This report marks a second full year of data collection and analysis, building on work we began in February 2015, when we created and implemented a Program Evaluation and Assessment Protocol, funded through the generosity of the Victoria and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundations. The results of our evaluation efforts will continue to inform our policies, practices and programming choices for the coming year.
Throughout this report we refer to STEAM. STEM + Art = STEAM. In this climate of continued economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Traditional innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Yet we know that Art creates Value and a pathway forward for our youth and young adults. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century. We add Art + Design to the equation — to transform STEM into STEAM.
In this report we pay particular attention to the GlassRoots / Penland Fellowship, our newest initiative. We are especially excited about this fellowship as it expands upon and extends our mission to inspire underserved youth to think creatively and realize a new vision for their future. At the same time it provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits with which to start their post-high school education.
Our data, both the quantifiable and anecdotal, show that GlassRoots’ programming for youth and young adults is successful and achieving program objectives, as evidenced in, among other measurement; high scores for program satisfaction, intent to recommend our programming to others, returning students, and participants who stated an intent to return to GlassRoots for more classes or workshops.
We are proud that GlassRoots serves a diverse constituency that reflects the community of Newark and surrounding communities, and look forward to your thoughts on our progress.