WILL makes a Difference – 2018- 2019 Outcomes & Impact

  • 100% of WILL graduates have graduated from high school or are on track to do so.
  • For 12 years in a row, WILL’s retention rate has been between 62% and 79%, far exceeding the 50% considered excellent for youth development programs (we have never been below 50%).
  • 86% of WILL youth reported that they learned something beneficial that they will use in their lives from the WILL programs in which they participated, and 94% said that they benefited a great deal from being in WILL.
  • Based on the third-party analysis of the Pre-and Post-WILL surveys completed by 2018-2019 WILL youth, they showed: significant increases in knowledge and understanding of nutrition, SMART goals and the ability to set them, environmental awareness, financial literacy, leadership, and self-empowerment. WILL Youth also demonstrated improved perceptions about themselves as a result of their WILL experience.
  • WILL has been in the Catalogue for Philanthropy since 2012, as one of the best community-based nonprofits in the Greater Washington region (WILL was in the 2017-2018 print Catalogue).

The words of a few WILL 2018 youth provide the most compelling testament
about WILL’s impact and what the WILL experience means to them:

I have grown in every way possible by being a part of WILL; I would do it again 1,000 times. Every WILL program I learned something new. I will never get a chance to do something like WILL again. I think that everyone should do the WILL Program.
– Curtis 2019 WILL Grad

“I greatly benefited from being a part of WILL because I revealed new traits of myself as well as gained a lot of knowledge from different experiences; WILL made me a better person.” – Jala

“Through WILL I learned that there is greatness in me, that I have a bright future, and that I can do anything I choose to do by working hard to achieve it.” – Keyri

“The word I would chose to describe my WILL experience is amazing because at every WILL program I learned amazing new things and skills that will benefit me in the future, and I did things I never thought I would do.” – Junior