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Year Published: 2016
This evaluation examines if during the summer of 2016, the Young Audiences Summer Arts and Learning Academy’s (YA Academy) program goals were met in the following areas: program attendance, improvement in math and writing skills, growth in social-emotional development, student enjoyment of the program, and parent satisfaction. Students who had high levels of participation in YA Academy saw gains in their math and writing skills and knowledge, as well as improvements in their social-emotional growth. Overall, this evaluation found that YA Academy was able to meet the majority of the goals they had set for summer 2016, meeting or exceeding their goals set for academic achievement in math and writing, students’ social-emotional growth, and parent satisfaction with the program.
Program Name: The Young Audiences Summer Arts and Learning Academy
Program Description: Young Audiences began in Baltimore in 1950, and in 2017 is the nation’s largest arts-in-education provider. As a Young Audiences affiliated program, the Young Audiences Summer Arts and Learning Academy (YA Academy) was created with the intention of reducing summer learning loss through arts-related learning, teaching literacy and math through the arts. During the summer of 2016, the free program was held at four sites across Baltimore City with locations at Gardenville Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle, William Pinderhughes Elementary, and Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle schools.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Summer
Location: Baltimore, MD
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School
Program Demographics: Eighty-eight percent of students who participated in the Young Audiences Summer Arts and Learning Academy during the summer of 2016 were from high-poverty, Title 1 schools.
Program Website: http://www.yamd.org/