Evaluates the Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP), which seeks to prepare low-income teens for work, assist them in exploring career opportunities, and provide them with adult support throughout the summer.
SCEP is a local summer job program for low-income teens that has operated in the Philadelphia region for over 15 years. The evaluation of SCEP addresses four main questions: 1) How is the SCEP program designed and implemented, and is it successful? 2) Who participates in SCEP? 3) What are the short-term and intermediate impacts on participants, if any? 4) What are the lessons from SCEP that can inform other summer youth employment efforts? (p.3). The report describes the program and characteristics of the participants in detail, assesses the quality of implementation, examines the impact of SCEP, presents recommendations for improvements, and explores the potential of summer youth employment programs. (Abstractor: Website Staff)