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The Work Progress Program (WPP) was launched in 2012 as a partnership between the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity). These organizations recognized an opportunity to supplement the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) with young people ages 16 to 24 by funding an add-on subsidized job component to their existing youth programming. Our report describes both the broader picture of the benefits and challenges of WPP for participating CBOs, as well as the outcomes for program participants from a sample of sites during 2012-2019. For more insights, read the full report here. 

Community Initiatives

Play Everywhere Challenge (PEC)
Funder: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Target 
Project Time Period: 2016-2018

Project Category: Health/Play/Public Spaces/Community Revitalization/City-Wide Play Efforts/Formative Evaluation/Summative Evaluation

About PEC: With funding support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Target, KaBOOM! administered The Play Everywhere Challenge, a national competition that granted $1 million to 50 organizations across the country to create innovative play spaces for kids and families and increase playability of their communities.   

The Work: MAI conducted a formative and outcomes evaluation of The Play Everywhere Challenge to identify lessons learned that would help inform future strategies of the Challenge, and similar grant competitions, and to assess accomplishments and challenges of the Play Everywhere Challenge grantees. MAI implemented a multi-pronged data collection strategy which included intercept surveys with play space users, grantee surveys, Blue Ribbon panel surveys, document review, and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders.  

What We Learned: Download "The Play Everywhere Challenge Final Report" to learn about the Challenge’s short-term outcomes and how communities experienced the play spaces through the Challenge.