Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
- This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Strives to change the trajectories of at-risk youth, providing a year of programming that includes work readiness training, a paid internship, and mentoring
- Generally targets "middle-of-the road" high school seniors with a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0
- Offers ongoing support after school graduation, including coaching, alumni events, and additional internship opportunities
Job placement services and supportsSchool attendance, persistence, and alternative paths to graduationSchool climate and student behavior
- Target Population
High school-aged children
- Cost per Participant
Approximately $15,000 per participant
Evidence and impacts
Urban Alliance is not in any of the major clearinghouses, but demonstrated positive results in a randomized controlled trial completed by the Urban Institute in 2017
- Increased probability of graduating from high school and attending college by 12 percentage points for males
- Increased probability of attending 4-year college by 9 percentage points two years after high school graduation for students with middle-range GPAs
Best practices in implementation
- The scale of the program is most limited by the number of internships local employers are willing to support. Having a few large employers serve as vocal champions of the program can encourage other businesses across the region to bring on interns of their own.
- Public and civic sector champions are critical conveners for the sorts of partnerships Urban Alliance relies on. Mayors, County Executives, and legislators can help bring school leadership, local non-profits, and local employers to the table and enable greater success for the program.
- Support from school leadership is critical for recruiting students, managing the logistics of getting students to their internships, and bringing work readiness programming to non-seniors.
- Meticulous data collection and a commitment to independent evaluation have helped the program attract significant funding from the public sector and philanthropy.