Our Impact: By the Numbers
are committed to ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement of our
programming. Our annual, third party evaluation consistently
demonstrates that our services significantly improve the academic
achievement, social skill development, and self-esteem of youth in our
programs. Parents overwhelmingly agree, affirming in surveys that
Y.O.U. provides quality activities for their children, and thereby
improves their behavior and academic performance.
Here are just a few snapshots of our impact:
- Educational success: By middle school, more than 80% of our assessed youth meet or exceed grade-level expectations in both math and reading. This far exceeds the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s best practice of 55%.
Social and emotional success:
In the last year, half of the assessed youth in our programs
demonstrated significant improvement in their self-esteem with regard to
their peers, as measured by the Hare Self-Esteem Scale.
- Parental involvement:
Over the last year, more than two-thirds of our parents actively
participated in family nights and workshops, which focused on building
safe, nurturing, healthy home environments.
believe these metrics of success tell a compelling story about the
broader impact we are making in the lives of our youth, our families,
and our community.
- Our youth: Y.O.U.
supports all youth in gaining the skills, opportunity, and confidence
to participate fully and responsibly in the community.
- Our families: Y.O.U. ensures that all families have access to social and economic mobility. Education can be a
powerful ladder of opportunity to a better life. But the achievement
gap is so large that few families have the chance to benefit from this
ladder; indeed, in the U.S. today, only 20% of all black students and
only 16% of all Hispanic students leave high school college-ready. We
provide tailored academic tutoring and social supports to ensure youth
strive in school and go on to college. In this way, we help our families
realize their dreams.
- Our community: Y.O.U.
makes our community a happier and safer place to live. The hours
between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the U.S. are the peak hours for juvenile
crime, bullying, and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and
sex. But for the youth in our after school programs, these hours are
filled with education and recreational activities that improve their
academic performance and enhance their self-esteem. We’re pioneers in
transforming the “most dangerous hours in the lives” of youth into some
of the most fun and productive hours.
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