Employment Training for At-risk Youth: A Program Evaluation Focusing on Changes in Psychological Well-being
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The purpose of this study was to present and evaluate an employment training program specifically designed to help at-risk youth find work. Fifty-nine at-risk youth living in a small urban area participated in a 7-month program designed to help youth develop employment skills and improve their psychological well-being. Results of this pre- and post-test study showed significant improvement among participants on measures of psychological well-being by program’s end. These results are discussed in terms of the need for employment training programs to be more holistic by working with youth to improve their psychological health, and thus helping them to overcome a barrier to employment.
KeywordsAt-risk youth Employment Program evaluation Psychological well-being
The Future Cents program was funded in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada and the Ministry of Children and Family Development of British Columbia.
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