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Youth Development Indicators

Research shows that the best way to enhance long-term public safety is to provide court-involved youth with the tools they need to successfully transition into adulthood and away from re-offending. The developmental strengths and needs of each youth are different, and often are determined by the youth’s age and developmental stage. As a result, DYRS does not have a “one size fits all” approach to measuring youth development. 

For some youth, attaining a high school credential may be the next important milestone, for other, older youth, the top priority may be workforce training. DYRS is also committed to tracking progress on less tangible developmental assets, such as establishing positive peer and adult relationships. As the agency is able to reliably and consistently track data on new areas of youth development, those data points will be added to this website.

Youth Attaining Workforce Experience

The number of unique youth attaining a professional certificate (such as a “Safe Serve Certification” or “Copper Cabling Certification”), an internship, or unsubsidized work, through a DYRS established program, is provided below.  The chart below does not include youth who attained certificates, internships or employment independent from DYRS workforce development programming.

  FY2010 FY2011 FY2012
Professional Certificate Earned 0 23 117
Internships 18 37 132
Unsubsidized Employment 0 5 51

The following tables present data on youth educational outcomes. The average youth enters his or her commitment to DYRS with few, if any, high school credits and tests at the fourth- to fifth- grade level in English and math. Most have experienced multiple failures in school. In any particular fiscal year, the great majority of DYRS youth are either beyond high-school age, too young to have finished high school, or not sufficiently advanced academically to attain their high school credential.

DYRS Youth Achieving High School Diploma or a GED

The table below represents the number of unique youth attaining a GED or high school diploma in the District of Columbia, by fiscal year. Data made available by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE). These fiqures do not include youth who earned a high school diploma or GED outside of the District of Columbia.

Fiscal Year # of Youth
FY2008 17
FY2009 14
FY2010 23
FY2011 27
FY2012 46

DYRS Youth Achieving Higher Education

The table below represents the number of unique youth who enrolled in post-secondary education while under DYRS supervision, by fiscal year.

Fiscal Year # of Youth
FY2010 5
FY2011 6
FY2012 8

Youth Served through DC YouthLink, by Service Domain

The table below represents the number of unique youth connected to services in each developmental domain while enrolled in DC YouthLink, by fiscal year. Because an individual youth may have an enrollment that spans multiple fiscal years, the total count of unique youth served by the initiative may be smaller than the sum of youth served in individual fiscal years

  Relationships Work Education Health Creativity Community
FY2010 221 67 93 79 10 2
FY2011 517 200 265 190 12 3
FY2012 390 216 165 196 17 28
Total 781 406 391 392 35 5