Denver WIOA Out-of-School Youth Services: Using Evidence-Informed Practices to Advance Youth Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being

Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Dec 05, 2017
Annalisa Mastri and Marykate Zukiewicz

Key Findings:

  • Denver’s WIOA-funded services mostly or fully incorporate key features of evidence-informed interventions.
  • Services are more comprehensive than simply placing out-of-school youth into jobs.
  • Establishing trusting relationships lays a foundation for successful engagement.

Mathematica examined services offered through a partnership between the Office of Economic Development and Denver Public Schools to provide career and educational support to out-of-school youth. We also assessed the extent to which services incorporated features of evidence-informed interventions. Supported with funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the partnership provides Denver youth, parents, and families with wraparound services designed to support them in meeting their employment, education, and personal aspirations.