Information on the Summer Youth Employment Program

HRD-77-121: Published: Jun 27, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1977.

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The objective of the Summer Program for Economically Disadvantaged Youth is to provide work experience to economically disadvantaged youth through jobs during the summer months to enhance their future employability.

The Department of Labor has no information on social benefits which may relate to the summer employment of youth nor on the long-term economic benefits which may result from the program. Labor has not yet been able to make a cost effectiveness evaluation of the summer program. Part of the difficulty in such an evaluation is in isolating summer program participation from other participant activity, such as the youth in-school programs. Previous GAO reports on reviews of the summer youth employment program have identified a number of operational problems, including ineligible participants, lack of information on enrollees in the program, and weaknesses in program monitoring.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Labor should: (1) provide written guidance to prime sponsors on specific items of information to be included on applications used for summer youth employment programs, as well as requiring certification by the head of the applicant's household to the information; and (2) ensure that prime sponsors hire in their title III summer youth programs only persons determined to be eligible, based on adequately completed applications, and maintain appropriate files on all summer program participants.

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