As we prepare for another summer of sending motivated students to exceptional summer programs, we like to look back and assess the impact that attending these programs have on students’ success. After students returned from their adventures last summer, we asked them to tell us about their experience in our post-program survey. Here are some highlights:
100% of students are on track to graduate high school.
100% of students plan to attend college.
When asked how their Wishbone experience impacted their plans for the future, students wrote:
“After going to my summer program [in engineering], I am 100% sure that I want to pursue engineering.”
“My time spent on Skidmore’s campus allowed me to get a better understanding of the different college settings…Also, through this experience I now know that a small college is the best option for me.”
100% of students rated their overall program experience via Wishbone as “good” or “excellent.”
“I enjoyed the lectures and small group discussions. I learned a lot about the basics of medicine and learned what I need to be prepared for medical school…I also enjoyed the hands-on activities that we took part in to help us get a feel for what doctors do in their fields. It was an amazing experience!”
“I loved how the staff really treated us like college students…it gave us a lot of independence.”
71% of students reported that their ability to express themselves through writing has improved as a result of their participation in Wishbone.
74% of students said their ability to manage time effectively and complete tasks on time has improved.
77% of students reported a more positive attitude toward school as a result of their Wishbone experience.
“This definitely makes me more excited for the college process. I will have to go through similar steps, such as the application and interview, and it now seems less scary.”
84% of students said that they have used the skills they have developed through Wishbone to inspire and help other students apply to out-of-school programs.
94% of students reported that their ability to adapt to new and different environments has improved.
“This program experience gave me a glimpse of what college would be like. It is a lot of independence and it will be a little hard at first to meet new people but it’ll also be fun.”
100% of students said that the compassion and support from the Wishbone community and the belief in them by others had a positive influence.
“I am grateful that Wishbone believed in me and that I was able to participate in such a great opportunity.”
“With the support of the Wishbone community I pushed myself more because I knew that I was not in the process alone, and that there were individuals who thought I had potential.”
What Did Their Teachers Say?
We asked teachers to comment on changes and growth they noticed in their students:
100% of teachers reported increased levels of confidence in students who participated in Wishbone.
83% of teachers reported increased curiosity and eagerness to learn.
92% of teachers said that students who participated in Wishbone were better prepared to apply to college.
“[Wishbone] gave my students a chance to participate in programs that were previously out of their families’ reach financially. This means exposure to new ideas, cultures, peoples, and tons of preparation for their transition into college.”
“[The student] seems even more interested in Engineering than ever and hopes to continue to design and tinker.”
“[The student] learned to face a new challenge head-on, and she overcame her meekness. She’s a better communicator and seems more confident and vocal, plus she’s more familiar with technology and computers.”
“It was a big deal for [the student] to overcome her shyness and travel to San Francisco, take college art classes and challenge herself to learn new material. She feels more well-rounded in her art skills, more creative, and more independent and responsible – which is great for her preparation to go to college next year!”
“The program helped [the student] build independence and see the possibility of going to college. In the past, he’s seen it as a distant future option, but now he’s starting to grasp college as his reality.”
“The students have re-entered high school with increased confidence and momentum towards college. They were deeply inspired by the friends they made and the faculty they met, and are working hard to make sure they will be eligible to attend these institutions in just a few short years.”
“We as a school, and the students individually, are so thankful for Wishbone’s help in finding and attending these programs. You are truly helping make a difference for them!”