There is an interesting article in Catalyst on after school programs. The article quotes Chicago Commons’ Youth Director, Eddie Anguiano. We have long held that strong, positive relationships between youth and youth and adults is a key element to a young person becoming a responsible adult.
We are working in collaboration with four peer organizations to implement a performance tracking system called Efforts to Outcomes. This new tool includes surveys that are completed by young people to measure changes in their attitudes over the course of their time with us. Through this ongoing evaluation, we plan to show that there are practical ways to measure the impact of after school programs.