In 2014, the Cook County Justice Advisory Council awarded the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) a Violence Prevention, Intervention and Reduction Demonstration Grant – FY2015 to deliver the Youth Asset Development Project (YADP) to 117 at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 18 residing in Chicago’s Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Greater Grand Crossing, South Shore, and Roseland communities.
Tapestry Consulting served as the independent evaluator performing a program evaluation of YADP that features a comprehensive process (formative) evaluation as well as an outcomes (summative) evaluation. The evaluation report covers results for all cohorts of youth participants in YADP enrolled by Delivery Partners: Teamwork Englewood, Target Area Development Corporation and South Shore Drill Team. Participants attended 12-week sessions that included Conflict Resolution Training (Think First Curriculum), Mentoring (Achieving Success) and Restorative Justice Practices (Peacekeeping Circles). Approximately 61 YADP participants completed both pre- and post-test surveys.
For your review, below are 1) YADP Evaluation 2015 Executive Summary and 2) YADP Evaluation 2015 Full Report. As you will notice in the evaluation, the majority of participants reported significant increases concerning their confidence in their ability to deal with conflict, including an increase in ability to self-calm, and increase in confidence concerning talking out disagreements, and an increase in their perceived ability to walk away from violence. YADP participants also reported positive increases in their perception of school, ability to persist into college, and interact in professional environments. Survey findings suggest an enhancing of interpersonal relationships and increased optimism concerning future circumstances.
As we begin to explore strategies for expanding the YADP program model to other Chicago neighborhoods, and other communities throughout Illinois, we very much welcome opportunities to discuss how we might partner with your school, community based organization or place of worship.
If you have any questions, or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Special Initiatives Coordinator, at 312.850.4444 ext.258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.