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Year Published: 2005
A report by The National Center for Schools and Communities at Fordham University presenting the results of seven years of evaluation for the YMCA of Greater New York’s Virtual Y afterschool program—an afterschool program that served elementary school students five days a week between 3 and 6 p.m. Teachers reported significant improvements in classroom behavior for Virtual Y participants, including improvement in task motivation, frustration tolerance, learning skills, acting out, peer social skills, assertive social skills, and shyness and anxiety. The average school day attendance of 3rd and 4th grade Virtual Y participants also exceeded the average attendance of a comparison group. Additionally, Virtual Y participants outperformed a comparison group in post-program math scores.
Program Name: Virtual Y initiative, YMCA of NYC
Program Description: The Virtual Y initiative brings YMCA afterschool programs and providers to NYC elementary schools to provide free afterschool programming to students attending New York City public schools who could not otherwise participate. It offers academic enrichment opportunities—including reading and math support, as well as games and activities to keep children engaged, nutrition and healthy lifestyle information, and includes a focus on teaching values, such as respect and responsibility. Between 1997 and 2005, the Virtual Y served more than 50,000 elementary school students in New York City.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: New York, NY
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School
Program Demographics: The Virtual Y program aims to serve at-risk youth, with the majority of students being ethnic minorities, and a large proportion of students coming from low-income families.
Program Website: http://www.ymcanyc.org/association/preview/classes/yafterschool