"In 2000, the Employment and Training Administration awarded grants to 36 communities to provide services – including education, employment, support, and leadership development – to youth ages 14 to 21 in high poverty areas. The grants ranged from $3 million to $44 million over five years (2000 to 2005). The objective of the Youth Opportunity Grants Initiative (YO) was to concentrate a sufficient level of funds in high poverty areas to improve the long-term educational and employment outcomes of youth living in these areas and to serve a high enough proportion of those youth to positively affect peer pressure. The study concluded that YO succeeded in concentrating large amounts of resources in high poverty areas and reaching a large proportion of the youth in those areas. The study also concluded that positive community-level impacts are achievable for communities such as those served by YO, especially with regard to educational outcomes"(Abstract).
The evaluation included four distinct components--an ethnography, impact analysis, Management Information System evaluation, and a process evaluation; a separate report exists for each component. The URL links to a DOL page from which each report can be accessed, as well as an Executive Summary of all four. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)