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ERIC Number: ED503188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Enriching Summer Work: An Evaluation of the Summer Career Exploration Program
McClanahan, Wendy S.; Sipe, Cynthia L.; Smith, Thomas J.
Public/Private Ventures
To determine the impact of the Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP), a privately funded summer jobs program for low-income teens, P/PV examined the lives of over 1700 applicants. These youth were randomly assigned to participate or to not participate in SCEP in the summer of 1999, and their outcomes were compared at four and twelve months after program application. Researchers found that implementation was strong, but program impacts were less impressive. While SCEP's participants got summer jobs at a substantially higher rate (92%) than the control group (62%), the program's ability to translate this large and immediate summer employment impact into intermediate gains (in terms of future plans, college enrollment, work success, sense of self-efficacy or reduced criminal activity) proved to be negligible. Although impacts were short lived, the report concludes that SCEP and similar programs have an important place in the larger mosaic of supports, programs and opportunities for young people. Three appendixes are included: (1) Overview of Agencies Implementing SCEP; (2) Funders of 1198 and/or 1999 Summer Career Exploration Program; and (3) Study Methods. (Contains 12 endnotes and 13 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William Penn Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; Pennsylvania