how do we measure success
At the forefront of everything we do is our commitment to helping young people develop the skills and values needed to thrive as adults. What we have known to be true through many enjoyable alumni and parent anecdotes, research also confirms: the Trail Blazers approach works.
Success is only possible if we know what we are doing and how we are doing it. Data helps us understand what our true impact is, what is working, and what needs to be improved. Guided by our strategic plan, the five essential questions below provide a yardstick by which to measure our progress, keep us focused as we grow, and—most important—help us keep the promises we make to our campers and their families.
We work hard to cultivate inclusive camp and school programs, accessible to all who believe in the power of our program. To understand who our campers and families are, our measurements include family zip codes; self-reported demographic information such as race, ethnicity, and gender identity; and economic status. We gather data using parent surveys, camper registration forms, and demographic questions included in evaluator surveys. LGBTQIA+ identification is a data point we are including in future surveys.
51% of families served
MAKE LESS THAN $60,000 ANNUALLY
The official poverty measure increases by a constant amount ($4,320) per individual in a household; this does not adequately reflect the increased cost of meeting basic needs. According to the “Defining Self-Sufficiency in New York City” report by City Harvest (2018), while there are 14% of households living below the official federal poverty threshold, 40% of households in NYC living below the self-sufficiency standard. Believing that families know their individual circumstances better than we do and that W-2s do not tell the whole story, we ask parents to self-select a payment tier that best first their needs. We have additional scholarships available for those for whom the program remains out of reach.
The following graphs depict a breakdown of camper demographic information collected in 2019.