CAT’s programs have a documented positive impact on three key life skills: literacy, critical thinking, and social-emotional competency.
- Better Attendance: Attendance was 10% higher on days when Bronx high school students participated in a CAT Summer College Readiness Program.
- Calls to Action: More than 150 high school students – 2nd most in the city – chose to get tested for HIV after participating in a CAT HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Workshop.
- More Learning: 70% more Brooklyn elementary school students met or surpassed state standards for grades three to five after a CAT Comprehensive School Reform Partnership.
- Improved Literacy: 76% of participating sixth grade students raised their NYS English Language Arts scores after taking part in a year of CAT’s Intensive In-Class Literacy Workshops.
- Stronger Critical Thinking Skills: Teachers reported that 100% of students – more than 200 ninth grade students – improved their ability to analyze and problem solve in a CAT Peacemaker Program.
- More Social-Emotional Awareness: High school teachers reported that major incidents were reduced because students were motivated to adopt alternatives to verbal abuse and harassment after CAT implemented an Anti-Bullying Program.
Greater College Access
- CAT Youth Theatre members graduate high school and go on to college at twice the average rate of their New York City peers.