North Shore Teen Evaluation – Part II
April 25th, 2013
Beginning with a Planning Grant in 2007, the North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI) has designed, developed, launched, and implemented community-based teen education and engagement in 23 towns and cities north of Boston. The Foundation is supporting efforts to transition NSTI to be sustained by local funding.
The evaluation details the achievement of NSTI’s outcomes from 2009-2012. In particular, the evaluation examines outcomes related to market penetration and awareness. Using research conducted among teens and parents in Spring/Summer 2012, Summation Research also examines the impact NSTI has on participants, focusing on (1) how they’re being influenced “Jewishly” and (2) whether NSTI can expect financial support from families going forward as the program transitions from grant to locally-based funding.
Research on NSTI teen participants is encouraging and suggests NSTI is successfully influencing their Jewish engagement and identity. In addition, despite significant ambiguity surrounding current funding (e.g., source, duration), there appears to be strong sentiment among parents towards helping to maintain the program in the future.