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Year Published: 2012
An evaluation of the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Summer program, which served 8,756 K-8 students at 66 sites across 8 states during the summer of 2012. The evaluation found that BELL Summer program participants made significant gains in reading and math, gaining an average of 5.8 months of reading skills and 6.7 months of math skills. Students who were struggling the most academically when entering the program saw the largest gains in reading and math skills. An overwhelming majority of teachers and parents surveyed for the evaluation reported that they agreed that students’ participating in the program made gains in their self-efficacy, engagement in school, and behavior.
Program Name: Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Summer Program
Program Description: Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) Summer Program, incorporated in 1992, served more than 13,000 PreK-8th grade students annually at 115 community sites across 21 states during the summer of 2015, an increase from their 2012 Summer Evaluation Report, where the program served 8,756 K-8 students at 66 sites community sites across 8 states during the summer of 2012. The program was created to provide youth from under-resourced communities with the opportunity to transform their academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories. The program and partnership models of BELL also focus on engaging parents and communities in the education of their children.
Scope of the Evaluation: National
Program Type: Summer
Location: The 66 sites were located in Baltimore, MD; Boston & Springfield, MA; Detroit, MI; Charlotte & Winston-Salem, NC; Newark, NJ; New York City, NY; San Jose & San Rafael, CA; and Spartanburg, SC.
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Program Website: http://www.experiencebell.org/