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
Issue Focus

This grant program funds semester-long paid internships for college juniors and seniors with financial needs. These part-time opportunities, typically with hourly wages of $10-$14, are intended to provide meaningful experiences connected to students’ career interests. Despite some difficulties, many students had highly positive impressions of the program overall.

Brief

New Approaches to Serving the Lowest-Skilled Students at Community Colleges in Texas and Beyond

Faced with many applicants with very low math skills, community colleges are responding with a variety of reforms, including restricting developmental courses to students with high-school-level skills. This brief provides context for the policy changes and describes the alternatives two colleges offer to those who don’t make the cut.

Infographic

Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment (EASE) aims to increase summer enrollment rates among low-income community college students using insights from behavioral science. This infographic describes some of the benefits of summer enrollment, reasons why students may not enroll in summer, and interventions the EASE team designed to address low enrollment rates.