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Year Published: 2010
A 10-year retrospective study of the impact of Project Exploration, which has been providing personalized out-of-school time science programs to traditionally under-served middle and high school youth attending Chicago Public Schools since 1999. The study, which surveyed 30 percent of the 259 alumni in their database over the age of 18, found that participants in the program were performing well academically, with 95 percent of Project Exploration participants graduating from high school or on track to graduate, nearly double the overall rate of Chicago Public Schools. The study also found an increased interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields among Project Exploration alumni surveyed.
Program Name: Project Exploration
Program Description: Project Exploration has been providing personalized out-of-school time science programs to traditionally under-served youth since 1999 in Chicago, Illinois. The program provides students ages 12 to 17, most of whom are African-American or Latino and live in low-income families, with a youth-centered learning environment, introduces them to new topics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on activities, connects them with mentors—such as practicing scientists, and helps them build long-term relationships with adults.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Chicago, IL
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Middle School, High School
Program Demographics: Eighty-five percent of student comes from low-income families, students are primarily African-American and Latino, and 74 percent are girls.
Program Website: http://www.projectexploration.org/