Impact & Outcomes

SMILE Evaluations

The Purpose of Evaluation

Evaluation helps us improve our teacher professional development activities, and the impact SMILE clubs have on the academic success of underrepresented students. SMILE clubs and activities are based on the needs of our partner school districts, and these partnerships are renewed each year.

The SMILE program has served more than 7,500 students and 365 teachers. Our data collection is from student applications and evaluations by students, teachers and parents.  Participant evaluations are taken at the conclusion of SMILE events, and the feedback contributes to improving similar future events.


The four major indicators we look at to measure our program's success are:

  • Demonstrating reach and service to our target population
  • Participation (tenure of participating students and teachers)
  • High school graduation
  • College enrollment






Demonstrate Reach and Service to Target Population

  • 650 students in the program this year

  • 85% minority, balance low-income first generation to college

  • 65% female

Student Participation

  • 97% complete their first year with the program

  • Students average 2.5 years with the program

High School Graduation

  • Students with two or more years in a SMILE club graduate at 85%, and students with four or more years have a 95% graduation rate.

College Enrollment

  • The SMILE average for college enrollment in the classes of 2008-2012 was 52%.