A drop-out prevention program for high-risk inner-city youth.

Behavior modification

PubMedID: 15186513

Lever N, Sander MA, Lombardo S, Randall C, Axelrod J, Rubenstein M, Weist MD. A drop-out prevention program for high-risk inner-city youth. Behav Modif. 2004;28(4):513-27.
Inner-city youth are at high risk for dropping out of high school. Within this article, risk factors associated with dropout and strategies for effective prevention and intervention are reviewed. An example of a school-based drop-out prevention program is highlighted. The FUTURES Program is a school-based drop-out prevention program designed to address the needs of high-risk youth through smaller classes, character development, career preparation, case management/mentoring, positive incentives, and access to mental health services. Components of the program are described in detail and data evaluating the effectiveness of the program are presented. Directions for the future development of programs and conducting research to prevent dropout by inner-city youth are discussed.