To assess the impact of our programs, Community Works is measuring results achieved in the areas of problem solving, engagement, and collaboration.

Through surveys of students, teachers and counselors, we have found that the leadership curricula instills a greater sense of respect, a greater propensity to use the skills learned to better their communities and higher levels of self-confidence amongst the students in the participating schools. Students self-reported that the curricula helps them learn how to be a good leader, how to work with others, how to set goals and how to map a plan to meet those goals. Additionally, the measure of “likely to think through solutions to problems before taking action” increased substantially as did the “likelihood that the students would take actions consistent with and in support of their beliefs.”

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My Voice Matters offered students an opportunity to reflect on the person they are, how they perceive others around them, and who they want to become in the future. At the same time, it familiarized students with concepts such as empathy, self-love and self-care, and leadership. Understanding and embodying these concepts will not only serve to assist students in their development as scholars and professionals, but as human beings as well.

The program included engaging opening activities, introductions to concepts in a manner that is relatable and understandable for students, and culminating lessons which lead students to self-evaluate and think critically about their lives. My Voice Matters provides participants with an opportunity to identify their strengths, highlight their abilities, and recognize potential improvements. I saw my students grow through this program, something that cannot be appreciated sufficiently through words.

Middle School Teacher

MFM has been a great time investment, I have grown to better understand the needs and wants of my students, what they aspire in life and I have learned of the many talents they have to offer.



One thing I have learned in My Future Matters is to become a good leader. I have learned how to get along better with people. I think it’s a great program because it teaches the youth how to work with other people and become better citizens.


High School Student

Although I don’t say much in class, this class is one of my favorites. I’m more than interested in helping and would love to work with younger kids in mentoring them. How can I help?


High School Student

I knew I had to get something positive going in my life, but I didn’t know how. This program is giving me a way to think about my future and showing me what I can do.


High School Student

I love MvM because I learn about other people and myself.


Middle School Student

I feel that MvM has helped me a lot to know about myself and how other people feel when you do kind things for me.


Middle School Student

I learned a lot from the Leadership class. I had no idea about all the stuff that involves leadership. The class was very fun and we got to interact with our peers and got to know each other. I learned that leadership is not just taking the lead, it involves the way you carry yourself, the way you deal with people, and the ability to listen to other people’s ideas.


High School Student