“IT'S LIKE A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON”: SOCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY AN INNER-CITY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Terrinieka W. Powell, Meghan Jo, Christopher Martin, Winston Philip, Nan M. Astone

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine the types of social support provided by STRIVE, an inner-city-based workforce development program. Life history interviews were conducted with 20 African American graduates (aged 18–24 years) of the workforce development program. Nearly half of the sample was male (45%). Over half of the sample was employed at the time of the interview (65%). Participants described receiving extensive informational and emotional support from the workforce development program. After participating in the workforce development program, respondents described themselves as being less stressed and more self-confident. Participants described using the skills gained and support offered to gain employment, enroll in educational programs, and interact more effectively with others. Thus, workforce development programs may be a viable option to address employment needs and provide meaningful support to vulnerable young people during their transition into adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-345
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • qualitative
  • social support
  • workforce development
  • young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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“IT'S LIKE A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON” : SOCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY AN INNER-CITY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. / Powell, Terrinieka W.; Jo, Meghan; Martin, Christopher; Philip, Winston; Astone, Nan M.

In: Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 45, No. 3, 01.04.2017, p. 333-345.

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Powell, Terrinieka W. ; Jo, Meghan ; Martin, Christopher ; Philip, Winston ; Astone, Nan M. / “IT'S LIKE A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON” : SOCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY AN INNER-CITY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. In: Journal of Community Psychology. 2017 ; Vol. 45, No. 3. pp. 333-345.
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