1993 STUDY

A grant from the James Irvine Foundation enabled the organization to commission an independent impact study that empirically evaluated the overall effectiveness of its programs. The study involved 113 students ages 8 to 19 as well as a control group of 97 students who, although expressing interest in, had not participated in the organization’s programs.

Results of this study indicate that as an intervention tool, the quality arts training offered by the organization positively impacts the lives of at-risk youth. This exploratory study found that children involved with the organization:

  • Are significantly more internally oriented than their peers - an internal focus of control is strongly associated with academic achievement and high self-esteem
  • Have higher than average self-esteem for their age, ethnicity, and income level
  • Understand the causal connection between their behavior and resulting consequences
  • Have a higher academic orientation than do their peers
  • Have learned to get along with others and are highly sociable