Job Corps Works

A federal evaluation of various interventions for disconnected young Americans found that Job Corps had the most signifi cant impact on participants’ educational achievement and earnings. 1 This is because Job Corps comprehensively addresses all the barriers these youth may face, including cognitive or physical disabilities, language barriers, parenthood, homelessness, and/or aging out of the foster care system. In just 10 months on average, Job Corps is able to help these young Americans completely turn their lives around.

AVERAGE JOB CORPS

APPLICANT

  • Has dropped out of high school
  • Reads slightly below the 8th grade level
  • Is unemployed
  • Is economically disadvantaged or comes from a family that receives public assistance
AVERAGE JOB CORPS

GRADUATE

  • Has earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Has improved his/her literacy by more than two grade levels in less than a year
  • Is employed, serving in the military, or enrolled in higher education
  • Embarks upon a career that will lead him/her into the middle class

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

87.2 PERCENT of Job Corps graduates are employed, enlisted in the military, or enrolled in higher education within 6 months of graduation from Job Corps!

 

1 Mitchell, Maxine V., Davis Jenkins, Dao Nguyn, Alona Lerman, Marian DeBerry. Evaluation of the YouthBuild Program. U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. August 2003.