To isolate the impact of the program on young people’s outcomes, C2C partnered with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab to rigorously evaluate the program’s impact on behavioral and academic outcomes through a randomized controlled trial. Below is a brief review of the mid-study findings.
Reduced engagement in violence and justice system interactions
C2C shows persistent impact on reducing both justice system contact & violence engagement 2-3 years after the program starts.
Justice System Contact
Improved engagement in school attendance and misconduct
Through participation in the program, C2C improves youth engagement with the traditional school system.
During my expedition with YAP and Children’s Home & Aid I went through a variety of things… [the] excellent coaches of these two programs deserve the credit as to why I am standing here free, alive, and a Black man in Chicago.― Malik Hicks, C2C Alum
I would have never graduated high school and I wouldn’t have been in college. None of the stuff that’s happened that has made me better myself would have happened. I still would’ve been here in the same situation and probably homeless. [C2C] saved my life.― Miracle Holman, C2C Alum