Summer Engagement for At-Risk Youth: Preliminary Outcomes from the New York State Workforce Development Study

Abstract

The goal of engaging high-risk youth in pro-social activities is to reduce involvement in the criminal justice system and create experiences that increase the youth’s chance of success in education and employment in the future. However, the literature does not support this assumption. The current study looks at the Summer Youth Engagement Program in New York State (NYSYEP). NYSYEP attempts to engage youth in a variety of pro-social activities including employment; education programs; organized recreation programs; and, volunteer work or community service. The hypothesis for the study was that youth who were engaged in pro-social activities would be more likely to be rearrested than youth who were not engaged. The number of hours of youth engagement was found to reduce the odds of being rearrested, but by only 2 %.

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Acknowledgments

The author’s would like to thank Jeffery Evans, Director of Information Technology for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth and Gagan Singh, Master in Computer Science. Without their help, support, expertise, and guidance this project would not have been possible.

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Naccarato, T., Brophy, M. & LaClair, K. Summer Engagement for At-Risk Youth: Preliminary Outcomes from the New York State Workforce Development Study. Child Adolesc Soc Work J 30, 519–533 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-013-0302-8

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Keywords

  • Summer youth employment
  • Youth engagement
  • Youth workforce development
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Tobit and logistic regression models