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Research and Impact

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:

  • The process of a child dropping out of school is not sudden. It builds over years.
  • Local programs, tailored to regional needs, have a high rate of success.
  • Programs that keep kids occupied after school ends for the day can have a positive impact.

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.

Research on Impact

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.

  • More likely to complete their homework, achieve higher grades and are less likely to drop out of school;
  • Higher self-esteem, which in turn can increase math and reading scores;
  • Improved social skills and increased self-confidence;
  • More positive attitude towards school, with a greater interest in pursuing post-secondary education.

Download the RBC Foundation After School Programs Evaluation


Did You Know?

$2.7 million
Donated to 105 community-based organizations in 69 cities across Canada through the RBC After School Project in 2012.


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