Provides implementation findings and presents one-year impacts on employment from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program, which aims to improve the employment and educational outcomes of youth who are not in school or work through a paid internship and supportive services.

“This report presents implementation and early impact results from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP), a subsidized employment program for young people in New York City who have become disconnected from school and work. Operated by various provider agencies, YAIP offers disconnected youth between the ages of 16 and 24 a temporary paid internship, as well as…support services.

The YAIP evaluation is part of the larger Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration.…From July 2013 to March 2014, researchers assigned nearly 2,700 young people at random to either a program group, which was offered YAIP services, or to a control group, which was not.…The YAIP evaluation will measure outcomes for both groups over time to assess whether YAIP services led to better outcomes for the program group compared with those of the control group.

This report is the first of two focused on the YAIP evaluation. It provides a detailed description of the YAIP model, assesses its implementation, and examines whether the program improved young people’s outcomes during the first year after study enrollment” (p.iii). “Benefit-cost findings and longer-term impact findings (after 30 months) will be presented in a future report.…The study will evaluate impacts on employment and earnings, education and training, and well-being, among other areas. Data sources for the impact study include administrative records on wages and postsecondary enrollment, subsidized employment payroll records, and surveys” (p.iv). “[Data] sources for the implementation study include staff interviews, observations, and participation data” (p.iv).

“This study seeks to answer the following research questions:

· How was YAIP designed and operated?

· What impact did YAIP have on employment and earnings, education and training, and well-being relative to what would have happened in the absence of the program? Did YAIP appear to be more effective for certain subgroups of young people?

· To what extent do YAIP’s costs differ from those expended on behalf of individuals randomly assigned to a control group that could not receive YAIP program services? How does this cost differential relate to the benefits associated with program impacts, if any?” (p.iii).

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Full publication title: Reengaging New York City’s Disconnected Youth Through Work: Implementation and Early Impacts of the Young Adult Internship Program