Lou Mortillaro joined Philliber Research & Evaluation in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology both from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz. His experience at Philliber is diverse and includes a variety of tasks related to the evaluation of projects involving teen parents, teen pregnancy, home visitors, and youth with physical and cognitive disabilities. Lou’s responsibilities include creating data collection instruments, conducting data collection at various program sites nationwide, as well as data analyses and creating reports and presentations.
KEY OR RECENT PROJECTS
Connecticut Department of Social Services. Ongoing annual evaluations of the Teen Outreach Program which is being implemented in sixteen communities across Connecticut.
The Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College program. Ongoing evaluation of the Baby College program which serves parents and expecting parents of youth ages three and under via workshops for parents covers the specific stages of child development the child is experiencing and what to expect.
Bloomingdale Family Program is a nationally recognized educational program for young children from low-income families in upper Manhattan. Its homework help program has been serving special needs youth in grades K through three since 2008. Each year, Philliber provides a full profile report of youth served, identifies challenges, services received, provides recommended steps, and a summary of parental feedback.
Avenues for Justice, formerly the Andrew Glover Youth Program. Ongoing evaluation of a non-profit, community-based, alternative to incarceration program, which provides clients with court advocacy and ongoing case management. The program provides services to youthful offenders from the Lower East Side and East Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan, including tutoring, support counseling, monitoring substance abuse or mental health treatment, and linkages to educational and employment opportunities.
Equal Justice Works, Veterans Legal Corps program. Evaluation of the national Veterans Legal Corps program funded by AmeriCorps that utilizes law students to provide legal services to help low-income and homeless veterans to overcome barriers to employment, housing, benefits, and other critical needs.
ECHO (Educate Children for Healthy Outcomes) is a project of the Academy for Adolescent Health Teen Outreach program supported by the Washington Health System of Washington, Pennsylvania. The goal of the project is to promote academic success and high school completion with the belief that education and mentoring supports families and youth in achieving positive outcomes. This is a randomized controlled trial involving 40 eighth grade youth. Philliber has been evaluating this five-year program annually using academic indicators (GPAs) and the Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale since 2016.