At the core of MTW's activities is our Theory of Change, a focused, intentional model to support youth as they grow and progress toward the following goals:
Employment: stability, pay and growth
Education: attainment of HS diploma, GED and/or success in college
Self Efficacy: developing and managing action plans for self-suffciency
MTW uses an advanced evaluation software program called Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) to track the growth of our youth as they experience transformations in these three areas. MTW has maintained promising data regarding youth served over the past 5 years, and we are relentless about deepening our systems with ETO to fully evaluate outcomes. Current data snapshots demonstrate the following:
MTW is in touch with over 70% of youth trained or currently in training
Approximately 82% of past and current youth have obtained or are on track to obtain their GED or diploma; (In comparison 50% of foster youth have earned their GED/diploma.)
Approximately 75% of past youth are currently engaged in either full time work and/or education; (In comparison, research shows that nearly ¾ of former foster youth in MA are either under- or unemployed.
Each day, youth evaluate their performance, professionalism and engagement on each business shift as well as Transitions shift. Staff document all intentional outcome-related conversations with youth in order to measure the support each youth is receiving. Regular assessments record changes in education, employment, status of life essentials, and progress toward goals and self-efficacy.
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