Since its inception, The Possibility Project has asked its young people, staff, artists, and leading experts in the field,


“What are the capacities that teenagers need in order to thrive in adulthood and lead in your communities?”

T hrough analysis of their responses in accordance with current research, we have identified seven outcomes that we strive to meet with each individual participant and each group as a community.

W e believe that by focusing on these SEL areas – rather than the more pragmatic areas that youth systems focus on – we will improve our youth’s chances to become peaceful, positive, and productive adults, engaged citizens, and agents for change in their communities.


1. Cross-cultural collaboration: experiences and learns how to build meaningful cross-cultural relationships and work together in a diverse context

2. Non-violent conflict resolution: gains the experience of resolving the current conflicts they face and demonstrates a commitment to resolving future conflicts without resorting to violence

3. Leadership: understands their responsibility to others, learns to act on that recognition, and develops the maturity, dependability, and communication skills necessary to succeed

4. Community action and responsibility: gains the awareness of their responsibility to their community and is capable of leading positive change in their community

5. Positive Sense of Future: gains the confidence that they have a future, can be a powerful force for positive change, and has the skills to plan and achieve results

6. Performing arts excellence: gains an increased ability to create, produce, and perform for the stage to the highest level of their abilities

7. College attainment: completes high school or attains the high school equivalency and enrolls in college



of our 12th graders graduated from high school or attained their GED, and 92% have gone on to college from our Saturday and After-School programs.


of participants made improvements in cross-cultural understanding


of participants made important progress in committing to using non-violent conflict resolution in the current and future issues they face


of participants showed improvement in their ability to lead and their initiative toward social change (community action and responsibility)


of participants demonstrated that they have a clearer vision of both their short- and long-term goals and that they are more confident in their ability to advocate for themselves and others in the future


of participants made significant gains in performing arts excellence


A recent three-year research project, led by Dr. Michael Hanson and the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) at Teacher’s College of Columbia University, determined that our programs are making a deep impact in three key areas: self-disclosure, emotional support, and conflict resolution.

In a research report focused on our Foster Care Program and also led by Dr. Hanson and the NCCF, we learned that our foster care alumni—one to six years after leaving the program—are significantly less likely to be parents as young adults (15% compared to 35% nationally) or to be arrested or convicted of a crime (8% compared to 60%); they are significantly more likely to be involved in civic engagement activities (71% compared to 20%); and 58% are using the self-regulation and conflict resolution skills learned in the program in their lives now.

In both studies, youth reported an significant increase in their communication skills.

Both research reports are available upon request.  Email us.