Implementation of Career STREAMS: An Integrated Employment and Healthy Relationship Program for Young Adults

Implementation of Career STREAMS: An Integrated Employment and Healthy Relationship Program for Young Adults

OPRE Report 2020-80
Published: Jul 30, 2020
Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation

Time frame: 2015-2022

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

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Key Findings
  • By targeting job seekers, FWCA could recruit individuals in need of both employment services and HMRE programming.
  • Participants found the HMRE content relevant for a wide range of family, workplace, and romantic relationships.
  • Career STREAMS’ young adult participants needed substantial support to complete the two-week workshop.
  • The timing of the booster sessions yielded low participation in that portion of the program.
This process study report, part of the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation, presents findings on the development and implementation of Career STREAMS, an integrated HMRE and employment program designed to serve young adult individuals, ages 18 to 30, in St. Louis Missouri. Career STREAMS includes three primary components: (1) a two-week full-time workshop that integrates the Within My Reach curriculum with content from a Department of Labor funded job and career advancement (JCA) program; (2) individualized case management and job development; and (3) a series of five weekly booster sessions after the end of two-week workshop. To maximize its contributions to the evidence base and to inform future program and evaluation design, the STREAMS evaluation is investigating the effectiveness of Career STREAMS.

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