Program Impact

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  • Data collected from pre- and post-program evaluations indicates success across the following outcomes for the City Spotlights Leadership Program 2016:

    Program participants value arts and artistic experiences.

  • 89% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they are confident performing in front of an audience. They also reported agreeing that they can speak in front of audience clearly and confidently (53%).
  • 86% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they can express themselves clearly and effectively through music, acting, and/or dance. 31% more new participants also reported agreeing with this ability (31%).
  • Program participants develop confidence, leadership, and job skills by leading outreach with diverse groups, giving and receiving feedback, handling conflict, and working with timelines, goals, and teams.

  • 85% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they are comfortable receiving feedback. 72% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they can give detailed feedback to others. 36% more new participants agreed with this ability.
  • 75% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they can work through difficult situations. 38% more returning participants agreed more with this ability than when they first started.
  • 71% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they see themselves as a leader. 50% more new participants agreed with this statement at the end of the program.
  • Program participants become life-long learners by recognizing alternative pathways to learning, developing comfort engaging in the classroom, and integrating arts skills in other learning.

  • 67% of participants agreed or strongly agreed feeling confident in presenting ideas and knowledge to new people. New participants especially agreed more with this ability by the end of the program (42%).
  • 89% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they push themselves to achieve new goals. 39% of new participants agreed more that they push themselves to achieve new goals by the end of the program.
  • 75% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they can work through difficult situations. 38% more of returning participants agreed with this ability by the end of the program.
  • 85% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they are comfortable receiving constructive feedback by the end of the program (33% new). 72% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they can give detailed feedback to others by the end of the program (36% new).
  • Program participants become engaged members of their community by creating and leading interactive workshops for local youth in Boston-area neighborhoods

  • 39% more new participants agreed that they can engage with others in a discussion about social issues by the end of the program. 77% of all participants agreed or strongly agreed that they saw themselves as an advocate for social change, with 36% more new participants agreeing with this statement.
  • 40% more participants agreed that they saw themselves as a leader by the end of the program. 50% of these participants were new. A total of 71% of all participants agreed or strongly agreed with this statement by the end of the program.
  • 74% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they were comfortable teaching a skill to others at the end of the program.
  • More new participants also agreed with this ability by the end of the program (42%).
  • 70% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they can make a difference in their community.
  • The program left an indelible mark on each of the 61 Teen Leaders, providing them with the critical leadership lessons that have enhanced the confident and the concrete skills needed to succeed in future classrooms, college applications, job interviews; whatever future ventures they pursue.

    2016 City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program - By the Numbers
    61 City Spotlights Leaders (ages 15-19)
    1 Alumni Intern (age 19+)
    7 Junior Assistants (all alumni of Education programs)
    4 Teaching Artist Assistants
    5 Teaching Artists
    15 Special Guest Speakers/Artists
    33,477 Audience Members through 329 Street Performances
    1,201 Youth Participants through 23 Leader-led Workshops at Community Center, Camp, and Library sites
    22 Neighborhoods through Street Performances and Community Workshops
    425+ Final Showcase Audience Members

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