A survey and analysis of specific socio-economic changes among individuals participating in Houston's New Careers Program



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Recently, there has been a surge of criticism directed at various poverty programs in the United States. The critics of the poverty programs claim that they constitute only 'hand-outs' and 'made-work.' This thesis was designed to show positive changes, if any, in the socio-economic lives of participants in Houston's New Careers Program. A comparison is made of the socio-economic lives of two groups of homogeneous trainees entering New Careers approximately one year apart. Data were collected concerning the economic and social activity of the trainees as well as their attitudes toward work and social mobility. The analysis of the information collected on the trainees shows positive economic and social changes have occurred within the group participating in New Careers for a year or more. However, the attitudes of the trainees in both groups are found to be similar with regards to work and social mobility.



New Careers Program, Houston