Measuring our Impact
BJC School Outreach and Youth Development gives pre- and post-tests during every long-term program we teach. In general:

  • Our programs last four to six weeks
  • A pre-test is given by a health educator during the first lesson; a post-test is given during the last lesson. Students and teachers are also asked to fill out a survey at the end of the program
  • An internal evaluator analyzes and reports the data
  • Within two weeks, the test and program evaluation results are returned to the school so that teachers and administrators can see how well the class, school or district performed

What We’ve Found

2017 - 2018 School Year

Quality Measures
In delivering our programs, we aim to increase the following:

Our Strength as a Regional Leader in Health Prevention:

  • Health programs were delivered in over 115 schools and 45 school districts across the St. Louis region

Our Understanding of Student Knowledge Levels of Health Topics:

  • Pre- and post-tests were given to over 24,000 students in grades 2nd through 12th.

Our Dedication to Continuous Improvement:

  • Surveys were received from over 269 teachers

Our Commitment to National Health Standards:

  • Over 245 long-term, one-time and professional development programs were delivered covering all six of our health topics and career exploration

Our Aim for Excellence:

  • On average, students increased their knowledge by over 30% from pre-test to post-test
  • 95% of students and 100% of teachers enjoy and value our programs


Here are some examples of the impact of our health education programs directly from the participants.

  • I see now how all things affect my health - Student
  • I liked being able to interact with activities and learn new things - Student
  • I like how the program teaches everyone to better understand themselves and others - Student
  • Students take ownership of their behavior and identify changes to be made - Teacher