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In Spring 2018 the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) selected the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (United Way) to lead Launch, a network of community-based providers in five Boston-area communities that would collaborate to create a coordinated system of providing outreach, connection and referrals, as well as education, training, and job placements to opportunity youth ages 18-24 living in subsidized housing in Greater Boston.
The goal of Launch is: To disrupt intergenerational poverty by increasing awareness among 18-24-year-olds living in state subsidized housing of available education and career pathways, and improving their access to opportunities for upward economic mobility through a coordinated network of service providers.
The Forum for Youth Investment was engaged to conduct a one-year process evaluation to better understand implementation, and then to continue conducting evaluation to feed continuous improvement efforts and to better understand success.
Evaluation results confirmed that Launch is a promising approach to connecting 18–24-year-olds living in subsidized housing to college and career pathways and it merits further investments to better understand implementation and impact in the Boston area. This report discusses those results.