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College Readiness
For young people Ages 11 – 23

How do you know if a young person is college-ready?

Test scores and grades can give us a sense of a young person’s academic preparedness — but what about the non-academic challenges on campus? Higher education requires that young people strategize and plan their workloads while building and maintaining new relationships and managing their own needs and behavior. Research demonstrates that young people with strong social and emotional learning (SEL) skills are better prepared for college and have more academic success.

Developed In Partnership With The YMCA

Learn Directly from Young People

While other evaluation solutions ask staff to report on program quality, we believe young people provide the most unbiased, reliable insight into how your programs support their development. Therefore, we ask young people to assess their own SEL and the program experiences that are critical in driving SEL growth.

The Theory Of Change
By providing research-based positive youth development experiences to young people, they will develop social and emotional learning skills shown to promote thriving.

What your program does

Research-Based Experiences
College Readiness
Prepare for College
Positive Youth Development
Challenge Growth
Engage Authentically
Expand Interests
Manage Goals
Promote Peer Bonds
Share Power

What Young People Develop

Short-Term Outcomes
College SEL
College Outlook
Goal Orientation
Core SEL
Academic Self-Efficacy
Contribution
Positive Identity
Self-Management
Social Skills

Young People Thriving!

Long-Term Outcomes
Academic Performance
Career/Workforce Readiness
Health and Wellness
Positive Behavior
Reduced Risky Behavior

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Survey Administration Options
Leveraging our research-based theory of change, Hello Insight offers two ways to understand how your programs impact the lives of young people.

Check-In

Check-In surveys measure College Knowledge and Skills as well as the research-based experiences shown to increase SEL.

Pre/Post

Pre/Post surveys include all questions from Check-In surveys and also directly measure SEL growth.
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Check-In

Check-In surveys measure College Knowledge and Skills as well as the research-based experiences shown to increase SEL.
  • Garner feedback from young people about the quality of program experiences
  • A single point in time, midway through a program or at the end
  • Check-In surveys take young people 5 to 8 minutes
What it Measures
Research-Based Experiences
College Readiness
Positive Youth Development
Additional Measures
College Knowledge and Skills
Learning Preferences
Program Satisfaction

Pre/Post

Pre/Post surveys include all questions from Check-In surveys and also directly measure SEL growth.
  • Garner feedback from young people about the quality of program experiences
  • Understand young people’s social and emotional learning baseline at pre and growth at post
  • Receive targeted recommendations for staff to support each group of young people
  • Two points in time, usually at the beginning and end of a program
  • Pre surveys take 8 to 12 minutes and post surveys 12 to 15 minutes
What it Measures
Research-Based Experiences
College Readiness
Positive Youth Development
Short-Term Outcomes
College SEL
Core SEL
Additional Measures
College Knowledge and Skills
Learning Preferences
Program Satisfaction
Social Capital
Research-Based

Experiences

What your program does

Everything that young people, see, think, hear, do, and feel is fuel for their growth, but a few key types of experiences are especially effective at boosting development.

Measured by:
Check-In
Pre/Post
College Readiness
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Prepare for College
A young person’s experience with an adult who helps them explore their college and career aspirations, needs, and fit
Sample Questions
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Prepare for College
A young person’s experience with an adult who helps them explore their college and career aspirations, needs, and fit
Sample Questions
Positive Youth Development
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Challenge Growth
A young person’s experience with an adult who encourages them to take risks and perform beyond their own expectations
Sample Questions
Expand Interests
A young person’s experience with an adult who supports them to try new things, broaden their horizons, learn about other people’s cultures and perspectives, and explore their own identities
Sample Questions
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Promote Peer Bonds
A young person’s experience with an adult who helps them work with peers in teams and groups, creating a safe space to learn with and from one another, exploring similarities and differences, and developing deep bonds and relationships
Sample Questions
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Engage Authentically
A young person’s experience with an adult who takes the time to get to know them by listening and understanding who they are — their cultural and lived experiences, their interests, and their passions
Sample Questions
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Manage Goals
A young person’s experience with an adult who assists them to set and manage goals that are important to them and that build upon their passions and interests
Sample Questions
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Share Power
A young person’s experience with an adult who ensures that their voices and opinions matter
Sample Questions
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Challenge Growth
A young person’s experience with an adult who encourages them to take risks and perform beyond their own expectations
Sample Questions
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Engage Authentically
A young person’s experience with an adult who takes the time to get to know them by listening and understanding who they are — their cultural and lived experiences, their interests, and their passions
Sample Questions
Expand Interests
A young person’s experience with an adult who supports them to try new things, broaden their horizons, learn about other people’s cultures and perspectives, and explore their own identities
Sample Questions
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Manage Goals
A young person’s experience with an adult who assists them to set and manage goals that are important to them and that build upon their passions and interests
Sample Questions
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Promote Peer Bonds
A young person’s experience with an adult who helps them work with peers in teams and groups, creating a safe space to learn with and from one another, exploring similarities and differences, and developing deep bonds and relationships
Sample Questions
Group 28
Share Power
A young person’s experience with an adult who ensures that their voices and opinions matter
Sample Questions
Short-Term

Outcomes

What young people develop

When young people experience a positive youth development approach and work alongside a caring adult, they develop short-term outcomes that lay the groundwork for their long-term success.

Measured by:
Pre/Post
College SEL
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College Outlook
is a young person’s motivation to apply for and attend college—a fundamental belief that they will be able to succeed in this context.
Sample Questions
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Goal Orientation
A young person’s capacity to envision a positive future and set a path forward to achieve their dreams
Sample Questions
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College Outlook
is a young person’s motivation to apply for and attend college—a fundamental belief that they will be able to succeed in this context.
Sample Questions
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Goal Orientation
A young person’s capacity to envision a positive future and set a path forward to achieve their dreams
Sample Questions
Core SEL
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Academic Self-Efficacy
A young person's motivation and perceived mastery over their own learning, school performance, and potential to attain academic success
Sample Questions
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Positive Identity
A young person's internal sense of who they are and confidence to explore the multiple facets of their identities
Sample Questions
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Social Skills
The ability of a young person to take others’ perspectives into account, and to develop a sense of caring and empathy
Sample Questions
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Contribution
A young person’s desire to engage with and contribute to family, community, and society
Sample Questions
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Self-Management
The ability of a young person to regulate their emotions and behavior, take positive risks, and persist through life’s challenges
Sample Questions
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Academic Self-Efficacy
A young person's motivation and perceived mastery over their own learning, school performance, and potential to attain academic success
Sample Questions
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Contribution
A young person’s desire to engage with and contribute to family, community, and society
Sample Questions
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Positive Identity
A young person's internal sense of who they are and confidence to explore the multiple facets of their identities
Sample Questions
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Self-Management
The ability of a young person to regulate their emotions and behavior, take positive risks, and persist through life’s challenges
Sample Questions
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Social Skills
The ability of a young person to take others’ perspectives into account, and to develop a sense of caring and empathy
Sample Questions
Additional

Measures

While growth in SEL is critical, it is also important that young people learn career-specific skills and develop strong social capital.

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College Knowledge and Skills
Sample Questions
A young person’s knowledge, skills, and actions necessary to select the “right” college for their unique goals, apply for college, and obtain financial aid
Sample Questions
Measured by:
Check-In
Pre/Post
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Learning Preferences
Sample Questions
The multiple ways in which young people like to learn that can be leveraged to make programs more engaging
Sample Questions
Measured by:
Check-In
Pre/Post
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Program Satisfaction
Sample Questions
Whether or not a young person would recommend a program to a friend — helpful in assessing their level of engagement in a program
Sample Questions
Measured by:
Check-In
Pre/Post
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Social Capital
Sample Questions
The web of relationships that young people can mobilize to help them improve their lives and achieve their goals
Sample Questions
Measured by:
Pre/Post
Young People

Thriving

Long-Term Outcomes

Young people who develop SEL are on a journey to understand and cultivate their unique interests and talents in many aspects of life — they thrive. Thriving goes beyond competence, with success defined as an ongoing trajectory towards full potential in life.

Research shows that the short-term outcomes Hello Insight measures are linked to these long-term outcomes that funders and donors care most about.
Academic Performance
Career/Workforce Readiness
Health and Wellness
Positive Behavior
Reduced Risky Behavior
Academic Performance
Career/Workforce Readiness
Health and Wellness
Positive Behavior
Reduced Risky Behavior
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