Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
While Rae’s Hope does reduce risk, our work is more accurately described as creating opportunity, nurturing potential and inspiring achievement. We recognize that it is the individual who—through her actions and attitudes--must create a different life and set of possibilities for herself. This is more likely to happen if she has self-esteem, at least one caring adult in her life, access to knowledge and support, exposure to the larger community and an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the world. Athletics are a powerful tool with many girls. Other girls may feel proud that they improved their reading test scores. We believe in practical education and the opportunities to practice new skills in real life.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
The purpose of Rae's Hope is to establish long-term relationships and build personal skills with at risk girls to develop resilience and offer an alternative to self-destructive behaviors such as gangs, drug use, teen pregnancy and dropping out of school. Through its programming, Rae’s Hope improves healthy behaviors, increases social support and decreases social isolation to build self-esteem, ultimately producing happy, healthy, empowered and productive members of society.
Significant outcomes include:
• To date, Rae’s Hope has a 100% high school graduation rate from three under-performing schools as compared to 83% for DISD (includes magnet and other high-performing schools. (DISD does not disclose the graduation rates of individual schools).
• Only 1 in 41 of our girls have become pregnant as compared to 1 in 9 in in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Empowering at risk girls to take charge of their lives and become productive members of their community. Most of Rae’s Hope at risk participants are Black and Hispanic where the family lives in poverty in distressed and disadvantaged communities with under-resourced schools and high unemployment rates. Rae’s Hope offers an innovative research-based, data driven, outcome focused solution to key challenges at risk girls face in North Texas. Risks include failing one or more grade levels, being expelled, legal troubles, becoming a parent or having limited English proficiency.