A little background on who we are, what we have done and where we are going.
Children from low-income families experiencing academic, emotional or social problems are at a significant risk for lifelong problems. My House seeks to help children and youth before they give up hope, and give them the skills and attitudes they need to become productive, responsible members of their community. In doing so, we will help break the cycle of poverty experienced by too many generations of our neighbors.
Since it was founded in 1992 by Mrs. Mildred Krieger and Sister Jane Remson, My House has provided educational support to hundreds of children, youth and their families. My House began as a residence for homeless children and their mothers. My House added a Learning Center for homeless mothers to work on GED preparation and for their children to get assistance with their schoolwork. The Learning Center soon expanded to an After-School Program providing homework assistance and educationally enriching activities to first through 7th grade students from neighboring schools. A summer program began in 1995. When My House closed its residential program in 1997, it seized the opportunity to expand the educational services it offered. The Safe & Smart After-School & Summer Camp program was born, serving approximately 60 kindergarten through 8th grade students during the school year and 48 students during the summer. In 2002, My House received the prestigious 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to expand our programs to even more students. Due to severe flooding of to our city caused by hurricane Katrina in August 2005 we temporary closed our doors. My House reopened in a temporary location in January 2007. We currently offer Safe & Smart After-School & Summer Camp programs at First Evangelist Batiste Church located at 1801 Willow St. serving 50 students. We anticipate returning to our 2010 Peniston St. location in the fall of 2007. In addition My House looks forward to opening our new state the art nursery for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years of age.
Information gathered from our students and their parents leads us to conclude that My House is reaching those students and families most in need of assistance and that we are making an impact on them. The majority of the children currently enrolled in My House programs come from extremely impoverished families. Approximately 85% come from very low to extremely low income households, meaning that their income is less then 50% of the median from families of that size in New Orleans. An additional 12% come from low-income households. Growing up in poverty of this nature places these children at risk for school failure, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy and juvenile crime.
A second risk factor faced by the children of My House is being born into single parent families. An overwhelming 92% of our students come from single parent, female-headed households. Since the majority of these mothers and grandmothers raising children work outside the home, it is essential that programs like My House are available to give children and youth a safe and supervised place to be during the after-school hours and during school vacations.
My House has proven results in the community. We evaluate our programs through several means listed below.
- Students are surveyed three times a year about their satisfaction with the after-school and summer camp program. Students are asked what they like about the program and what should be changed. Students rate the program on a 5 point scale with 5 being strongly agree. Our aggregate scores is 4.5 out of 5.
- Parents are surveyed three times a year about their satisfaction with the after-school and summer camp program. Parents are asked what they like about the program and what should be changed. Parents rate the program on a 5 point scale with 5 being strongly agree. Our aggregate scores is 4.5 out of 5.
- Students are tested using the Brigance Inventory of Comprehensive Skills tests in Word Recognition, Vocabulary, Spelling and Math at both the beginning and the end of the school year. Once this data has been gathered, it is analyzed to ascertain if students are making statistically significant gains. So far all of our information shows that students are making these gains.
- Students’ report cards are gathered quarterly to see if they are maintaining or improving their report card grades.
- LEAP and IOWA test scores are gathered from students who attend the public schools. These test scores are used to compare how well students who attend My House regularly compare to other similar students.
- Student attendance records are maintained to show that students attend My House programs regularly.