AFTER-SCHOOL and Mentoring PROGRAMS
Keeping Kids Safe and On Track:
2012-13 Annual Investment of $2.1 million in 17 After-School programs
2012-13 Annual Investment of $1 million in 8 Mentoring programs
Quality after-school programs provide older students a safe place to learn and have fun while mentoring programs offer vital one-on-one help to increase academic and social skills. After-school and mentoring programs provide at-risk children with safe, constructive activities that promote academic achievement and provide positive and consistent adult and peer role models. These programs increase children’s engagement in school and reduce the number of youth victimized by crime.
Research shows that after-school programs and mentoring programs help children improve school attendance and academic performance as well as decrease problem behaviors such as drug and alcohol use.
Students in Portland city schools who attended programs funded by the Portland Children’s Levy showed improvements in academics, attendance and behavior.
AFTER-SCHOOL/MENTORING OUTCOMES (from 2011-12)
80 percent of students in these programs attended school at least 90 percent of the time.
75 percent of these students who were suspended or expelled the previous year received fewer or no referrals resulting in suspension or expulsion last year.
83 percent of these students improved their attitude/connection to school.
76 percent of these students increased/maintained high self confidence/positive social behaviors.