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How to Use This Tool

About the compendium

The compendium is a tool that allows you to explore 78 programs currently serving young people who are not in school across the United States. This tool is designed to provide basic information about a diversity of programs; it does not provide all information about every program. The compendium links to each program’s website where you can learn more about the program. Read about the methodology used to develop the compendium in Appendix A of the full report.

How to use the compendium


There are five categories you can use to filter programs: location, education outcomes, employment outcomes, evidence, and practices. Click the “+” sign to expand each category. Then, select the characteristics of the programs you want to learn more about.

  • Location: States and territories where the program operates.
  • Target employment and education outcomes: Outcomes that the program seeks to achieve related to employment or education. The program may or may not have an effect on these outcomes, but it aims to improve them for participants. Programs may target other outcomes (e.g., housing stability), but the compendium only describes employment and education outcomes.
  • Evidence: Whether the program has an associated study in the evidence gap map.
  • Practices: Services provided or implementation approaches used by the program. Practices are organized into seven categories. Definitions of each practice are listed in Appendix B of the full report.

You can also use the search bar above the filters to search for specific words, such as program names or locations. 

Program tiles

Each blue program tile shows an overview of a program in the compendium, including program and operating organization names; location(s); year founded; annual number of participants; whether the program targets employment or education outcomes; and whether the program is included in the evidence gap map.

Program pages

To learn more about a particular program, view its program page by clicking its blue program tile. Each program page has up to four sections: overview, target outcomes, practices, and evidence. Click through the categories on the left side to view the information about the program. If the program is in the evidence gap map, the evidence menu will appear and lists the publications that are included in the evidence gap map.