Research Report Summer Programming for Young People in New York City: Evaluating VIBE and Playstreets
Mark Treskon, Sino Esthappan, Mary K. Winkler, Wilton Oliver, Travis Reginal, Mathew Lynch
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This report presents findings from a process evaluation of two summer programs for young people in New York City: Playstreets and VIBE (Vibrant Interactions by Engagement). Playstreets is a drop-in summer program for 5-to-14-year-olds that has recently added more structure to its programming model. VIBE, focused on 14-to-24-year-olds, is based around production and presentation of art and community-based projects for participants. The evaluation identified strategies to better measure implementation and programmatic inputs and outputs and developed a New York City–specific play-based programming strategy to reduce crime and victimization for high-risk youth and their communities. Using interviews with stakeholders, staff, and participants; site observations; and review of other materials, this project built a collaborative and iterative approach that brought stakeholders into the research process, from logic model creation, to data collection protocol development, to review of initial findings.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Workforce
Tags Workforce development Arts and culture Juvenile justice Delinquency and crime Policing and community safety Neighborhoods and youth development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Justice Policy Center