Youth unemployment creates real costs to the U.S. economy through the loss of talent and earnings. Check out the resources here to learn more about “what works” to re-engage disconnected young people with work, including young adults of color and those from low-income backgrounds.
Forging a Path: Final Impacts and Costs of New York City's Young Adult Internship Program
This report presents 30-month impact results from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP), a subsidized employment program for young people in New York City who were disconnected from school and work. YAIP offers disconnected young people between the ages of 16 and 24 a temporary paid internship, and other support services. Though YAIP’s programing led to substantial short-term gains in employment and earnings, these gains faded and participants' outcomes matched those of the control group in the long term.
Working Students Success Network (WSSN): Final Outcomes Evaluation Report
The Working Students Success Network (WSSN) strategy integrated a full range of services and supports to help students improve their financial knowledge, budgeting skills, and choice of financial products. The WSSN strategy also engaged students in identifying and creating achievable career plans to put students on a path to securing marketable postsecondary credentials and achieving economic success. The findings in this evaluation report suggest that community colleges are well-positioned to address the needs of youth from low-income backgrounds and youth of color.
Youth CareerConnect: Early Implementation Findings
This early implementation study explored Youth CareerConnect (YCC) two years after its initial funding. The results show that grantees successfully laid the foundation for effective programs and services that should yield positive results for the remainder of the grant period and beyond. The research suggests grantees actively engaged employers in program activities and effectively used work-based learning, small learning communities, and individual development plans with YCC students. Further, another evaluation report, Youth CareerConnect: Engaging Employers and Workforce Agency Partners, found that all grantees planned to continue those employer partnerships after the grant ended.