PYA Proven Results

PYA Proven Results

PYA's 5-year proof of concept effort has demonstrated its success. Students were assessed each academic year to measure outcomes. PYA's programs were tailored to the unique needs of each child, based on their assessment data. All of the outcomes were independently measured and reported by The Institute for Urban Policy Research at The University of Texas at Dallas. The Institute uses grade data and social-emotional data from the Achenbach System of Empirical Behavioral Analysis (ASEBA) Child Behavior Checklist (CBC) to measure outcomes. 

In 2014/2015 PYA served over 739 at-risk students in 3 sites, providing collaborative after-school care educational and enrichment programs, mentoring and social-emotional support: 

  • They experienced an average 8.5 point increase in math grades and an average 7.4 point increase in English grades. 
  • They were 46% more likely to be rated in the "normal" social-emotional range at the end of the school year, despite parents reporting "clinical" level concerns at the beginning of the school year.

In 2015/2016 over 1275 members were enrolled in the PYA after school programs at 7 different sites. The UTD Study at the end of this past year reinforces that PYA Board's original idea that the PYA collaborative programs have produced a positive change in a child's socio-emotional wellbeing (see Appendix A).