Denver WIOA Out-of-School Youth Services: Using Evidence-Informed Practices to Advance Youth Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being

Denver WIOA Out-of-School Youth Services: Using Evidence-Informed Practices to Advance Youth Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being

Published: Dec 05, 2017
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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Associated Project

Learning, Evaluation, and TANF: Workforce Program Redesign Technical Assistance for Denver County

Time frame: 2016-2017

Prepared for:

Denver Office of Economic Development

Key Findings

Key Findings:

  • Denver’s WIOA-funded services mostly or fully incorporate key features of evidence-informed interventions.
  • Services are more comprehensive than simply placing out-of-school youth into jobs.
  • Establishing trusting relationships lays a foundation for successful engagement.

Mathematica examined services offered through a partnership between the Office of Economic Development and Denver Public Schools to provide career and educational support to out-of-school youth. We also assessed the extent to which services incorporated features of evidence-informed interventions. Supported with funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the partnership provides Denver youth, parents, and families with wraparound services designed to support them in meeting their employment, education, and personal aspirations.

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