What are the benefits of summer youth employment programs? Professor Modestino answers

By School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Mayors in many cities throughout the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., have looked to summer youth employment programs (SYEP) as a potential way to address the decline in teen employment as well as concerns regarding youth violence prevention.

Northeastern labor economist Alicia Sasser Modestino is leading a multi-year study with the Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development to shed light on what works for summer jobs programs, as well as what works for whom, under what conditions, and why. Through this researcher-practitioner partnership, they launched a formal evaluation of the Boston SYEP program during the summer of 2015.

 

 

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