PYE Evaluation Report Published
“The Creative Community Model offers a powerful foundation for designing and delivering quality youth programs.”
It’s estimated that around 21% of children around the world live below the poverty line, while more than 100 million young people have no access at all to education. Being a young person in today’s society is a complex business, no matter where in the world you grow up. Rising living costs, unemployment, diminishing world resources and an increase in youth violence are among just a handful of factors that make being young a very different experience today than it was for many of us.
For several years the PYE team have been working around the world with a single goal – to reach out to and empower as many young people as possible. To do this we use our unique arts-based approach that is designed to improve confidence, awareness and community values. We call our model of work the Creative Community Model.
It’s important to us to understand the impact and the value of our work in order to make sure we’re using our resources wisely in the pursuit of our goals, which is why we commissioned an evaluation report to look at our work between 2010 and 2012. It looked at the three main areas of our work: youth camps, trainings for youth-serving individuals and our partnership model. To compile the report the evaluators surveyed almost 1000 people from 8 countries (UK, USA, India, Canada, Uganda, Brazil, South Africa and Colombia) on 5 continents. They also conducted in depth interviews and observed the PYE team at work.
The final report was published at the beginning of the year, and in all three areas, the results have been astounding. Download the full evaluation report here.
Our youth camps are aimed at young people aged 12-18 and are typically residential. The report found that 91% of the young people who attended reported that they had experienced a boost in self-confidence during their stay. The report also found that camps based on the Creative Community Model were effective in helping young people to feel safe and supported, whilst motivating them to reach out and become active members of their community.
One youth from India described how the program intentionally “builds up a supportive community” while a youth from Brazil said that the best thing about the camp was “the respect and understanding from everyone.” A youth from England reported that “I felt safe, like I could be myself all the time without being put down.”
The report also found that our trainings for youth-serving professionals are highly rated by the people who attend and meet real needs in a wide range of communities, leading to increased professional opportunities for trained practitioners.
A South African trainee stated that the training addresses “a brilliant collection of really practical skills.” A training participant in India reported that the training develops skills around creating a safe space and communicating with others. “As a facilitator I give people a safe space. Many participants have found me open and feel okay to talk about anything.”
Youth serving professionals who had attended the trainings said that their sense of their own creativity had improved – scoring this an average of 4.4 out of a possible 5.
At PYE, we’re really proud of our unique partnership model, which allows us to reach large numbers of young people and to leave a lasting legacy. We partner with organizations that are already successful at reaching large numbers of young people and offer them training and support to improve the effectiveness of their interaction with the youth by introducing elements of the Creative Community Model.
The report found that our partnership model catalyzes the organization to meaningfully change their youth program delivery models and positively change the meeting and work environment within the organization.
Partner staff and training attendees reported that participating in PYE’s training encouraged them to make meaningful improvements to their program delivery model. Most commonly, partner organization staff and training participants cite changing their youth program format or structure to allow for more lengthy and intensive contact with youth. As one program partner staff member stated, “We actually changed the format of our program based on [the Creative Community] model. We now have more weeklong overnight camps, weekend non- residential art camps and holiday week intensives that go more in depth. This is a big contrast to the once a week after school program that was our primary program delivery model.”
We are really proud of the results of the report and even more importantly, of the people who’s hard work and dedication to youth empowerment made it a reality.