This issue brief details IMPAQ’s evaluation of the Young Potential Development (YPD) program implemented by YPDE. This education program is designed to foster a dynamic learning environment and improve youth’s self-efficacy, empathy, conflict resolution, and soft skills. It is part of a large-scale effort by the Secretary of Education to reduce school dropouts, teen pregnancies, violence at home, gang activities, and substance abuse.
IMPAQ’s evaluation will assess to what extent the program is able to prevent drop-out students from participating in gang violence, drug trafficking, or prostitution and prepare them to obtain safe employment opportunities. Our randomized control trial randomly assigns school classes into treatment classrooms (taught by an YPD-trained teacher) and control classrooms (taught by a non-YPD teacher).
After the intervention, we can evaluate differences in the treatment and control group’s education and labor market outcomes.