ERIC Number: ED462529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Mustering the Armies of Compassion in Philadelphia: An Analysis of One Year of Literacy Programming in Faith-Based Institutions.
Hangley, Bill, Jr.; McClanahan, Wendy S.
This report examines the efforts of Youth Education for Tomorrow (YET), a best-practices-based literacy program developed by a group of faith-based schools, churches, and community organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In each YET Center, a qualified teacher and volunteer assistants helped children improve as readers using proven techniques. Classes were held in neighborhood faith-based settings 4 days a week after school and during the summer. Classes were designed to be fun and engaging, and improvements were measured with periodic tests. Evaluation results indicate that overall, the YET program helped children, but the process of implementing YET was complex and difficult, challenging sites in myriad ways that highlighted the diversity and independence of faith-based institutions. Children who attended YET Centers for 6 months or more gained 1.9 years in reading ability. Those who came fewer than 100 sessions registered an average gain of 1.1 grades. The average elementary student was a third grader entering the program reading at a first grade level and after 4 months reached a second grade level. The average high school youth gained a full grade reading level after 3 months. A list of the October 2001 YET Center locations is appended. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Churches, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy Education, Program Effectiveness, Reading Improvement, Reading Skills, Religious Education, School Community Programs
For full text: http://www.ppv.org/pdffiles/mustering.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)