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Learn & Earn Program Evaluation 2016

Publish Date: March 8, 2017

This report provides an analysis of data from the 2016 Learn & Earn summer program. Data were collected by the research team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education in partnership with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) and with Learn & Earn providers and employers. 


  • Overall, youth and adult participants were satisfied with their experience in Learn and Earn. These results were comparable to findings from 2015.
  • An online application was introduced in 2016. Youth benefited by using application support centers to help them complete their application.
  • Youth and adults indicated that they were more satisfied with the work readiness training hosted by providers this year than the common core curriculum used in 2015.
  • Youth reported strong relationships with adults from provider organizations and work sites which contributed greatly to their overall satisfaction with the job and youth’s affective commitment.
  • A large portion of adults (42%) indicated that they believed the most important thing that happened to youth this summer was learning job skills including: learning new skills, project development, and having exciting experiences.

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