Effectiveness and Successful Program Elements of SOAR’s Afterschool Programs

Janet L. Johnson

Abstract


Project SOAR provided after-school programs that afforded expanded learning opportunities to help students succeed in local public schools and to contribute to the general welfare of the community. Program components focused on building students’ academic skills and positive attitudes, aided by teachers, mentors, parent education, and local agencies. Instructional programs were conducted to help reduce drug use and violence. Activities included academic assistance, technology training, mentoring, service learning projects, and education in life skills and the arts. Parent involvement was encouraged. Behavioral and academic outcomes—especially at the high school level—were analyzed to determine program effectiveness regarding academic achievement, dropout rates, and rates and frequency of suspensions. Successful program elements and strategies are noted.

Keywords


after-school program; program evaluation; program effectiveness; dropout prevention; at-risk students; family involvement service learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2007.374

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