Our mission is straightforward: educate homeless children and their families for life. In practice, this can be more complex – determining a student’s needs, helping create a stable environment, and developing custom education plans.
At the end of the year, we’re able to measure real success in our educational programs, our after-school programs, and our family support measures.
Over the course of the 2014 – 2015 academic year, we served 98 students and measured improvements across the board. Almost every grade improved their math skills with 80% of students formally assessed showing improvement, while the fifth grade class improved their reading skills one year and six months. We recorded an average daily attendance of 90.3%, and 73% of our families attended parent-teacher conferences.
More than 90% of our students participated in our after-school program, and a total of 118 students took part in our break camp programs. Those extracurricular activities, which include music, yoga, art, swimming, scouting, zoo and museum trips, and other opportunities, offer our students the chance to learn valuable life skills in a variety of real-life experiences. Teachers reported that 88% of students who participated in these programs showed an increase in academic performance, while 76% showed an increase in social skills.
And those results aren’t limited to their time at school.
Eighty six percent of parents of students enrolled in extracurricular activities have seen a benefit in behavior at home.
What does family support look like? For our families, it looks like 617 individual counseling sessions, 86 family counseling sessions, 63 health checkups, and 45 dental and hearing screenings. It also looks like an improvement in employment, housing and income.
In the past year, we’ve served 26,384 school meals, provided 23,229 instances of transportation, and distributed more than 29,478 basic necessities, all of which contribute to improving the situation for 66 families collectively equaling more than 446 individuals.
In May of 2015, 65% of families with students enrolled at Positive Tomorrows were in stable housing, and 56% had at least one adult working a full or part-time job.