I. Needs Assessment/Goals:
Program Goals: Reduce the crime, poverty, and dropout rates in the five-mile area that we work among.
Haltom City has one of the highest poverty rates in all of Tarrant County at a little over 16%.
Not only does the city have a high poverty rate, our area of focus which is south of 820 and north of 121 (*see attached map of focused area) has an estimate 30% poverty rate for a 5 square mile area. This area has an est. 4,000 school aged children, that attend Title 1 schools with 90% of the students that are economically disadvantaged.
One of our primary areas of focus, Spanish Square apartments, has these statistics:
II. Program objectives:
AUYD serves children and youth (ages 5-18) in the *targeted area in south Haltom City. Currently we work with over 100 children/youth.
- Develop a matrix and web of mentors, community members and staff that create lasting, long term and life changing relationships with children and youth through group and individual mentoring programs.
- Promote meaningful, practical, and hands on applications of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects in after school and weekend programs through project-based learning.
- Provide counseling and psychosocial services to the children and youth in all programs.
- Assess the needs of the local schools in the service area, and align our programs with the districts academic and social needs.
- Become a catalyst of love, resilience, and community in Haltom City through programs, partnerships, and consulting.
AUYD is improving the lives of the children/youth it serves in academic, social, and family components of their lives.
Program expected outcomes:
- By 2031 reduce the amount of crime in three mile area of Haltom City by 25%
- By 2031 reduce the poverty rate in three mile area of Haltom City to 15%
- By 2031 reduce the drop out rate in three mile area by 50%
- By 2018 95% of participants graduate high school
- By 2018 20% of participants choose careers in STEM fields.
- Participants in the program for 12 months or longer achieve increased grades, acceptable behavioral ratings, and increased school attendance.
By combining a dynamic list of data sources, AUYD hopes to track not only the students immediate progress, but the progress of the entire target zone. AUYD feels that by multi-tiered programming, we can not only change the lives of children/youth but also the entire community. This type of data cannot be collected in months, but through years of dedicated service to the community.
IV. Project Performance Measures
Quantitative and Qualitative data are collected through the following channels:
- Students report cards (Tracking English, Math, and Science Scores; Behavior Marks; Attendance records)
- Parent, Child, and School Staff Surveys
- Volunteer Surveys
- Yearly Crime Stats from target zone
- U.S. Census Data