Explores fidelity to the YouthBuild program model at 75 YouthBuild sites nationwide and illustrates variation and similarities in service provision across them, including for educational services, vocational training, and supportive services.

The report highlights findings from implementation site visits made to 75 YouthBuild sites across the United States during 2012 and 2013, undertaken as part of a larger random assignment study of the program. YouthBuild is a “‘second chance’ program providing a mix of academics, vocational training, leadership development, community service, and other activities to high school dropouts facing an array of challenges to educational and employment success” (p.ES-1). The implementation evaluation pays particular attention to the sites’ fidelity to the YouthBuild model, services and organizational characteristics, and local context, and considers factors affecting implementation and implications for the impact study. In addition, the study examines demographic characteristics of both YouthBuild participants and those youth who were not selected for the program. It also provides information about similar services available in each community. The report will be followed by the results of the impact study in two additional reports, to be released in 2017 and 2018.

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