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Life After Youth Media: Insights about Program Influence into Adulthood

by Amy Terpstra; Suniya Farooqui

Apr 29, 2014
* Do the skills, attitudes, and behaviors imparted in youth programs "stick" into adulthood?
* If they do, how do they manifest in career, education, and life decisions?
* How do the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that youth programs try to impart differ based on program intensity or levels of engagement?
* Do these elements look different for people who went through youth media programs versus people who went through other types of youth programs?

These are common questions that youth program providers, funders, public officials, and other leading thinkers regularly wrestle with. This report tells the story of a group in Chicago committed to providing quality youth media programming in the city and how, through a collective evaluation, they were able to begin to answer these critical questions.