Summer Youth Employment
Summer jobs are a quintessential mark of adolescence to many Americans. Employment during the summer benefits teenagers financially, helps them navigate potential career interests, and allows them to apply classroom knowledge in the workplace.
Many major cities provide summer youth employment programs as a way to raise academic achievement and reduce crime rates among adolescents. Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT), Detroit’s own summer youth employment program, has been serving the city’s young residents from the age of 14-24 for the past seven years.
The Youth Policy Lab is exploring a partnership with the organizations that administer Detroit's summer youth employment programs, with the goal of studying how the work opportunities influence youth outcomes.
Child Welfare and Educational Outcomes
The Youth Policy Lab, together with the Child and Adolescent Data Lab, is working to help shed light on the extent to which adverse events in early life, such as experiences within the foster care or juvenile justice systems, are correlated with academic outcomes and achievement. We seek to better understand factors that place students at risk of academic difficulty and help to determine which settings/practices can best serve an important subpopulation of children.
This project, conducted in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, Center for Educational Performance and Information and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, will help to improve the education and life outcomes of students in Michigan.