Evaluation of HIRED Vocational Programming at Broadway High School, Minneapolis

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Evaluation of HIRED Vocational Programming at Broadway High School, Minneapolis

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This report summarizes an evaluation of HIRED and Broadway High School's vocational training partnership program for pregnant and parenting teens, conducted in Fall of 2007. The primary aim of this evaluation was to describe the experiences of former students and determine the effects of this program on their lives after school. Methods for collecting data included document reviews, interviews, focus groups, and a survey. Of 79 former students on the mailing list, 15 participated in either in-depth interviews or a focus group. Qualitative data was collected and analyzed to uncover and illuminate similarities of experience and significant patterns. Although there were no clear patterns in job, education, or MFIP cash grant status, a few significant themes emerged from the qualitative data, including: participant knowledge of and distinction between HIRED and Minneapolis Public School offerings, a connection between HIRED involvement and goal specificity, highly positive views of HIRED caseworkers, identification of a connection between HIRED coursework and 'real life', and an overwhelming interest in helping professions.

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Conducted on behalf of HIRED. Supported by the Northside Seed Grant Program (NSG), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.

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Pejsa, Laura; HIRED. (2008). Evaluation of HIRED Vocational Programming at Broadway High School, Minneapolis. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/196318.

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