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Minneapolis, MN 55403

Results

In one year alone, Project SUCCESS helps 12,000 middle and high school students dream, plan and succeed through activities like:

3,500 monthly goal-setting workshops in 150 classrooms in 15 Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools.

  • Nine out of ten high school students report that Project SUCCESS helps them think about their future, set goals and create a plan for after graduation.**

35 tours to colleges and universities for more than 900 high school students.

 

  • 67% of all students who attend Project SUCCESS college tours are more likely to graduate on time.*
  • African-American and Latino students who participate in a college tour show a 5% average increase in grade point average each year they have a college visit (21% after 4 years).*

 Three dynamic middle school student musicals featuring 200 students.

  • Students who participate in a Project SUCCESS-produced musical increase their grade point average by 6% after only one year and up to 20% after three years.*
"Project SUCCESS works. It helps support our efforts in closing the achievement gaps. We see statistically significant positive gains in on-time graduation rates, attendance and, most importantly, grade point average."
Eric Moore, Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Minneapolis Public Schools

*The examples of our program impact above are from a recent analysis of Project SUCCESS student participation data by Eric Moore, Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for Minneapolis Public Schools, linking student participation in our activities to better in-school outcomes. The preliminary data shows that participation in Project SUCCESS programs can result in an 8% increase in attendance, grade-point average and on-time graduation. Mr. Moore considers these results extremely promising. He will be drilling down into the data in a more highly segmented way in the future. In Mr. Moore’s view, the indicators above are a better proxy for persistence and grit – critical skills for academic and life success – than proficiency as measured on annual academic assessments. 

Click on the button to see more of our service statistics, as shared in our most recent Annual Report:

Accomplishments

Large Scale Evaluation Results

**Our program has been independently measured in three comprehensive evaluations, conducted by the University of Minnesota Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI). Read below for highlights and a summary of CAREI's evaluation results, demonstrating our proven outcomes.

Evaluation Highlights:

  • 90% of teachers report that Project SUCCESS helps students to be better problem solvers, be more self-aware of their strengths, be more motivated to succeed in school, and set goals for the future
  • 80% of alumni report that Project SUCCESS helped them to be more motivated to succeed in school, be more self-directed, evaluate progress toward goals, and create a plan for after graduation.
  • When asked who assisted them in future planning89% of high school students rate Project SUCCESS ahead of friends, counselors and teachers and second only to parents/guardians.
  • Nine out of ten high school students report that Project SUCCESS helps them think about their future, set goals and create a plan for after graduation.
  • Eight out of ten of students report that Project SUCCESS "helped me to better understand classmates who have different perspectives and experiences," and "helped me to better understand myself."
  • 72% of students made a special effort to attend school on Project SUCCESS days.
  • 75% of teachers report that Project SUCCESS had a postitive impact on students' relationships with teachers.
  • Project SUCCESS’ program model garners statistically significantly higher results for students of color and for students from schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Our most recent large-scale evaluation, conducted by CAREI during the 2011-12 school year, involved in-depth interviews and focus groups with selected teachers, and surveys with all teachers that work directly with a Project SUCCESS facilitator. The researchers also surveyed Project SUCCESS alumni.  The report concluded that through both direct instruction and the classroom environment, Project SUCCESS fosters development of critical skills such as self-reflection and awareness, goal setting and planning, monitoring one’s own progress, and adapting as needed, which are essential to students’ development of critical thinking and motivation, and are in turn the foundation for academic success.  Project SUCCESS is valued by teachers and students as a resource for motivating and engaging students to set goals and plan for their future. 

The first two evaluations, conducted by CAREI in 2004 and 2009, included surveys of over 5,000 St. Paul and Minneapolis students and dozens of teachers who have been involved in Project SUCCESS. Based on the findings, CAREI determined that Project SUCCESS’ program model garners statistically significantly higher results for students of color and for students from schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Highlights include:

Future Planning – Identifying sparks, Finding their voice, Access to high-quality resources and relationships:

  • When asked who assisted them in planning for their future, 89% of high school students rated Project SUCCESS ahead of friends, counselors and teachers and second only to parents/guardians.
  • 89% of students indicated that Project SUCCESS "helped me think about my future" and 88% said the program "helped me to set goals."
  • Eight of of ten high school students reported the program "helped me create a plan for after graduation."

Understanding Self and Others — Building social capital, Identifying sparks, Access to high-quality resources and relationships:

  • 77% of students indicated that Project SUCCESS "helped me to better understand classmates who have different perspectives and experiences."
  • 79% of students said the program "helped me to better understand myself."
  • 75% of teachers believed that Project SUCCESS had a positive impact on students' relationships with teachers.
  • 71% of teachers believed that Project SUCCESS had a positive impact on students' relationships with other students.

Impact on School Life — Encouraging new behaviors, Actively engaging in school: 

  • 45% of middle school teachers and over one-third of their students perceived that the program had a positive influence on students' overall attendance at school
  • 72% of students made a special effort to attend school on Project SUCCESS days.
  • 46% of teachers and 38% of middle school students perceived Project SUCCESS as having a positive impact on students' overall grades.

2012 CAREI Results

2009 CAREI Results