New York City Arts Program Shows Positive Results for Youth; Westat Evaluated Program

An evaluation of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Arts Program in New York City has shown promising results for underserved youth, according to a recent evaluation. Westat partnered with Metis Associates, the lead evaluator, to assess the initiative for the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity.

An article in The Chronicle for Social Change, Photo Gallery: Look at This Amazing Artwork from an Innovative New York City Probation Program That Just Got a Gold Star from Researchers, noted how the program has transformed lives.

NeON was launched in 2013 and implemented across multiple New York City sites to

  • Offer young people opportunities to explore the arts

  • Establish positive peer relationships

  • Develop important social and career skills

The program is a collaborative effort by the New York City Department of Probation and Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute.

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