When we first set up the RBC After School Project, we relied on research and advice from leading experts in the field of education. From the panel of Canadian education experts, we learned that:
That’s why we support community-based organizations that provide after school programs in a safe, structured environment, especially those in at-risk or inner-city communities.
Since then, the program has helped almost 29,000 children learn, grow and prepare for the future.
As the RBC After School Project enters a more mature stage, we want to ensure that our investments in after school programs continue to make a positive impact. That’s why we went “back to school” -- to the University of Toronto -- to learn how well our program is working and where we can make improvements to continue to help kids graduate from high school and become gainfully employed.
The two-phase evaluation, completed by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, explains the barriers to access and benefits after school programs have on the educational and social needs of students, their families, and communities. The study discovered the following characteristics in children that regularly participate in after school programs.