The Youth Impact Program, a non- profit based in Alexandria, Virginia released the academic measurable testing results from this year's program. The program was based in both Stanford University and Northwestern University and offered a several week summer camp using football as a motivational tool to work with inner city male youth in the hopes of impacting their life and academic skills. The released results demonstrate that the program had a positive effect on the participants. Private support from gifts to the program gave the program an opportunity to implement this program and provide the teaching and classroom management. This year was the first year that Northwestern University participated. The program was founded several years ago by former NFL football player, Riki Ellison as a way to give back to society and help to improve the lives of inner city youth. Ellison is also the founded of a second non - profit, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance also located in Alexandria, Virginia.
This year the United States Marine Corps was also involved with the programs in the area of leadership development which included: discipline, character building and respect (thus creating a well managed classroom atmosphere) far greater than what is offered by the public schools. It was essential for the students and teachers to have a focused classroom for the camp participants to concentrate and acquire basic academic skills. The program had a U.S. Marine in every classroom and overseeing the programs. In addition to providing role models for the boys, the U.S. Marine presence promoted leadership development for themselves as well the participating student athletes serving as mentors. The Marines presence and participation has a direct coloration to increase of academic skills for the camp participants. Some of the most notable results are a 40% increase in vocabulary use by participants at Stanford, and a 35% increase in average Math scores at Northwestern. English scores also increased 47% at Northwestern.
2014 Stanford Youth Impact Academic Testing Results
Math- increased score of 17%
Vocabulary- increased score of 40%
Writing- increased score of 20%
2014 Northwestern Youth Impact Academic Testing Results
The Avg. Score of the Pre-Test Math was 6/10 or 60%
The Avg. Score of the Post-Test Math was 9.5/10 or 95%
An increased score of 35%
The Avg. Score of the Pre-Test English (Vocab) was 10/24 or 41%
The Avg. Score of the Post-Test English (Vocab) was 21/24 or 88%
An increased score of 47%
Source: Youth Impact Program