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Unterman, Rebecca; Bloom, Dan; Byndloss, D. Crystal; Terwelp, Emily – MDRC, 2016
The prospect of a well-paying job for a worker without a college education has significantly dimmed in the past three decades, in the wake of sweeping changes in the U.S. economy and labor market. The effects of these changes are particularly devastating for young people from disadvantaged urban communities. In response to this issue, the SEED…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Disproportionate Representation
Wimer, Christopher; Bloom, Dan – MDRC, 2014
Despite progress on many fronts, young men of color still face many obstacles to success in American society and suffer disproportionately from economic and social disadvantage. In recent years, foundations and state and local governments have launched major initiatives to address this pressing issue. For example, in 2011, the City of New York…
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Males, Barriers, Social Bias
Millenky, Megan; Bloom, Dan; Muller-Ravett, Sara; Broadus, Joseph – MDRC, 2011
High school dropouts face an uphill battle in a labor market that increasingly rewards skills and postsecondary credentials: they are more likely than their peers to need public assistance, be arrested or incarcerated, and less likely to marry. This report presents results from a rigorous evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program,…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Youth Programs, Armed Forces, Dropouts
Millenky, Megan; Bloom, Dan; Muller-Ravett, Sara; Broadus, Joseph – MDRC, 2011
High school dropouts face an uphill battle in a labor market that increasingly rewards skills and postsecondary credentials: they are more likely than their peers to need public assistance, be arrested or incarcerated, and less likely to marry. This executive summary summarizes results from a rigorous evaluation of the National Guard Youth…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Youth Programs, Armed Forces, Dropouts
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Bloom, Dan – Future of Children, 2010
Dan Bloom of MDRC examines policies and programs designed to help high school dropouts improve their educational attainment and labor market outcomes. So called "second-chance" programs, he says, have long provided some combination of education, training, employment, counseling, and social services. But the research record on their effectiveness…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Labor Market, Job Training, Young Adults
Bloom, Dan; Thompson, Saskia Levy; Ivry, Rob – MDRC, 2010
In December 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave MDRC a grant to conduct reconnaissance on promising strategies to reengage disconnected young people and improve their long-term outcomes. The primary objective of the grant was to identify key leverage points for future investment by government and foundations. MDRC consulted with…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Youth Programs, Young Adults, Best Practices
Bloom, Dan; Gardenhire-Crooks, Alissa; Mandsager, Conrad – MDRC, 2009
The ChalleNGe model grew out of a project by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the late 1980s and early 1990s that sought to develop new approaches for out-of-school youth. The project's final report concluded that aspects of the military structure could be beneficial for disadvantaged youth. The report also concluded that the…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High Schools, Youth Programs, Residential Programs
Bloom, Dan; Gardenhire-Crooks, Alissa; Mandsager, Conrad – MDRC, 2009
High school dropouts face daunting odds of success in a labor market that increasingly rewards education and skills. This report presents very early results from a rigorous, independent evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, an intensive residential program that aims to "reclaim the lives" of young people ages 16 to 18…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High Schools, Youth Programs, Residential Programs