Posts Tagged by Pittsburgh Promise
|May 11, 2013||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Education, Youth Development||
A report from the Afterschool Alliance highlights another example of programs experiencing decreased funding and increased demand. This challenge, already felt by mental health providers and food banks, is also affecting afterschool and summer programs. Uncertain Times 2012: Afterschool Programs Still Struggling in Today’s Economy discusses the results of a study examining the impact of the economy on afterschool programs for youth, noting that although they provide a popular and worthy service, their budgets continue to dwindle.
The study found that programs in urban, suburban and rural areas are all struggling with less funding and increased demand for their services. Additional findings:
- Nearly 40 percent of programs surveyed reported budgets that are “in worse shape” currently than in the midst of the recession four years ago. Specifically, 68 percent of programs serving a mostly African-American population and 65 percent of those serving a mostly Latino population reported diminished funds compared to three years ago.
- Over half of the programs (58 percent) reported being at or above maximum capacity with 36 percent maintained a waiting list. Demand for afterschool programs serving African-American and Latino children was reported to be even higher. Among programs serving primarily African-American youth, 65 percent were at or above maximum capacity, and 41 percent had a waiting list. Among those serving primarily Latino children, 70 percent were at or above maximum capacity and 48 percent had a waiting list.
The Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization on Pittsburgh’s North Side, is featured in this report as an example of the real-world impact of economic conditions on a local program. Since the economic downturn, the Pittsburgh Project has experienced a 40 percent decrease in their budget resulting in staff layoffs, reduced hours, fewer children served and the elimination of many program activities.
|September 13, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Education, Program Model, Research||
Yesterday, The Pittsburgh Foundation announced that early analysis from an on-going RAND study of The Pittsburgh Promise indicates the project is off to a “solid start” and has played a beneficial role within the community.
The Pittsburgh Promise is a scholarship program for students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The program advocates for improvements to the quality of education within the system, while promoting college readiness and working to increase preparedness among the region’s workforce. Some of the positive impacts related to the program’s operation include,
- Students and their families reported feeling motivated by the scholarship program to attain the requisite GPA, maintain regular attendance in school and explore higher education opportunities.
- Pittsburgh Public Schools enrollment has leveled off, rather than continue its prior downward trend.
- Since the inception of the program, there has been an increase in college enrollment of graduates of the schools eligible for the program funds.
The full report, including recommendations from RAND to The Pittsburgh Promise on how to continue their beneficial impact, as well as a video summary of the study to date from the lead researcher Dr. Gabriella Gonzalez, are available at the RAND website.