Quantum Opportunities Program: A Youth Development
The Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) is a comprehensive education and youth
development program designed especially for disadvantaged high school students.
It does not specifically target either pregnancy or STD/HIV/AIDS prevention;
rather, the intent is to prevent risk-taking behaviors by providing youth with
health, social and educational opportunities and intensive personal support.
The intervention begins at the start of 9th grade and continues through all
four years of high school, including vacation periods. During this time, participants
are exposed to the following: (1) 250 hours of education, including computer-assisted
instruction, peer tutoring, and homework assistance; (2) 250 hours of development
activities (e.g. life and family skills, health and sex education, family planning,
drug and alcohol abuse refusal skills, college planning); and (3) 250 hours
of community service activities. In addition, youth receive hourly stipends
and bonuses, both of which are to be deposited in a controlled savings account.
The original field study included 125 randomly selected students (half program
participants, half controls) across five sites (Philadelphia, PA Saginaw, MI,
Oklahoma City, OK, San Antonio, TX and Milwaukee, WI). Researchers assessed
a wide range of personal, social and career-related attitudes, behaviors and
experiences beginning at the start of the program and continuing through high
school graduation. They found that the positive effects of the intervention
accrued slowly and steadily. By the final assessment period, program participants
showed significant advantages in academic and career performance and social
behavior. In particular, the researchers found that 24% of the experimental
group had children, versus 38% of control group members. View
more detailed information on this program.
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A Note About the Quantum Opportunities Program
Within the PASHA collection, the Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) is unique in two respects. First, while other programs in the PASHA collection may last for a few sessions, a few weeks, or even a few months, QOP is designed to last for four years --from the beginning of a participant's freshman year of high school through graduation.
Second, while other programs in the PASHA collection come with standardized curricular materials, QOP is best implemented when the content is completely customized to the community's specific needs and available resources. For example, in the original implementation of QOP, Program Coordinators offered classes in remedial math to program participants; your program may opt to focus on other substantive areas. Therefore, this program box does not include all the materials needed to replicate the program. Rather, it includes the program's framework, strategies and guidelines for implementing that framework along with tools for evaluation.
For more detailed guidance on developing your QOP curriculum, please contact
C. Benjamin Lattimore, program developer, directly:
Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America
1415 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122