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Year Published: 2006
An analysis of the effects of the Young Scholars Program on students in schools throughout North Carolina. Academic and attendance data collected on Young Scholars over the course of five years shows that participation in the program led to gains in math and reading proficiency, improved grade promotion, increased school day attendance, and increased parent involvement.
Program Name: Young Scholars Program
Program Description: Working with the Public School Forum in 1999, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation created an afterschool program that would combine the traditional supports provided in an afterschool program at the time, such as keeping students safe, with academic support that would engage young people’s minds but did not look like the school day. The result was the Young Scholars Program, which from 2000-2005 served nearly 1,000 elementary and middle school students in 19 North Carolina schools.
Scope of the Evaluation: Statewide
Program Type: Afterschool
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Program Demographics: Seventy-two percent of participants were African-American, 17 percent were Caucasian, four percent were Hispanic, one percent were Hispanic, and five percent were “other minorities.”