1 Laptop Program for Foster Youth Evaluation Report 2016.
Goldbach, Jeremy T.
iFoster. Foster Care Counts.
University of Southern California.
This paper summarizes a series of 3 studies conducted on 730 youth in California from 2013 - 2015 to assess access levels to computers at home, and evaluate the impact that having access to a computer at home has on 3 key measures: academic performance, social connectiveness, and life satisfaction. The 1 Laptop Computer program provided 3,063 laptops to foster youth in college or college bound high school students in four counties in California. Findings from the study found youth in foster care had significantly lower access to computers at home than other youth. While 90% of youth in the U.S., and 79% of low-income youth have access to a computer at home; only 5% of rural foster youth, and 21% of urban foster youth reported access to a computer at home. In addition, the study found when provided with a computer, 98% of foster youth reported using their computer on a daily or weekly basis, and providing access to a computer at home resulted in measurable improvements in academic performance, social connectiveness, and life satisfaction. 32 figures and 4 tables.
California; postsecondary education; academic achievement; socialization; well being; program evaluations; computer programs; promising practices; information technology; foster adolescents; youth development