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QuestEscalating Gains: Project QUEST’s Sectoral Strategy Pays Off

Our impact evaluation demonstrated that Project QUEST participants had annual earnings over $28,000, which was more than $5,000 greater than control group members, six years after enrollment.

LISCFirst Steps on the Road to Financial Well-Being

Participants in LISC's Financial Opportunity Centers initiative were more likely to be employed year-round and were taking steps to improve their credit and financial circumstances.

Per ScholasMoving Up the Ladder: Per Scholas Launches Project Scale

Mobility's evaluation of Per Scholas' new training program Project Scale finds that graduates are typically working full-time, making well over $20 an hour. 

Stronger Financial FuturesBuilding Stronger Financial Futures

Our interim evaluation of LISC's Financial Opportunity Centers suggest that low-income individuals can take positive steps to improve their credit histories which could lead to improved credit and financial outcomes in the future.

Building CreditBuilding Credit Where It's Needed

Mobility's brief argues that it is critical for workforce organizations to address participants' credit issues as part of their program stratedies.

Evaluation of Year Up Demonstrates Large Earnings Gains

Mobility's report Sustained Gains indicates that young adults enrolled in Year Up enjoyed three-year earnings $13,000, or 32 percent, more than those of a control group. Year Up students, particularly those who landed jobs in targeted occupations, earned considerably higher wages than their counterparts, which accounted for the bulk of the earnings difference. 

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Subsidized Employment Programs Show Promise

Mobility’s evaluation of five ARRA-funded subsidized employment programs documents substantial employment and earnings gains for participants, particularly the long-term unemployed. Employers also saw benefits to their bottom line and were eager to participate in similar programs in the future.

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White House paper on long-term unemployment highlights Mobility research on subsidized employment.

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Mobility Releases A Promising Start

Mobility's evaluation of Year Up's innovative workforce program for young adults demonstrates that Year Up participants earned nearly $3500, or 30 percent more than members of a control group in their first year in the labor market.  Participants' earnings were driven by higher wages in the targeted sectors of information technology and investment operations.  The findings are among the most promising in the youth employment field in many years.

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Mobility's Work Featured in New York Times story on Year Up

Mobility's evaluation of Year Up was featured in the New York Times columnFixes. 

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New York Times Editorial Features Mobility Study of Subsidized Employment

In a lead editorial The Crisis in Minority Unemployment, the New York Times focused on the promise of subsidized employment as a strategy to help young black men who are out of school and out of work. The editorial focuses on our study of subsidized employment programs in Florida, Wisconsin. Mississippi and California, which showed large earnings gains, particularly for the long-term unemployed.

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Mobility's Work Featured in Federal Report on Job Training

Mobility's evaluations of subsidized employment programs and Year Up were featured in the federal government's report What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence.

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A Song in the Front Yard coverA Song in the Front Yard

This report chronicles the many challenges addressed by nonprofits in the 741 Collaborative as they seek to improve the employment prospects of residents on Chicago's south side. Despite large public funding cuts, the Collaborative members persevered through one of the worst recessions in many years.

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Mark Elliott Presents at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Mobility President Mark Elliott was the featured speaker at an event hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Urban Institute focused on neighborhood employment in a decentralized metropolitan labor market.

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Mobility Releases Report on Immigrants and Economic Opportunity

Sound Investments: Building Immigrants’ Skills to Fuel Economic Growth identifies innovative programs across the country that increase immigrants’ opportunities to move up.

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Report on Strengthening Correctional Education Released

The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) has released a policy brief authored by Mobility staff that makes recommendations for improving correctional education policies and programs.

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