Illinois

Report

Interim Results of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Evaluation

May, 2010
Megan Millenky, Dan Bloom, Colleen Dillon

Interim results from a random assignment evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, an intensive, residential program for high school dropouts, show that young people who had access to ChalleNGe were much more likely than those in the control group to have obtained a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate. They were also somewhat more likely to be working, in college, or enlisted in the military.

Brief

Helping Low-Income and First-Generation Students Make Good College Choices

April, 2012
Jay Sherwin

Too many low-income, college-ready students are “undermatching” — enrolling in colleges for which they are academically overqualified or not going to college at all. Early results from the College Match Program in three Chicago high schools suggest that it’s possible to help students navigate the complicated college application process and make more informed decisions.

Brief

How Welfare and Work Policies Influence Parents' Decisions

August, 2002
Lisa Gennetian, Aletha Huston, Danielle Crosby, Young Eun Chang, Edward D. Lowe, Thomas S. Weisner

Congressional deliberations on the future of welfare reform have reopened a debate about whether current child care assistance programs adequately support employment among low-income working parents while also fostering their children's development. Issues at the forefront of this debate are explored in this timely new policy brief.

Report

Final Report on a Program for School Dropouts

October, 1993
George Cave, Johannes Bos, Fred Doolittle, Cyril Toussaint

This report, which completes the JOBSTART Demonstration, addresses issues closely linked to the nation’s ongoing debate about how best to improve the employment and earnings prospects of low-skilled, economically disadvantaged young people, who otherwise live outside the economic mainstream.

Brief

Reemployment Strategies in Retention and Advancement Programs for Current and Former Welfare Recipients

June, 2010
Melissa Wavelet, Karin Martinson, Gayle Hamilton

When current and former welfare recipients find jobs, they often lose them quickly and have trouble finding another job. This brief, based on the experiences of 12 programs in the national Employment Retention and Advancement evaluation, offers advice on how to design and implement practices that turn a recent job loss into an opportunity to find a better one.

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