Reinvesting in America's Youth: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative

Reinvesting in America's Youth: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative

Published: Feb 26, 2010
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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Summer Youth Employment Initiative Under the Recovery Act

Time frame: 2009-2011

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Authors

Andrea Mraz Esposito

Jessica Ziegler

This report examines implementation of the 2009 summer youth employment initiative, which placed more than 314,000 youth in summer jobs. As part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), states received $1.2 billion to fund employment and training targeted to disadvantaged youth, a group particularly hard hit by the recession. The report also details the national context for implementation, describes the experiences of 20 selected local areas, and presents lessons for future summer youth employment efforts.

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