In 2012, a joint comprehensive study was conducted by Stanford and Harvard Universities on a program known as the School for Educational Evolution and Development (SEED) in Washington, DC, which is very similar to that of the Samaritan Center’s.
At SEED, as with the Samaritan Center, students live on campus during the week and return home on weekends and holidays. The impetus for these programs is to create educational opportunities and behavioral modifications while removing the children from the distractions and dysfunction of their home environment. Students are provided additional support by way of tutoring, counseling and after school activities.
Another spotlighted study is the Chicago Child-Parent Center Program, which much like Samaritan Center, emphasizes parental/family involvement. The philosophy of both programs is to address systemic family issues by developing better communication and behavioral skills. This is accomplished through a wide range of classroom, family and off-site activities. The involvement of parents/family increases the potential of overall success including:
• Improved school test scores
• A higher rate of high school completion
• The potential of higher earnings
• Higher achievement and lower criminal activity/incarceration
• Better physical and mental health
But perhaps the most compelling evidence that the Samaritan Center program works are the men who return to visit our campus. The most common statement heard from them is, “Samaritan Center saved my life.” Many have married and are raising families of their own. Most have good jobs. They all have a sense of community and are working for a positive future for themselves and their families.