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Education Week: High School Internship Boosts College-Going for Boys of Color, Study Finds

High School Internship Boosts College-Going for Boys of Color, Study Finds

By Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week

Mentoring young men of color with professional work experience can significantly boost their likelihood of graduating and going on to college—but only if you can get them to prioritize the job program over other high school activities.

That’s one takeaway of the Urban Institute’s final evaluation of the Urban Alliance High School Internship program, which was launched in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. under the federal Social Innovation Fund. The program, which combines college-and-career mentorship with six-week professional career-skills training and a senior-year internship, led to higher college-going and employment rates for boys who completed it. But the program had high attrition, and girls seemed to fare equally well with or without the supports.

Read the full article at edweek.org.

Copyright: Editorial Projects in Education
Published Online: August 29, 2017