Studies

Evaluation for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Topic
Youth Development / Expanded Learning Opportunities
Sponsor
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (with funding from NASA)
Completed
PSA Director
Jeanine Hildreth

Evaluation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America CareerLaunch program

PSA recently completed an evaluation of the early use of the revised CareerLaunch, a workforce and career information and planning program, developed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) with funding from the Gap Foundation. The evaluation explored how Club staff used the program materials and the extent to which implementation of the program was related to Club characteristics such as the number of teen members, use of the original CareerLaunch program materials, and partnerships with local community organizations and employers.

Evaluation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 9th Grade Cohort Program

PSA recently completed an evaluation of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) 9th Grade Cohort Program. Funded by AT&T, the 9th Grade Cohort Program was grounded in a partnership between a local Club and high school and was designed to provide academic and non-academic support to new high school students who were at risk of poor academic outcomes. Participating students were paired with a mentor, usually a Club staff person, who was responsible for maintaining contact with the student and having regular conversations about both academic and social or emotional challenges. Exploratory analyses indicated that students who had more frequent contacts with mentors were more likely to be on-track for graduation than students who had fewer contacts. The final evaluation also provided recommendations for expanding the program to more Clubs. Recommendations included ensuring that participating Club staff had the time to develop and maintain relationships with both the students and staff in the schools they attend.

Evaluation of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Great Futures in Science Initiative

PSA recently completed an evaluation of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Great Futures in Science Initiative funded by NASA. The two-year evaluation explored the use of a Lego© robotics program in more 30 Clubs nationwide and the extent to which participating Club members showed early signs of interest in STEM activities. During interviews Club staff highlighted the “soft skills” such as communication, team-work, and problem-solving that members developed because of participating in the program. Staff also noted that the program allowed members access to new learning experiences or the ability to build on prior experiences. At the Club level, participating in the program helped Clubs add or expand a new area of programming for Club members.