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Why Try Program

PO Box 970907
Orem, UT 84097
http://www.whytry.org
Contact Information
Christain Moore
Director
866-949-8791
christian@whytry.org

Program Specifications

Emphasis:

Prevention, Intervention

Age/Grade Level:

Middle School, High School

Gender:

Male/Female

Ethnicity:

Unspecified

Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City

Target Groups:

Clusters/Groups

Other Participation Criteria:

Unspecified

Description

The Why Try Program is a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics. Youth are taught social and emotional principles through a series of 10 pictures that teaches a discrete principle. These visuals are then reinforced by music and physical activities.

Program Descriptors Include:

Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Counseling/Advisors/Coaches, Literacy Development, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Program Rating:

Moderate Evidence

Starting Year:

1996

Students Served Per Year:

500+

Last Verified:

May 28th, 2009

Strategies for Locating Students:

Unspecified

Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:

Unspecified

Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Lack of effort

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:


Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers

Materials Used:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
Students who completed the Why Try Program showed significant improvement in GPA, had fewer absences that the control group, and showed significant reduction in number of failed courses.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information:
Relevant URL: http://www.whytry.org/research.php