Reinvesting in America’s Youth:
Media Advisory: March 19, 2010
Issue: As part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states received $1.2 billion in funding for the workforce investment system to provide employment and training targeted to disadvantaged youth, a group particularly hard hit by the recent recession.
A new report from Mathematica Policy Research examines the implementation of the 2009 summer youth employment initiative funded by ARRA. It describes the national context for implementation, provides an in-depth description of the experiences of 20 selected local areas, and presents lessons that may inform future summer youth employment efforts.
Quote: “It took tremendous effort to get this large program up and running so quickly. Implementation was not without its challenges, but local areas were able to place nearly 314,000 youth in jobs during the summer of 2009 and drew down more than $717 million of the $1.2 billion in ARRA funds for WIA youth services by November,” says Mathematica senior researcher Jeanne Bellotti, lead author. “This report highlights important implementation lessons and provides concrete suggestions to build on the successes of 2009.”
Report: Reinvesting in America’s Youth: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative, Jeanne Bellotti, Linda Rosenberg, Samina Sattar, Andrea Mraz Esposito, and Jessica Ziegler, February 2010.