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Youth Outcomes Executive Summary

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Youth Outcomes Executive Summary

  1. 1. Community Bicycle Center: Youth Outcomes Measurement 10/17/2013 Purpose:The purpose of this outcomes measurement survey is to increase ourunderstanding of the lifeskillsyouth develop during their participation at the Community Bicycle Center (CBC). Secondarily, the results will inform program designs to more effectively develop skills, attitudes, and beliefs in the youth we serve. Participants:Twenty-four youth participated in the survey (11 male, 13 female). Youth who attended CBC programming a minimum of 20 times in a given year over the last two years were selected for the survey.Age breakdown of participants:Twenty-two percent (22%)of youth were between 8-10 years old, 26% were between 11-13 years old, 43% were between 14-16 years old, and 9% of youth were 17 years and older. Frequency breakdown of participants: Eight percent (8%) of youth reported attending CBC programming 20-30 times, 17% reported 30-40 times, and 75% of youth reported attending CBC programming 40 or more times per year. Survey:The youth outcomes survey was comprised of questions related to participants life skill development during their tenure at the CBC. Questions were developed that correlated with the internal and external assetsdefined by the Search Institute*andthe 15 essential life skillsdefined bySusan Kovalik and Associates (1992) **. Questions were answered on a scale ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree with a neutral option. Youth were asked to take the survey during open shop hours at the CBC in order to explain questions if needed. All individual responses are confidential. Results:All survey questions averaged an 82%positive response rate, and an average of 8% negative response rate. Ten percent of responses were neutral.Of the 24youth surveyed, 100% reported that since attending CBC programming they felt comfortable talking to an adult they could trust, and were comfortable asking for help (External Assets: Support and Empowerment). Additionally, 96% of youth agreed that when they attempt to do something they give their best effort and 92% of youth enjoyed trying new things since they began attending the CBC (LIFESKILLS: Effort and Curiosity). Eighty-eight percent of participants reported they had more patience, integrity, and pride since they started attending CBC programming (Internal Assets: Positive Values and Positive Identity; LIFESKILLS: Patience and Integrity). Respondents also reported being better problem solvers, more caring of other people, having more fun without hurting others, and teaching the skills they have learned to others (External Assets: Empowerment; Internal Assets: Positive Values; LIFESKILLS: Problem Solving, Caring and Sense of Humor). Fifty-two percent (52%) of youth reported that they are more fit since attending the CBC. Youth selfreported feeling better about themselves, having healthier eating habits, having stronger muscles, being able to think more clearly, losing weight, having more confidence, and an increase in social skills. Two youth reported that their chronic asthma had reduced to bronchial spasms because of their participation in CBC bike rides. Youth also reported that the skills they have learned at the CBC have been transferable to other areas of their lives including school. Youth attributed the CBC to helping them stay composed and better focused during tests, making and keeping friends, being more organized, respecting their peers and other adults, and a curiosity to learn new things. *INTERNAL&EXTERNALASSETS: AsdefinedbytheSearchInstitute,developmentalassets(internalandexternal)representtherelationships,opportunities,andpersonalqualitiesyoungpeopl eneedtoavoidriskandthrive.Themoreassetsyoungpeoplehave,thelesslikelytheyaretoengageinhigh–riskbehavior. **LIFESKILLS: AsdefinedbytheWorldHealthOrganization,lifeskillsarethe“abilitiesforadaptiveandpositivebehaviorthatenableindividualstodealeffectivelywiththedem andandchallengesofeverydaylife.”CBCfocusesonspecificlifeskill‐sets,whichinclude:problemsolving,communication,andgoalpersistence.

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