This report describes an evaluation of the Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) Promotor Pathway program, which provides youth with a “promotor” who provides intensive case management, mentorship, and advocacy to youth who have multiple risk factors. LAYC’s Promotor Pathway specifically targets immigrant youth and youth of color from low-income households living in areas with high proportions of populations of color. Through these services, the Promotor Pathway program aims to improve education and employment outcomes, boost life skills, and prevent delinquency or reduce unhealthy behaviors for youth transitioning into adulthood. Youth participating in the program were randomly assigned to either a promotor or to LAYC services as usual. This evaluation tests a “top up” model, where we compared those with access to all other LAYC services with those who also have access to a promotor. The randomized controlled trial (RCT) design assesses whether the Promotor Pathway program improved 18-month outcomes for youth in the areas of education attainment, employment, reduced births, residential stability, and reduced risk-taking behaviors.
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