In the last 4 years, we have served over 350 students (and their parents) who were at risk of dropping out. 91% of Teens Act senior students achieved on-time high school graduation. 86% of our students will be the first generation to complete college education.
Teens Act was recognized as a Bright Spot by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics for the work we do in helping students in Provo! This is an incredible honor for our program!
"I definitely feel differently about my future since I've been in the class. [The mentors] just showed that they’re there for me and they push me ... They help you with school stuff, help you to go to classes, do your work; it helps me a lot"
- Michael, Teens Act student
In 2014-2015, we served approximately 90 underserved students and their parents at both Provo and Independence High Schools (including the entire sophomore class at Independence), implementing all three aspects of our College Preparation Course: the Student Success Class, Parent Support Program, and After School Tutoring.
67% of our students were ethnic minorities and of that, 84% were Hispanic. 73% of our students were on the free or reduced lunch program. Many of our students were from low-income families with no college education or were from families that are new to the United States and our education system.
See how Teens Act changed the life of Independence High student Kenny Whimpey. Read the report of his trip to the National Academy of Future Physicians at Harvard, made possible by his participation in Teens Act. Check out his experience in Teens Act through this video.
On July 15, 2015; Teens Act collaborated with Timpanogos Elementary’s Parent Program to host a Parent’s Night Tour at UVU. There were 15 families in attendance to make it a huge success. Of those who attended, 12 of the 15 were hispanic. Most of the parents had not attended college themselves, the tour provided a way for them to get involved early in their child’s education. This event was able to get parents and students more excited and informed about college preparation for the future. See the report here.
Read our 2014-2015 reports for detailed information:
- Quarter 1 (2014-2015)
- Quarter 2 (2014-2015)
- Quarter 3 (2014-2015)
- 2014-2015 Annual Report
- BYU Sociology's Impact Report
Watch out impact video!
During the 2013-2014 school year, Teens Act worked in Provo High School, Independence High School and Jordan High School. In Winter 2013, we made the decision to keep our program local and work with the students at Provo and Independence High. Unlike previous years, we started an approved elective Student Success Class that is taken during the day in all three high schools.
As result, we added over 70 at-risk students, serving a total of 91 students that school year. 81% of students were minority students, and we achieved 90% attendance rate. So far, 86% of the students graduated from high school, and some of them are still in high school. We also continually offered After School Tutoring and the Parent Support Program.
Our class emphasizes the importance of academics and college and teaches students how to develop non-cognitive skills. Each student is paired with a college mentor who is present in the class each day and sets goals with the student. Guest speakers are an integral part of our curriculum, motivating students to do their very best.
Click HERE to read the 2013-2014 annual report.