Young Adults

Young adulthood involves a series of high-stakes transitions in education, work, and family arrangements. MDRC develops and evaluates programs to ease these transitions for young people and to assist those facing challenges and setbacks in finding a path to a stable adult life.
Highlights
Report

A Study of the Implementation and Impacts of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program

This report examines the impacts of the nation’s largest summer youth jobs program — New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) — on young people’s education, employment, and earnings. The analysis uses an experimental design based on SYEP’s randomized lottery application system. The report also describes SYEP’s implementation and participants’ experiences.

Brief

Early Findings from a Demonstration in Three Community Colleges

CUNY ASAP has proved exceptionally effective at increasing community college graduation rates. This demonstration tests the viability and effects of programs modeled on ASAP in different types of colleges, including those serving many nontraditional students. Early findings show increases in full-time enrollment, credits earned, and persistence into the second semester.

Infographic

This infographic describes the Improving Contraceptive Options Now (ICON) demonstration, which is assisting primary care health clinics to better serve patients’ family planning needs by offering women a broader range of effective contraceptive options, including long-acting reversible contraception.