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Ensuring that our nation's young people, particularly those at risk, complete high school and make the transition to productive careers is an important policy concern. We produced evidence on the effectiveness of alternative programs such as Job Corps, which saturates youth with education, training, and other services in a residential setting, and the Quantum Opportunity Program, an intensive intervention targeted toward youth with low grades in schools with high dropout rates. Other studies have examined ways to improve services for youth involved with the criminal justice system and efforts to link at-risk students with educational, mentoring, career, cultural, and financial supports, as well as postsecondary training. We are currently evaluating the summer youth employment programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Youth CareerConnect Evaluation
The Youth CareerConnect program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth.
Learning, Evaluation, and TANF: Workforce Program Redesign Technical Assistance for Denver County
Mathematica is providing technical assistance to the Denver Office of Economic Development for their TANF and workforce program redesign to help support implementation and to ensure sustainability of system changes to better serve families in Denver County.
Jillian Berk's research focuses on employment and training programs for economically vulnerable populations, including dislocated workers, older workers, workers with disabilities, and juvenile offenders.Featured Projects
- Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
- Trade Adjustment Assistance Evaluation (TAA)
- Implementing the Virginia RETHINKS Health Sciences Education TAACCCT Grant
- BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Process Study Report
- Youth Employment
- Human Services