Serving At-Risk Youth
Adoption, Foster Care and High-Risk Youth Mentoring, in one way or another, address challenges associated with increasing family fragmentation. Science research shows that youth that receive nurturing and guidance from adults, be it as parents or mentors, tend to graduate high school at a higher rate, delay initiation of sexual activity (and other risky behaviors), and are less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.
In the area of mentoring at-risk students, Social Capital Valuations (SCV) is proud to have the Bob Woodson Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (BW-CNE) as a client for the past nine years, resulting in four evaluation studies its Violence-Free Zone program, including Chicago, Baltimore, Richmond and Washington, D.C. as well as Hartford Communities That Care. In every instance our evaluations demonstrated that the school-based mentoring resulted in reduced violence in schools and dramatically improved high school graduation rates. Beyond improving graduation rates, SCV also discovered that property crime decreased in the participating high schools’ surrounding neighborhood. The most recent EV-ROI analysis showed an estimated $8.32 in taxpayer savings and increased future income tax revenues for every $1.00 invested in the program.
In the area of adoption and foster care, SCV has provided EV-ROI analyses for a variety of programs across the country. For example, our analysis of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home (ABCH), which provides foster care, counseling for adoptive and foster families, and homes for women with children, demonstrated an estimated taxpayer savings of $4.58 for every $1.00 invested in the program. In another instance SCV coordinated with Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) to provide a 1st Generation EV-ROI analysis for 4Kids in South Florida. At the conclusion of our work, CAFO’s President, Jedd Meddefind described our findings as “Brilliant.” He added,
The EV-ROI results make such a compelling dollars-and-cents case for both the vital role of the church in the foster system generally and the impact of the work of 4KIDS in particular.