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Forging a path: Final impacts and costs of New York City’s Young Adult Internship Program

Individual Author: 
Cummings, Danielle
Farrell, Mary
Skemer, Melanie

This report presents 30-month impact results from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP), a subsidized employment program for young people in New York City who have become disconnected from school and work. Operated by various provider agencies, YAIP offers disconnected young people between the ages of 16 and 24 a temporary paid internship, as well as various support services.

Parents and Children Together: Evaluating responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs

Individual Author: 
Avellar, Sarah
Moore, Quinn
Patnaik, Ankita
Covington, Reginald
Wu, April

Presented at the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency, these slides summarize impact findings from Mathematica’s evaluation of six Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs. Released under the Parents and Children Together project, this work is part of a growing body of evidence designed to better understand what works in creating healthier families. (Author abstract)

The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Profiles of the random assignment projects

Individual Author: 
Martinez, John
Manno, Michelle S.
Baird, Peter
Fraker, Thomas
Honeycutt, Todd
Mamun, Arif
O'Day, Bonnie
Rangarajan, Anu

The transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, particularly youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other disability program benefits, can be especially challenging. In addition to the host of issues facing all transition-age youth, young people with disabilities face special issues related to health, social isolation, service needs, and lack of access to supports. These challenges complicate their planning for future education and work, and often lead to poor educational and employment outcomes, high risk of dependency, and a lifetime of poverty.

Implementation lessons from the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration

Individual Author: 
Martinez, John
Fraker, Thomas
Manno, Michelle S.
Baird, Peter
Mamun, Arif
O'Day, Bonnie
Rangarajan, Anu
Wittenburg, David

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is conducting the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) as part of a broader initiative to encourage disability beneficiaries to return to work. The demonstration provides youth ages 14 through 25 with employment-related services and waivers of certain rules governing the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs, including childhood disability benefits. The waivers augment existing financial incentives for beneficiaries to work.

Encouraging evidence on a sector-focused advancement strategy: A preview summary of two-year impacts from the WorkAdvance demonstration

Individual Author: 
Hendra, Richard
Greenberg, David H.
Hamilton, Gayle
Oppenheim, Ari
Pennington, Alexandra
Schaberg, Kelsey
Tessler, Betsy L.

This report summarizes the two-year findings of a rigorous random assignment evaluation of the WorkAdvance model, a sectoral training and advancement initiative. Launched in 2011, WorkAdvance goes beyond the previous generation of employment programs by introducing demand-driven skills training and a focus on jobs that have career pathways. The model is heavily influenced by the positive findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study (SEIS) completed in 2010.

Bridging the opportunity divide for low-income youth: Implementation and early impacts of the Year Up program

Individual Author: 
Fein, David
Hamadyk, Jill

This report assesses the implementation and early impacts of Year Up, a national sectoral training program for young adults aged 18-24. Year Up aims to help low-income, low-skilled adults access and complete training leading to employment in high-demand, well-paying occupations.

The social and economic effects of wage violations: Estimates for California and New York

Individual Author: 
Eastern Research Group, Inc.

This report summarizes the results of Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG)'s project to estimate the social and economic effects of minimum wage violations in California and New York. This project represented an exploratory effort to determine the appropriate approach and data to use to estimate the impacts of state and federal minimum wage and overtime pay violations; however, data limitations related to overtime pay violations required us to focus only on minimum wage violations.

Investigating prisoner reentry: The impact of conviction status on the employment prospects of young men

Individual Author: 
Pager, Devah
Western, Bruce

The study found a strong reluctance among employers to hire applicants with criminal records, especially Black ex-offenders; however, employment prospects improved significantly for applicants who had an opportunity to interact with the hiring manager, particularly when these interactions elicited sympathetic responses from the manager. Although individual characteristics of employers were significant for outcomes, researchers concluded that the personal interaction between the applicant and prospective employer was in itself a key factor in a successful hiring.

Parents and Children Together: Effects of two healthy marriage programs for low-income couples

Individual Author: 
Moore, Quinn
Avellar, Sarah
Patnaik, Ankita
Covington, Reginald
Wu, April

Growing up with two parents in a stable, low-conflict family can improve children’s lives in a broad range of areas. However, the economic and other challenges faced by low-income families can make it hard for these families to achieve a stable, low-conflict family environment. Recognizing this challenge, as well as the potential benefits of healthy marriages and relationships for low-income families, the federal government has funded programming to encourage healthy marriage and relationships for many years.

Employer engagement by community-based organizations: Meeting the needs of job seekers with barriers to success in the labor market

Individual Author: 
Spaulding, Shayne
Blount, David

Employers need skilled workers to fill open jobs. Yet some workers face barriers to employment, even as the national unemployment rate dips to its lowest level in nearly two decades. These workers might face such challenges as a lack of skills, gaps in employment, or previous involvement in the criminal justice system.