Examines the implementation of a Young Adult Literacy (YAL) program at multiple sites in New York City based on qualitative data.

“In 2008, New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) launched the Young Adult Literacy (YAL) program to improve the academic and work-readiness skills of youth who are not in school, do not have a job, and have very low literacy skills. In fiscal year 2013, eight community based organizations and the city’s three public library systems operated the program at 17 sites, with oversight from the Department of Youth and Community Development. The YAL program targets 16- to 24-year-old young adults who read at the fourth- through eighth grade levels, and serves them until they are academically ready to enter a program that prepares them for a high school equivalency (HSE) certificate. The year-round program offers up to 15 hours of literacy and numeracy instruction each week, along with social support services, life skills and work-readiness training, a paid internship, and some modest incentives. In the summer of 2013, MDRC conducted an implementation study of five YAL sites in order to explore factors that facilitate or challenge successful program implementation. This report presents the findings, which are largely based on an analysis of qualitative data from staff interviews, participant focus groups, and observations of classrooms and internships, as well as a review of program participation data” p. iii

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Full publication title: Improving Outcomes for New York City’s Disconnected Youth: Lessons from the Implementation of the Young Adult Literacy Program