Since we began offering programming to at-risk youth in 2010, we've been tracking outcomes to ensure that what we were doing was having a beneficial effect. Youth at-risk of disconnection struggle in a number of areas, but we have decided to focus on some of the most critical factors that impact disconnection rates: high school graduation or acquisition of a G.E.D., pursuit of post-secondary education or vocational training, employment and the capacity to manage independent living. Our programming addresses these critical factors with knowledge and skills-based training in areas like career planning, personal presentation, money management, and self-discipline and leadership.
We know we have had a positive impact through the training of educators, parents, mentors, and youth program staff as well as through the distribution of thousands of Smart Transitions Guides, but that impact is difficult to quantify so we also focus on specific outcomes from youth we have trained directly.
We are proud of our impact to date. As of June 30, 2016, we have served over 1880 youth across Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and Isle of Wight County) with the following results:
Of youth completing one or more of our programs have earned or are on track to earn a high school diploma or GED, compared to 75% of youth in similar at-risk populations.
57% Higher Ed
Of youth completing one or more of our programs who have earned a high school diploma or GED is pursuing or has completed post-secondary education or vocational training compared to 6% of youth in similar at-risk populations.
Of youth completing one or more of our programs have found part time employment compared to only 16% of youth in similar at-risk populations.