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Year Published: 2014
An evaluation that compares high school students participating in the YMCA High School Youth Institute—a year-round afterschool program serving low-income, culturally diverse, urban high school youth—to a randomly-selected, matched comparison group of non-participating high schoolers. The evaluation found that students who participated in the program had higher GPAs, English language art and math standardized test scores, and attendance rates than students who did not participate in the program.
Program Name: YMCA High School Youth Institute
Program Description: The YMCA of Greater Long Beach Youth Institute is a year-round, community-based afterschool program that was established in 2001. The Youth Institute aims to promote college and career readiness, improve academic achievement, stimulate interest in higher education, promote student bonding with prosocial adults, and build community attachment among low-income, culturally diverse, urban high school youth.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Summer, Afterschool
Location: Long Beach, CA
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: High School
Program Demographics: Half of the high school students in the program were Hispanic, 25 percent were African-American, 19 percent were Asian American/Pacific Islander, and 6 percent were white. Forty-five percent of the high school students in the program were girls.
Program Website: http://www.lbymcayi.org/