In March 2016, the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University completed an implementation study of our program. A grant from the Louis R. Lurie Foundation provided funding for the study.
After observing seven of our sites during summer 2015, and interviewing dozens of students, graduates, teachers, site directors and parents, they concluded that Aim High is consistently implemented with high-quality across sites, and that the teaching and instructional practices result in increased self-efficacy, or the belief in one’s ability to succeed—which plays a major role in educational attainment.
“Based on research,” the report said, “we know that these best practices predict positive student outcomes.”
Five Key Findings
- Aim High offers a cohesive, high-quality program, implemented consistently across program sites.
- Instruction is aligned with best practices in youth development and summer learning.
- Program facilitate meaningful relationships with adults, consistency and connectedness.
- Teachers, students, and parents consistently report positive experiences with the program.
- Students and teachers report positive shifts in knowledge, skills and beliefs.