Initiatives that Assist and Barriers that Hinder the Successful Transition of Minority Youth into the Workplace

Initiatives that Assist and Barriers that Hinder the Successful Transition of Minority Youth into the Workplace

Jan 2000

Authors:

Rose Mary Wentling 
Consuelo Waight
University of Illinois

Executive Summary:

The primary purpose of this study was to identify initiatives that assist and barriers that hinder the successful transition of minority youth into the workplace. In addition, this study identified policies and practices that create work environments that are conducive to the development of minority youth in school-to-work programs. The study attempted to address the following major research questions: (1) What are the barriers that are most likely to affect the successful transition of minority youth into the workplace? (2) What are the initiatives that are the most likely to assist and support the successful transition of minority youth into the workplace? 
(3) What goals should be advocated for minority youth who are making the transition into the workplace? (4) What are the criteria for determining sensitive work-based learning sites and/or companies that assist in the successful transition of minority youth into the workplace?

Research Methods

The major method of this research study was in-depth, open-ended telephone interviews with a panel of 21 school-to-work partnership directors from across the United States. School-to-work partnership directors were chosen as study participants because they can provide current perspectives and up-to-date knowledge that cannot be found in other sources of information. Through telephone interviews, extensive data were collected in order to produce an in-depth understanding of the initiatives that assist and barriers that hinder the successful transition of minority youth.

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Wentling, R. M., & Waight, C. (2000, January). Initiatives that assist and barriers that hinder the successful transition of minority youth into the workplace. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.