In this presentation the means utilized and the results obtained from engaging youth in process and outcomes evaluations of an out-of-school-time program will be presented. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, an out-of-school-time, collaborative program, known as "Houston's Kids" (or HK), was developed and implemented with the intention of addressing the needs of displaced and other at-risk youth in a single community. As part of HK, youth participants in HK were engaged both in participatory and empowerment evaluations designed to assess the program's implementation and outcomes, which included changes in developmental assets(www.SearchInstiute.org) and academic performance among the approximately 300 program enrollees. True panels of data that tracked changes in the same individual participants over a school year were employed as were data on a sample of control or "comparison" subjects.
Problems and prospects of engaging youth in the evaluations as well as evaluation findings are discussed.
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