Program Evaluability Assessment of the East Lake YMCA Youth and Teen Development Center Program: The Young Women’s Leadership Academy Open Access

Cook, Natascha, Renee (Spring 2018)

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Evaluability Assessment: Eastlake Youth and Teen Development Center-Young Women’s Leadership Academy


Natascha Renee Cook



Evaluability Assessments and Program Evaluations are valuable tools used to provide organizations seeking to strengthen their programs and improve outcomes. The purpose of this program evaluability tool is to support the YMCA leadership with information needed to guide their funding and resource allocation pertaining to the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.  The Eastlake Young Women’s Leadership Academy was created to provide young adolescents female’s opportunities to gain positive life skills and realize their leadership potential by exposing them to professional women and men that can inspire and encourage them to pursue and achieve their dreams.

This program evaluability assessment was conducted to answer questions about the program’s effectiveness, and provide direction for improving this developing program.

The literature review suggests that youth programs that emphasize mentoring as a focus of leadership produce positive outcomes for their participants. The YMCA organization has a profound reputation for leadership, mentoring and positive youth development. The Eastlake Young Women’s Leadership Academy is an example of one such program implemented through the YMCA. This assessment was conducted through interviews, review of program documentation and direct observation of the program. The evaluability assessment was conducted after one year of program implementation and during a time of program re-structuring. The YMCA is a successful organization with a strong foundation in leadership training and youth development which can support the success of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. This assessment concluded with tools that will support and guide the Eastlake YMCA stakeholders in the successful continuation and building of the Young Women’s Leadership Program.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction. 1

Summary Statement. 1

Introduction and Rationale. 2

Theoretical Framework. 4

Program Theory. 5

Inputs. 8

Outputs. 8

Activities. 8

Participation. 9

Outcomes. 9

Purpose Statement. 11

Chapter 2 Literature Review.. 15

Introduction. 15

Mentoring. 15

Evaluation. 18

Youth Development/Youth Leadership. 19

Young Women and Leadership. 22

Summary. 26

Chapter 3 Methodology. 27

Introduction. 27

Population Sample. 27

Assessment/ Research Design. 28

Procedures/Instruments. 28

Review of Program documentation. 29

Interview with the stakeholders. 30

Limitations of the Assessment. 30

Chapter 4 Results. 32

Introduction. 32

Summary. 32

Chapter 5 Recommendations. 35

Introduction. 35

Summary of Evaluability Assessment. 35

Conclusion. 38

Appendices. 44

Appendix A.. 45

Evaluability Assessment: Stakeholder Question. 45

Meeting with the current Youth and Teen Development Center Director: 46

Appendix B. 48

Link to Focus Group Curriculum Sample: 48

Appendix C. 49

Sample Program Survey Questions: 49

Potential Program Evaluation Questions. 49

Appendix C. 51



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