ERIC Number: ED488996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Youth Opportunity Grants: Lessons Can Be Learned from Program, but Labor Needs to Make Data Available. Report to Congressional Requester. GAO-06-53
Bellis, David D.
Government Accountability Office
The Youth Opportunity Grant program (YO) represented an innovative approach to improving education and employment opportunities for at-risk youth by targeting resources in high poverty areas and incorporating strategies that experts have identified as effective for serving this population. The Department of Labor (the Department) awarded 36 grants in 2000, and the program continued for 5 years. The Department had used a similar approach on a smaller scale in previous programs, but little information is available on the impact of these other programs. In order to understand what can be learned from the Youth Opportunity Grant program, GAO examined the grantees' implementation of the program, challenges they faced, and what is known about the program?s outcomes and impact. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Labor take the actions necessary to complete the impact analysis of the Youth Opportunity Grant program and release the data and all related research reports from the program's evaluation. In comments on GAO's draft report, the Department agreed with GAO's recommendation to complete the impact analysis and publish all related reports. Appended are: (1) Objectives, Scope, and Methodology; (2) Comments from the Department of Labor; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs, Educational Attainment, Poverty, Grants, Resource Allocation, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.