Program Areas | Youth Development

Teen ACTION (Achieving Change Together in Our Neighborhood): Evaluation

Teen ACTION is a service-learning afterschool program, sponsored by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and managed by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. The program's goals are to reduce risk behaviors—especially teen pregnancy—and promote positive youth development and community engagement. The program began in the fall of 2007 and serves approximately 3,500 middle- and high-school youth from predominantly high-poverty neighborhoods throughout the city. The evaluation team at Metis Associates, together with colleagues at Westat, has developed a rigorous quasi-experimental evaluation design study to assess the effectiveness of the Teen ACTION program for high school students. This evaluation will look at a number of dimensions, such as whether participants show an increase in knowledge of sexual health issues, reduce high-risk behaviors, improve school attendance, and become more engaged in the community. Teen ACTION participants will be compared to those participating in other after-school programs as well as to youth who do not participate in an afterschool program. It is anticipated that the evaluation will address important program and policy issues.