Hope Farm

The majority of the Texas Christian University Fall 2016 Class’s evaluators found their $20,000 grant to Hope Farm to have a bad outcome with 44% voting it to be a good decision with a bad outcome and 11% voting it to be a mistake. This is due to the initial reading growth results in students after the donation and the idea that the donation could have made a larger impact elsewhere. On the other hand, 44% still found the grant to be a good decision with a good outcome because reading ability increased within a year period. Hope Farm is a long-term leadership development program that guides at-risk boys, without the benefit of a positive male role model in their homes, from the time they are 5-7 years old until high school graduation and beyond. The grant was for a reading comprehension program. Several evaluators were disheartened by the results, citing that 43% of participants were still reading below grade level and only 28 boys participated. Those who ranked the outcome as good felt the program had a substantial positive impact on participants’ reading levels.