Youth Development

We have conducted over 85 evaluations of youth development programs.

We have evaluated many youth development programs including many iterations of the Carrera and Teen Outreach Programs and programs supported by the Robin Hood Foundation. Additional programs include those for the American Friends Service Committee, America SCORES, Bridge Builders, Buck Institute for Education, the California Wellness Foundation, the Center for Human Options, the Foundation Consortium, Girls Inc, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, KidsHealth 2020, the Los Angeles Urban League, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, United Way, Up 2 Us Sports, and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

A few select recent or key youth development projects include:

21St Century Learning At Adlai Stevenson, Almira, and Walton Elementary Schools, Cleveland Play House

The goal of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide academic support to students who come from economically disadvantaged communities and attend low-performing schools. Programming includes morning math and ELA tutoring, and after school tutoring, snacks, homework help, and enrichment activities for elementary school students. Family engagement activities are also offered. Expected outcomes include increases in math and reading proficiency among participants; continuous improvements in classroom behavior, homework completion, class participation, and grades among participants; and increased school attendance among participants. Additional program objectives are increased family engagement through evidence-based educational development opportunities and positive youth development.

The evaluation of the 21st CCLC provides key stakeholders with valuable data about the impact of additional academic and family supports on student achievement on standardized math and literacy tests, school attendance, and math and ELA grades. The evaluation is primarily descriptive, with an emphasis on change in measures of academic achievement, positive youth development competencies, and parent and family engagement in student learning over the course of program participation and from year to year.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Memphis oversees four programs: 1) The Job Ready Program prepares youth ages 14 to 18 years for work. The program offers weekly sessions related to finding, getting and keeping a job; field trips that expose youth to information about possible career choices; and hands-on training experience. 2) The Power Hour program focuses on self-directed learning and academic achievement in youth. The program offers daily homework help and one-on-one tutoring (as needed) with a built-in incentive strategy. Full participation includes daily attendance for an average of four hours per week. 3) The Street Smart Program counteracts the negative lures of gangs, violence, and street influences on youth ages 13 to 18 years old. The program incorporates teaching youth how gangs work and how to resist being recruited; how to recognize and resolve conflicts peacefully; how to become positive peer helpers; and how to recognize and respect the similarities and differences of others. 4) The Skill Tech Program increases basic computer skills in children and youth ages 7 to 18 years. The program offers hands-on sessions with projects that progress in difficulty and use word processing, spreadsheet, database, PowerPoint, and internet browser programs.

Dramatic Results – Summer STEAM Institute, Dramatic Results, US Sailing Center, The Long Beach Public Library Mobile Maker Lab, and the Growing Experience

Summer STEAM is a three-week summer camp focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. It is a collaborative effort between Dramatic Results, the lead agency, and partner agencies, the U.S. Sailing Center, The Long Beach Public Library Mobile Maker Lab, and the Growing Experience, an urban farming program that is part of the Long Beach Housing Authority. All 23 students were low income rising sixth graders in Long Beach Public Schools, and all were in the GATE/EXCEL program for gifted youth. The evaluation tracked student growth in social emotional competencies and 21st century learning skills.

Harlem Children’s Zone – The Renaissance University for Community Education

The Renaissance University for Community Education (TRUCE) is the comprehensive youth development component of the Harlem Children’s Zone. TRUCE promotes academic growth and career readiness through programs focused on the arts, media literacy, health, and multimedia technology. Philliber has maintained an ongoing evaluation of the achievements of this program since its inception.

Stronger Together, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands/Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)

Stronger Together is a teen pregnancy prevention program providing capacity building assistance to youth serving organizations replicating evidence-based programs. Two Northwest Coalition of Adolescent Health partners, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, have provided capacity building assistance with eleven high risk youth serving organizations in three states. These organizations were selected for participation after completing a readiness assessment process. Two additional organizations completed the readiness assessment process but were not selected. Philliber is conducting an implementation study of this program.

Team Up for Youth

Team Up for Youth is an intermediary organization that does grantmaking and provides technical assistance to strengthen and expand after-school sports programs to support the healthy development of low-income young people. Philliber conducted a formative evaluation to assess the effectiveness of Team Up’s strategies. Methodologies employed include key informant interviews, observations of training and technical assistance, and observational site visits to assess program quality. Additionally, Philliber measured youth outcomes by gathering pre and post survey data on youth served by grantee agencies.

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