Workforce Development

Work Progress Program (WPP)
Funder: NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity 
Project Time Period: 2016-Present

Project Category: Youth Development/Workforce Development/Summative Evaluation

About WPP: The Work Progress Program (WPP) is a program of the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity). WPP delivers short-term, part-time jobs as well as wrap-around services to low-income youth, many of whom are out-of-school and unemployed, that participate in programs offered by youth-serving community-based organizations in NYC.

The Work: MAI is conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of the Work Progress Program (WPP) for HRA and NYC Opportunity. The two central components of this evaluation are the quantitative study which focuses on several key outcomes for young adults who participate in WPP: program completion, employment, and educational achievement. The qualitative study examines how WPP is being implemented by the WPP providers and the benefits and challenges of implementing WPP. Employment records are being collected by the evaluation team on WPP participants and a comparison group.