Determining the Effectiveness of the YMCA Twenty-First Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Program in Enhancing Education Performance in New Jersey

Determiningthe Effectiveness of the YMCA Twenty-First Century Community LearningCenter (CCLC) Program in Enhancing Education Performance in NewJersey

Determiningthe Effectiveness of the YMCA Twenty-First Century Community LearningCenter (CCLC) Program in Enhancing Education Performance in NewJersey

Assessingthe YMCA Program

  1. Measures and Approaches that Assess the YMCA Program

TheYMCA Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centre Program aims ataddressing the learning challenges experienced by students in the NewJersey state. The main challenge affecting learners is low academicperformance. The YMCA program strives to assist the students inpublic learning institutions to improve learning outcomes forexample, achieve high scores in quizzes and examinations (YMCA,2016). The program improves the learning needs and outcomes of thestudents.

Thefirst measure for determining the effectiveness of the YMCA programis the test scores. The academic program aims at improving theacademic performance of the students. Students receive after-schoolcoaching in various disciplines. It is, therefore, expected thattheir test results will increase. The second approach of measuringYMCA program effectiveness is innovation. The students in the programare expected to identify several ways of solving mathematical andscience problems (YMCA, 2016). The learners are also taught how tosolve general problems in the society for example, minimizingenvironmental pollution by disposing of household wasteappropriately.

  1. Academic Outcomes Comparison

Theacademic outcome of students in the 21st CCLC program is higher thanthe education achievement of learners who are not part of theprogram. This is because the test scores data provided by theclassroom teachers indicate that students in the 21stCCLC program performed better academically than the students who arenot part of the YMCA program. During the after-school session, thestudents are equipped with additional knowledge and skills in thelearning areas of reading, science, and mathematics. Extra coachingwill translate to high performance in examinations. Students in theYMCA program are better innovators than non-YMCA learners. They are,therefore, better in formulating multiple solutions for mathematicsand science problems. Innovation is an important component oflearning. Learners in the YMCA program are better decision makers. They are taught critical thinking during the after-school program.Critical thinking is important in solving mathematics and scienceproblems (YMCA, 2016).

ResearchDesign Alignment

ResearchProblem and Purpose

Themain problem that the 21stCCLC program aims at addressing is unsatisfactory learning outcomesamong students in the New Jersey state. The purpose of the researchis to analyze the effectiveness of the YMCA program in improving theeducation performance of the students.


Threeresearch questions have been formulated for the research. Thequestions are:

  1. What is the current Education performance level of students in the 21st CCLC program?

  2. What is the 2014 academic performance of learners in the YMCA program?

  3. How does the education outcomes of students in the YMCA program compare with the academic results of other students?

DataCollection Tools

Questionnaireswill be used to collect data about the current performance of theYMCA students. The classroom teachers will fill the questionnaires byindicating the current academic performance of the learners in theYMCA program. The questionnaires will also be used to collect dataabout the 2014 performance of the YMCA students. Interviews will beused to compare education outcomes of students in the YMCA programand learners who are not part of the program. Classroom teachers willprovide data for the interview because they teach both YMCA studentsand non-YMCA learners. The non-YMCA students do not participate inthe 21stCCLC program.

Datapoints Yielded

Thevariable that will be measured by the questionnaire is the currentperformance level of YMCA learners. The questionnaire will alsomeasure the second variable, which is the 2014 performance of YMCAstudents. The interview will generate the variable of comparativeperformance between YMCA students and non-YMCA learners.

DataSources and Analysis

Theclassroom teachers will provide data about the current and 2014academic performance of the students in the 21stCCLC program. The class teachers will provide the data comparing theproductivity of YMCA students and non-YMCA learners. The collecteddata will be analyzed using the statistical measures of dispersion.These measures are mean, mode, and median. The researcher willcalculate the mean of the current and 2014 performance of students inthe YMCA program. The range will be calculated to compare thedifference in education performance between the YMCA and non-YMCAstudents.


YMCA.(2016). 21st Century Community Learning Center. Retrieved from