In 2011 – 2012, I studied two leading community-based programs for youth who have dropped out of high school—observing activities, interviewing staff, and tracking participants for one year. I focused on programs at the community level because, although they receive little attention, these programs are where most young adults are served.
How do local, community-based programs for dropouts work? Do they make a difference for their participants? Programs developed and managed locally serve large numbers of youth, and their innovations are often the foundation for major national initiatives, including YouthBuild, STRIVE, and others. Yet most research in this area has focused on multi-site, national initiatives. While […]