ERIC Number: ED413404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Positive Force: The First Two Years of Youth Fair Chance.
Corson, Walter; Dynarski, Mark; Haimson, Joshua; Rosenberg, Linda
In 1992 legislation enabled the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a program of Youth Fair Chance grants to provide comprehensive services to youth in selected urban and rural high poverty areas. The legislation also asked to an independent evaluation of the 16 urban and rural programs these grants funded, and this evaluation was undertaken by Mathematica Policy Research. Evaluation findings related to two of five items of Congressional interest are included in this report: (1) the extent to which participating communities fulfilled the goal of guaranteed access to appropriate education, training, and support services for all eligible youth in target areas who seek to participate; and (2) the effectiveness of efforts to integrate service delivery in target areas, including systems of common intake, assessment, and case management. The evaluation found that programs generally met the goal of guaranteed access to services. Programs were able to provide all youths who came in with education, employment, training, and support services within the limits of local service contexts. Programs were also able to integrate service delivery through case management and collaborative structures, although they usually did not create new service delivery systems. Case managers did not have the ability to determine eligibility for employment training, health, or income support programs. Overall, the program has a positive start, and demonstrated the potential to mobilize community efforts to serve youth. Two appendixes describe the characteristics of YFC centers and present program profiles. (Contains four tables, three figures, and two references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Education Work Relationship, Federal Aid, High Schools, Job Training, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Youth, Urban Youth, Youth Programs
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393 (publication PR96-52, $14 plus $2.50 postage and handling). For related document, see UD 031 997.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Plainsboro, NJ.