduation and statistically significant results were consistently found at one site in one of the studies. The key at this site was dosage and fidelity to the program model. Youth at this site, compared to the control group: became teen parents less often, had higher academic and functional skills, were more likely to graduate, had higher educational expectations, and were more likely to attend postsecondary schools.

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

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