An Evaluation of the Chelsea Collaborative Summer Youth Employment Initiative

Publication Year:
2015

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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/iqp-all/255; https://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1254&context=iqp-all
Author(s):
Grammenos, Alexander Nicholas; Gao, Gordon; Coelho, Isaac
Publisher(s):
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Tags:
Civil and Environmental Engineering; Interdisciplinary Programs
artifact description
Chelsea, Massachusetts suffers from a high level of poverty and violence among young people. 23.3% of the Chelsea population lives below the poverty level compared to 9.3% for the state. Our sponsor, the Chelsea Collaborative, has created the Summer Youth Employment Initiative (SYEI) to mitigate factors that make youth at-risk through youth employment and enrichment activities. After gathering feedback from program participants, Chelsea Collaborative staff members, and worksite supervisors, we defined important aspects of their youth employment program and assessed Chelsea Collaborative’s program accordingly. After analyzing the information we gathered, we provided the Chelsea Collaborative with a set of recommendations that can be used to improve their program.