“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

Keywords

  • qualitative
  • social support
  • workforce development
  • young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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