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Our Results

Building values for life since 1887

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Our Results
Building values for life since 1887

What we have known to be true through alumni and parent anecdote after anecdote, research data now confirms: our program approach helps youth develop skills and values proven to contribute to a thriving and productive life. We build values for life.

We believe in utilizing data to ensure we are delivering the program quality and life-long impact for which we are known. We utilize several methods to measure our programs’ impact: statistically-validated camper evaluation surveys, qualitative Value Catchers, and parent surveys.

The results of these evaluations are reviewed by the Executive Director and Senior Program Team and play an instrumental role in effecting the logic model and program implementation strategies for the coming year. We believe that it is through on-going program evaluation and improvement that we ensure that our children and teens step into the world more prepared for its challenges.

1. Strategies That Work

Trail Blazers works with Algorhythm, who specializes in capturing data to evaluate and improve social impact. Their program evaluation instrument is based on statistically validated constructs of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Youth Development (PYD), and considers the implementation of program strategies proven to help develop competencies that contribute to long term success. Trail Blazers’ program elements proven to foster positive youth outcomes:

Living in rustic smallcamps

Unplugging from technology and from the city and being immersed in the outdoors is a hands-on way to engage youth, to learn about nature, and to develop environmental science literacy

Positive, supportive environment

Small groups, high staff-to-child ratios, and absence of competitive sports in preference for team-building activities help build community and socio-emotional growth

New friends and positive peer relationships

Camper diversity helps create a unique space where campers can meet people they wouldn't ordinarily meet and having older campers work with younger campers helps them learn from each other

Value Catcher & Growth Mindsets

Celebrating effort and realizing that the journey and the process is just as important as the end result reinforces the notion that everyone can learn, grow, and achieve

Exploring interests and new things

Our decentralized program model enables youth to act upon their curiosity and learn to learn as well as try new things to step outside of their comfort zone

Vagabond and other goal-setting activities

Setting high goals and learning to work through challenges, even when they are hard, helps build confidence in one's competence and builds resilience

2. Skills and Values

Algorhythm’s camper surveys measure the development of six competencies: Self-Management, Positive Identity, Academic Self-Efficacy, Social Skills, Social Capital, and Contribution – which have been proven to help youth grow in the short-term and be successful in the long-term. The surveys demonstrated that, as a result of their two-week participation in Trail Blazers’ summer program, 87% of our campers step into the world more prepared for its challenges.

87% of all campers demonstrated significant growth in at least one of the following competencies, proven to help youth grow in the short-term and be successful in the long-term:

Self Management

41% made significant gains in this skill, which correlates with higher grade point averages and standardized test scores, fewer suspensions and expulsions, and improved social development

Positive Identity

45% made significant gains in this trait, which correlates with higher confidence, sense of empowerment to make decisions for themselves, resiliency in the face of challenges, and reduced behavioral problems

Academic Self-Efficacy

26% made significant gain in this skill, which correlates with confidence in ability to learn, higher grades and standardized test scores, fewer suspensions and expulsions, and longer-term gains in career growth

Social Capital

36% made significant gains in building these positive bonds, which correlates with building a support network and sense of belonging within their environment

Social Skills

39% made significant gains in skills and traits such as caring and empathy, which correlates with positive social interactions, and an internal standards of behavior that creates positive environments

Contribution

41% made significant gains in this trait, which correlates with positive purpose and positive societal movement, fewer suspensions and expulsions, and improved social development