1998 STUDY

A study was commissioned in 1998 to evaluate the role of the organization in promoting "asset-development" among its students. Conducted by Scott Simpson, Ph.D. and Nancy Minear, Ph.D. of the University of California, Irvine, this study was based on the notion of the "resilient" child - a child with a set of developmental assets that promotes positive outcomes and inhibits risk taking behavior, and supports him or her in becoming a positive, healthy, and engaged adult.
The 1998 Study concluded that:
Our participants on average have 26 assets as compared to a national average for school-aged children of 16 assets.
Our participants have high levels of asset development, reflecting attitudes and resources that promote healthy development, including

  • Empowerment
  • Positive values
  • Family and community support   
  • Positive identity
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Social competencies
  • Constructive use of time
  • Commitment to learning
  • Long-term participants have significantly more assets than short-term participants

The significant differences between long- and short-term participants in number of developmental assets argues strongly that the organization has a profound and positive effect on the lives of those children who join it, and that those effects are increased for children who stay at the organization for more than one year.