Students With Amazing Goals (SWAG) was established as a multi-sector program to redress low graduation rates among youth in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven section of East Menlo Park. In 2015, the San Mateo County Manager’s Office engaged the Gardner Center as the research partner for a three-year partnership focused on understanding SWAG program implementation and early outcomes. The first year of research focused on developing the SWAG theory of change and research activities to better understand early program implementation. This current year’s research focused on providing a deeper understanding of program implementation by incorporating youth participant perspectives, as well as providing an initial look at student outcomes. These analyses illuminate preliminary trends in student outcomes, and provide important information for program improvement.
Leos-Urbel, J., Fehrer, K., Henderson, J., and Biscocho, F. (2017). Students With Amazing Goals (SWAG): Year 2 Interim Report. Stanford, CA.: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.