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M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald L.


Millville Memorial High School (Millville, N.J.); Interns (Education); School administrators--Training of


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of the study is to determine if the at-risk youth employment internship program can improve student performance in the areas of attendance, academic achievement, and discipline offenses. The at-risk youth employment internship program is a two year pilot program supported by the state of New Jersey. The Millville school district was selected as the representative for Cumberland county. The at-risk youth employment internship program places an at-risk student in a job shadowing experience for an eight week period. The student is required to attend three days per week for two hours per day. The student is given a stipend of $25 per week for a total of $200. The employer is given a stipend of $150 per month for a total of $300. Data was recorded for students participating in the program for three marking periods. Data was collected based on marking period averages in attendance, grades, and discipline offenses. Attendance and academic achievement did not improve as a result of participation in the program. The number of discipline offenses did decrease significantly in the third marking period.