Resource Development Associates, Fall 2005
Following the first evaluation of the Quality Standards, in year two the evaluation expanded its focus by taking its next step toward assessing all of the Quality Standards and began to analyze Long-Term Standards and Outcomes. Most Beacon centers met many of the standards, with a significant number changing from “In Progress” in 2003/2004 to “Met” in 2004/2005. The majority of the Beacon centers emerged as comprehensive program environments where youth felt safe, were encouraged to succeed, and learned to build a sense of community. Beacon centers were seen as working ever more in partnership with their host schools to meet the needs of students and the surrounding community. Where centers were less successful in meeting standards across the board, significant outside environmental influences such as major restructuring at the host school, or community violence were observed to be critical challenges.