Evaluation Outcomes

High School Youth Institute
Summary of Evaluation Findings (2004 – Current)

The High School Youth Institute (YI) has been in existence since the summer of 2001 with quantitative
evaluations starting at different time points ranging from four to eight years. The High School Youth
Institute (YI) is a program that uses technology as an integral mechanism for promoting positive youth
development and enhancing the academic success and career readiness of low-income, culturally-
diverse high school students. Classes enter each summer with an intensive eight-week program.
Upon graduation from the summer program, participants become “Youth Institute Alumni,” who are
then able to voluntarily participate in a wide range of year-round programs throughout their high
school and, potentially, college years. Involvement opportunities include, but are not limited to, digital
art labs, academic advising/homework assistance, personal/home advising, community service,
equipment check-out, field trips, paid technology and mentoring assignments, community leadership
positions and social work support.

Since the evaluations began, five different quantitative areas have been measured: grades and test
scores (5 years), leadership skills (8 years), technology competencies (8 years), educational attitudes
(7 years) and positive youth development (4 years). The following narrative is a summary of all significant
findings since the evaluations began in 2004.

Summer Youth Institute Program

•    In 75% of the summer evaluations, youth showed improved skills in six (out of nine) or more
leadership areas, with improvements in all leadership areas 37% of the time.
•    In 87% of the summer evaluations, youth showed improved competence in at least 60% of the
technology areas.
•    In 50% of the summer evaluations, youth showed improved educational attitudes in two out of
three areas.
•    In 75% of the summer evaluations, youth showed improvement in at least four out of seven positive
youth development areas.

Academic-Year Youth Institute

•   In 83% of the academic-year evaluations, youth showed improved skills in seven (out of nine)
or more leadership areas, with improvements in all leadership areas 33% of the time.
•   In 83% of the academic-year evaluations, youth showed improved competence in at least
55% of the technology areas.
•   In 60% of the academic-year evaluations, youth showed improved educational attitudes in at
least one out of three areas.
•   In 50% of the academic-year evaluations, youth showed improvement in at least five out of
seven positive youth development areas.