The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Interim Report on Broadened Horizons, Brighter Futures

The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Interim Report on Broadened Horizons, Brighter Futures

Published: Dec 03, 2012
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
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Youth Transition Demonstration: Helping Youth with Disabilities Become Employed

Time frame: 2005-2014

Prepared for:

Social Security Administration

Authors

Arif Mamun

Michelle Manno

John Martinez

Bonnie O'Day

Debbie Reed

Allison Thompkins

In this report, we present first-year evaluation findings for Broadened Horizons, Brighter Futures (BHBF), which served youth ages 16 through 22 in Miami-Dade County, Florida, who were Social Security disability beneficiaries. While it will take several more years before we fully observe the transitions that the participants in this study make to adult life, early data from the evaluation provide rich information on how BHBF operated and the differences it made in key outcomes for youth. Specifically, the report includes findings from our process analysis of BHBF, including a description of the program model, and documentation of how the project was implemented and services were delivered. The report also includes impact findings, based on data collected 12 months after youth entered the evaluation, on the use of services, paid employment, educational progress, income from earnings and benefits, and attitudes and expectations.

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