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Our Impact

Results that matter.

The numbers are real. The students are excelling. Since 2013, our experiential learning model has helped more than 2,000 Saint Paul youth realize their full potential. With your help, we create boundless opportunities for the next generation of changemakers.
How we measure impact

Using various evaluation methods from students, parents, tutors, and Saint Paul public schools, we’re able to collect real-time data. Things like progress reports (including report cards and transcripts), surveys, interviews—as well as independent research reports—all help fuel our understanding of what works and what needs closer attention.

Impact Areas

We help youth develop in and beyond the classroom.

64%

Average increase in GPA

Academic Performance
Our programs consistently increase student achievement in English literacy, math, science, social studies, and arts.

52%

Average decrease in school suspensions

Behavior
Parents and family members frequently report improvements in child’s social interactions, behavior, and cultural awareness.

50%

Average number of Tech Geeks jobs going to teens with a criminal record

Job Placement
Our Tech Geeks program aims to decrease recidivism rates and broaden African American presence in computer science fields.

74%

Average increase in improved school attendance

Student Confidence
Personal social development includes an eagerness toward learning, accepting responsibility, and meeting deadlines.

Impact Plan

Schools

Students

SHORT-TERM (<1 year)

  • Increased awareness of and comfort with culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum for African American students
  • Increased appreciation and understanding of how to integrate arts into learning and the positive impact this can have for students
  • Increased awareness of social justice issues and how social power dynamics affect African American students

SHORT-TERM (<1 year)

  • Access to culturally relevant curriculum and teaching, knowledge of African American history and art, and awareness of contemporary social justice issues
  • Exposure to arts and opportunities for self-expression through art
  • Social and leadership skills
  • Improved attendance and behavior
  • Increased academic interest, motivation, engagement, confidence, and achievement
  • Increased interest in college and computer science fields

MEDIUM-TERM (1-2 years)

  • Improved ability to provide a culturally relevant school experience for African American students, including pedagogy, testing, and student/family/community engagement
  • Increased integration of arts into curriculum and core subjects
  • Increased involvement in social justice issues

MEDIUM-TERM (1-2 years)

  • Improved academic test scores (reading and math)
  • Increased arts participation
  • Increased social and political participation
  • Improved perception of self, community, and African American culture
  • Increased readiness for college and careers

LONG-TERM (3+ years)

  • Improved policies and practices for teaching African American students, including pedagogy, curriculum, testing, behavior management, and engagement

LONG-TERM (3+ years)

  • Improved graduation rates
  • Improved postsecondary enrollment and completion
  • Better employment rates, earning living-wage incomes
  • Decreased involvement with criminal justice system
  • More youth placed in computer science and other well-paying high-tech careers
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Ultimate outcomes

The African American community in Saint Paul will have:

  • Stronger arts community
  • More economic and employment opportunities
  • Decreased violence
  • Higher quality of life

Our reports

2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
Help our students thrive

Together, we’re creating boundless learning opportunities and shaping a vibrant cultural community for Saint Paul’s youth.