Reinvesting in America's Youth: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative

Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Feb 26, 2010
Jeanne Bellotti, Linda Rosenberg, Samina Sattar, Andrea Mraz Esposito, and Jessica Ziegler
This report examines implementation of the 2009 summer youth employment initiative, which placed more than 314,000 youth in summer jobs. As part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states received $1.2 billion to fund employment and training targeted to disadvantaged youth, a group particularly hard hit by the recession. The report also details the national context for implementation, describes the experiences of 20 selected local areas, and presents lessons for future summer youth employment efforts.