National Outcomes

OUR APPROACH:

After-School All-Stars collects data to measure the impact of its comprehensive programming both through school-level academic data, as well as national survey data. Our impact areas focus on our four national initiatives (Sports as a Hook, We are Ready, Career Exploration Opportunities, and Life Service Action), as well as social-emotional development and academic outcomes furthered through our comprehensive program model.

In 2015, a national end-of-year survey was administered to 2,475 ASAS participants. Results are displayed below.

Moving into the 2015-16 school year, ASAS will be launching a national system for longitudinal tracking of student academic outcomes through high school.

 

ACADEMICS:

Research finds that quality after-school programming is linked to improvements in student engagement, including outcomes such as school attendance and disciplinary actions. A recent Chicago Public Schools study of 75,000 ASAS participants, which compared their outcomes from 2012-2014 to non-participating students, found similar benefits. The study, which controlled for student baseline levels, found dramatic differences in both attendance and suspension rates:

• ASAS students experienced an 18% decrease in school-day absences as compared to non-participating students
• Each additional year of ASAS participation resulted in an additional 2% reduction in school day absence
• Controlling for prior year absenteeism (missing 10% or more of school days), ASAS participants had a 13.7% decrease in chronic absenteeism over non-participants
• ASAS participants were 22% less likely to be suspended than non-participants
 

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

After-School All-Stars seeks to foster social skills, self-confidence, and resilience in the youth we serve through both strong adult and peer relationships. Our 2015 national survey of 2,475 ASAS youth shows:
85% of participants report that because of ASAS, they were able to make friends more easily
84% of youth state that they feel more confident in themselves because of ASAS
88% of participants agree that because of ASAS, when they fail at something, they are more willing to try again

 

SPORTS AS A HOOK (SAAH)

After-School All-Stars aims to increase student physical activity, enhance health and nutritional knowledge, and help students build healthy eating habits through our SAAH programming. 2015 national survey responses of SAAH participants show:
88% better understand how to make good choices about health and nutrition
80% eat more fruits and vegetables
83% exercise more than they used to

 

WE ARE READY (WAR)

After-School All-Stars seeks to increase students’ knowledge of what to expect in high school, build strong study habits, and foster high levels of school engagement and educational aspirations through our WAR programming. 2015 national survey responses of WAR participants show:
92% try harder in their classes
91% better understand what to expect in high school
94% better understand strategies for good study skills
72% aspire to earn a Bachelor’s degree or higher

 

CAREER EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES (CEO)

After-School All-Stars aims to increase students’ knowledge of career options, enhance job skills, and develop financial literacy for youth in our CEO programs. 2015 national survey responses of CEO participants show:
92% better understand jobs or careers they might like to have when they are older
90% are more confident in their ability to make smart decisions about saving and spending money
81% better understand how to interview for a job

 

LIFE SERVICE ACTION (LSA)

After-School All-Stars seeks to engage participants in community volunteer work and support youth as agents of change through our LSA programs. 2015 national survey responses of LSA participants show:
90% are more confident in their ability to make a difference in their community
74% now volunteer because of ASAS