For nearly 20 years, City Kids has provided extraordinary opportunities for our youth, and in 2014, we worked to strengthen our foundation to ensure that City Kids will be able to offer stability and support to our youth and families for many more years to come. In the past year, City Kids launched a new evaluation system based on our newly completed Theory of Change, and we are now better able to articulate and track the connections between our program activities and outcomes. We recently completed our first evaluation analysis since implementing our new system, and have already put our findings to work in order to strengthen our impact.
In the past three years, City Kids has undergone a significant transformation in order to increase our impact and provide more comprehensive services for our youth. City Kids enrolls new youth in the 6th grade and supports them for 6+ years through our unique continuum of programming. Youth graduate from the program with a vision for their future, and the knowledge and skills necessary to work towards their goals. In a city with a less than 65 percent high school graduation rate, we are proud to report that in 2013, 100 percent of our high school seniors graduated.
In 2012, City Kids Wilderness Project reached some key milestones on an exciting path of growth. We served a record number of youth and provided more innovative programming, new opportunities, and unprecedented support to under-resourced youth than ever before. We are thrilled to report that a group of our high school students reached the 13,776 foot summit of the Grand Teton. We believe this incredible accomplishment serves as a wonderful metaphor for the challenges our youth overcome through their involvement with City Kids.
As we reflect on 2011, we are so thankful for our dedicated staff, motivated young people, passionate board members, and generous donors. City Kids Wilderness Project is truly a community effort and your involvement enables us to provide life changing opportunities for the youth that we serve.