Summarizes findings from an implementation and outcomes evaluation of the YouthBuild Youth Offender grants.
"This report summarizes findings from an implementation and outcomes evaluation of the YouthBuild Youth Offender grants. The evaluation consisted of site visits to each of the 34 grantees to examine their program design and implementation, the characteristics of the participants they served, and the outcomes they obtained. Two rounds of site visits were conducted, the first in the spring and the second in the fall of 2007. These visits included interviews with program administrators, staff, academic and vocational instructors, partners, and employers that had worked with participants" (ES1). (Abstractor: Author).

Major Findings & Recommendations

• "More than 68 percent of participants completed the program either by graduating or through early placement" (p.ES5). • "[M]ore than one-third of [participants] obtained a [GED or high school diploma] after entering YouthBuild" (p.ES5). • "[N}early two-thirds of all participants were placed in unsubsidized employment, an educational activity, or occupational training" (p.ES5). • "Finally, nearly three-fourths of participants (74.6 percent) did not re-offend or have their probation or parole revoked after entering YouthBuild" (p.ES6). • "[G]rantees located in urban areas, and those with lower student-to-classroom teacher ratios; that had active youth policy councils; that owned and/or managed their own worksites; and in which vocational instruction was linked to academic instruction, tended to have higher rates of employment among their participants" (p.ES6). (Abstractor: Author)