Examines the successful impact of Baltimore City YO! Program on participant earnings and employment in comparison to a similar group of out-of-school youth.
"The Baltimore Youth Opportunity Program evaluated the employment and earnings impact of the program using the quarterly wage records collected by the state. The evaluation involved using a comparable subgroup of the YO! enrollees who did not actively participate in the program as a comparison group" (p.1). Results demonstrated that YO! program participants demonstrated significantly better employment, earnings, and attachments to the labor market. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• In terms of total reported wages paid after the enrollment date, participants out earned the comparison group by more than 35%. (p.1) • Study participants demonstrated a 42% increase in terms of labor market attachment when compared to the comparison group. "When one considers that the participant group, by definition, was more active and engaged in program activities that would generally have taken time away from being available for work, this difference is even more pronounced" (p.1). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)