Building Self-Sufficiency Among Welfare-Dependent Teenage Parents: Lessons from the Teenage Parent Demonstration. Role of Mandatory Participation Requirements


The mandatory participation requirement and sanction policy compelled many of the teenage parents to get involved in the program and maintain their participation.  The sanction policy was especially helpful in gaining initial cooperation with participation requirements as evidenced by the fact that nearly two-thirds of the young mothers responded only after the threat of a sanction (See Figure ES-1 below).

Program Enrollment Rates by Level of Encouragement

Overall, 62 percent of those who completed intake were warned at some time of possible sanction because they failed to fulfill requirements for ongoing program participation.  More than one third had their grants reduced one or more times for failure to comply with ongoing requirements.