ERIC Number: ED253661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Youth Work.
Little, Milton J., Jr.; Tumolillo, Alan
The cost benefits of a model work training program for at-risk youth in New York City were analyzed. Starting with an individual assessment of each client's needs, the INTERFACE youth employment training program included these components: work experience in public service projects, literacy education/equivalency diploma preparation, classroom preemployment and occupational skills training, support services, and certification. Predictions were that a one-year program would cost $11,616 per completer or $10,745,235 for a cycle for 1,000 youths. Returns to the city would be saved welfare benefits, taxes paid by an employed trainee, and the value of participant output. The best estimate was that for its investment of approximately $10.7 million, the city would realize a total return of $12,952,126 in 10 years--a "profit" of more than $2 million, or 21 percent. The cost-benefit methodology was tested against a working example--the Women's Ventures in Community Improvement (VICI) program. Findings indicated the VICI program has an even higher output than that estimated for the youth program. Each dollar of program costs resulted in $1.34 worth of total benefits to the participants and to society. (A description of the design of the youth employment training program is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Interface Development Project, Inc., NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Funded by the Florence V. Burden Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Charles Revson Foundation, the Sherman Foundation, and the Taconic Foundation.