Connecting Under-Resourced Youth to Opportunity: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Youth Employment Program in Washington, DC

  • Amanda Fioritto
Keywords: youth empowerment, education, employment,


This paper presents a cost-benefit analysis of a youth development program run by Urban Alliance, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC that provides paid internships to under-resourced high school students. Although Urban Alliance served over 1,500 youth across four locations through multiple programs during the 2013-14 academic year, this analysis focuses exclusively on the High School Internship Program (HSIP) in Washington, DC. Using a sub-national perspective, the costs and benefits experienced by all residents and groups in Washington, DC are considered in the analysis. The status quo to which this program is compared is student nonparticipation in any similar program. Under the base case, the program is expected to yield approximately $19 million in net benefits. This study concludes that the program is efficient and should continue to operate.

Author Biography

Amanda Fioritto

AMANDA FIORITTO graduated with her Master’s in Public Policy, with concentrations in program evaluation and urban policy, in May 2015 and currently serves as the Data and Evaluation Specialist at Urban Alliance. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Amanda worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC and the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center in Amman, Jordan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and international relations from the University of Dayton.