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Youth Corps: Promising strategies for young people and their communities (Jastrzab et al. 1997)

  • Findings

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    Evidence Rating

    Not Rated


Jastrzab, J., Blomquist, J., Masker, J., & Orr, L. (1997). Youth Corps: Promising strategies for young people and their communities. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates Inc.


  • This report provides a high-level summary of a study on Youth Corps programs, which have engaged disadvantaged youth in community service projects since 1933. An in-depth impact analysis is contained in Jastrzab et al. 1996. The study’s objective was to gain insight into participants’ contributions and experiences; analyze program impacts on educational, employment, and behavioral outcomes; and assess the costs and benefits of the programs.
  • The authors analyzed data on initiatives sponsored by the Commission on National and Community Service in 1993 and 1994, and during that time also collected data directly from Youth Corps programs for the impact analysis and cost-benefit assessment. In addition, the authors talked with several program staff and participants.
  • The study found that although program completion rates were low, most participants felt the program was helpful and sponsors and beneficiaries were generally satisfied with youths’ performance.
  • The program had a significant impact on the employment and earnings of corps members. The analysis of program costs and benefits showed aggregate benefits to society.

Intervention Examined

Youth Corps Programs

Reviewed by CLEAR

March 2014