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Passage of the Youth Works bill is important legislation. It brings Minnesota to the forefront of the national service movement and sets standards for other states to follow. Because Youth Works leads the nation in involving young people in service to their community ad their state, the evaluation design also reflects the innovative spirit of the legislation. The state evaluation design incorporates the best of other evaluative studies of service programs and promotes new processes which reflect the intent of the legislation.

The state evaluation of the AmeriCorps-Youth Works Programs promotes programmatic self-evaluation, while it links together state and federal evaluation system requirements. Through this combined strategy of evaluation, the impacts of service on AmeriCorps-Youth Works members, organizations, and communities in Minnesota will be examined to assess the influences, costs, and benefits of the AmeriCorps-Youth Works program.