Outcomes

Measuring our impact:

Grantees are required to complete a report after one year of working with the ELF. ELF partners consistently show a substantial increase in students’ literacy skills as a direct result of our collaboration. Our studies have shown:

  • that Sage Youth students (participants in the program on which the ELF materials and training methods are based) increased their literacy skills by an average of 21 points over a one year period
  • that students in ELF-supported programs, applying ELF materials and methods, increased their literacy skills by 22 skill points over a one year period
  • that both groups performed at approximately three times the rate of control groups (that included children and youth who did not receive any supplementary support programs outside of school) within the same time period
  • Participants in this study were children and youth in ESL programs, as well as students with exceptionalities. All were from low-income communities. We can conclude, therefore, that there is no "dilution of effect" between programs delivered by the originators of ELF programming and ELF partner trainees.

    Our modeled programs show these results:
  • Newcomer, homeless refugee students improve their literacy skills by 120% in as little as 0.6 months in program. This increases to 239% in 1.6 months.
  • Students with exceptionalities improve their literacy skills by 199% in a total of 13.6 months of program participation (this is based on 6 months of average participation per year).
  • Students from low-income communities improve their literacy skills by 226% in a total of 15.25 months of program participation (this is based on 7 months of average participation per year).
  • Our student drop-out rates are 0%.
  • International recognition:

    The ELF’s CEO, Usha Dhar, was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in 2010, through which the ELF was recognized as an organization that provides system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. This determination was made following Ashoka’s extensive, independent review of our annual reports, financial statements, evaluation systems, and program site visits, as well as through panel interviews with our CEO and interviews with our team members and partners in community.

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    Our Mottos

    Excellence is the greatest deterrent to racism and poverty.

    Every child will succeed if she has one person who believes in her completely and who loves her unconditionally.

    It should never be suggested to a child that he might succeed: Promise him that he will succeed and give him the tools to do it.