- Key findings
Evaluates outcomes for teens in Chicago's After School Matters apprenticeship-like program, finding statistically significant benefits on some measures of youth development and reduced problem behaviors but not in job skills or school performance.
Successful Strategy: There were statistically significant differences favoring After School Matters for positive youth development (higher self-regulation) and problem behaviors (youth in treatment group reported fewer problem behaviors on a 10-item index), but effect sizes were small. Tweet
Observation: There were no significant differences between the groups for marketable job skills or academic success. Tweet
Observation: ASM program recommendations include: engaging youth more fully, providing training and supervision for instructors in building a curriculum that deepens over the semesters, learning from ASM's own best practices, and focusing more on transferable skills (both job skills and positive youth development). Tweet