2023 Program Outcomes


Proven programs


Young people directly served by Wyman.


Local and national partners.


Young people served through local and national partnerships

Adolescence can be a period of significant challenges. It is also a time of extraordinary growth and development. As experts in youth development, we implement proven programs to support teens during this pivotal time.  We are pleased to share with you that the young people we serve are making meaningful progress that will have a lifetime of impact.

In 2023, 1,670 young people participated in Wyman’s three direct service programs – Wyman Leaders, the Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®), and the Teen Connection Project® (TCP®)

We extend our reach through over 70 partnerships locally and across the country to serve more than 3,000 young people in the St. Louis area, and more than 30,000 young people across the country.

Research across all three of our programs shows that they positively impact youth well-being, skill building, and educational success.

At Wyman, social connections and relationships are at the heart of the work we do with young people – and they are foundational to strong, long-term outcomes, like educational and career success, life and leadership skills, and healthy behaviors.

Across all three programs, young people demonstrate improved social-emotional skills and are building connections and feeling a sense of belonging with their Wyman coaches and peers. Wyman Leaders continue to graduate from high school on time and enroll and persist in postsecondary education.

Years of research tell us that supportive relationships are linked to social-emotional skill development. In turn, social and emotional skills support improved academic achievement. In contrast, one of the impacts of the pandemic has been what the U.S. Surgeon General calls “an epidemic of loneliness, isolation, and social disconnection.” Those at greatest risk include members of marginalized groups, as well as youth and young adults. At Wyman, we serve young people within these demographic groups, who are not only dealing with the impact of isolation on their mental health and social connections, but also on their education and career choices.

We know how this epidemic of loneliness continues to impact their lives, and we are committed to supporting them and standing with them as they create the futures they envision for themselves. Wyman programs amplify youth leadership, elevate social connections, and expand opportunities for young people who face economic and systemic barriers. Each day, they show us their courage, inspiration, skills, and determination to succeed.

Note: The outcomes below pertain to Wyman’s local, direct service programs and the 1,670 young people we directly served. For more information on our national replication, please visit our National Network. Additionally, the outcomes above refer to young people in all three of our programs – Wyman Leaders, TCP, and TOP. For individual program outcomes, please refer to those program pages.

Wyman teens are graduating from high school and enrolling and persisting in postsecondary education at high rates.

Achieving a postsecondary degree or credential can be transformative for young people. Nationally, we know the pandemic has had a significant impact on postsecondary enrollment and persistence. Even prior to the pandemic, college affordability was an increasing concern.

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However, our Wyman Leaders’ educational outcomes exceed those of youth with similar backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances. 100% of the Wyman Leaders Class of 2023 graduated from high school on time. Additionally, postsecondary enrollment and rates of persistence among Wyman Leaders postsecondary students have largely returned to their pre-pandemic levels, with 87% of the Class of 2023 enrolling in a postsecondary option during the Fall of 2023, and 80% of the Class of 2022 persisting in a postsecondary option from Year 1 to Year 2.

Wyman teens are developing social-emotional skills and competencies that are important for success in life.

Research shows that social-emotional skills are vital and go ‘hand-in-hand’ with academic and life success. Social-emotional skills, which are also sometimes referred to as ‘life skills,’ include managing emotions, solving problems, making decisions, developing empathy, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships. The process of developing these skills is often referred to as ‘social-emotional learning’.

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Wyman’s social-emotional outcomes have remained strong and steady over the last several years. The young people in our programs are developing skills like empathy, communication, and problem solving that will prepare them for educational and career success. In 2023, at least 74% of Wyman teens reported moderate to high levels of social-emotional skills.

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Wyman teens are building connections with supportive adults and feeling a sense of belonging.

Wyman programs support youth in relationships, connections, and belonging. Now, more than ever, these have been recognized as essential supports to adolescents, their well-being, and their success.

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Wyman’s outcomes show that strong relationships and connections among Wyman teens and with supportive adults were sustained throughout the pandemic. In particular, Wyman teens report having positive, supportive relationships with their Wyman facilitators. 86% reported that their Wyman facilitators support them and 72% report feeling a sense of belonging during their Wyman experience.

It is critical for students to feel valued, accepted, and celebrated for who they are. This has always been important at Wyman. We know that healthy relationships with peers and adults and a sense of belonging are critical to teen’s health, well-being, and positive life trajectories, and we remain ready to support adolescents and build up these positive relationships through each of our programs.


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Children’s Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Needs Assessment for St. Louis County, 2017

Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: Coordinating Board for Higher Education Report on High School Graduates Performance, March 2023, (Class of 2021)

Missouri comparison rates from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), 2023

National College Access Network 2021 Benchmarking Report

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center High School Benchmarks, September 2023: National College Progression Rates

National Student Clearinghouse Persistence and Retention 2023 Report

Roehlkepartain, E. C., Pekel, K., Syvertsen, A. K., Sethi, J., Sullivan, T. K., & Scales, P. C. (2017). Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.

State of the St. Louis Workforce: The Pathway to Job Growth, St. Louis Community College, 2023

Taylor, R.D., Oberle, E., Durlak, J.A., & Weissberg, R.P. (2017). Promoting positive youth development through school-based social and emotional learning interventions: A meta-analysis of follow-up effects. Child Development 88(4), 1156-1171.

Torre Gibney, T., & Rauner, M. (2021). Education and career planning in high school: A national study of school and student characteristics and college-going behaviors (REL 2022–127). U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory West. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.

YouthTruth Student Survey (2016); http://youthtruthsurvey.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/YouthTruth-Learning-From-Student-Voice-College-and-Career-Readiness-2016.pdf

YouthTruth Student Survey (2023): The Class of 2023: Who Plans to Go to College?


Wyman postsecondary data includes youth enrolling in 2 year, 4 year, technical/trade schools, or the military in the fall semester. Spring semester enrollment data will be available in March 2023.

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Postsecondary Access and Persistence

Social-Emotional Learning

Relationships, Connections, and Belongings

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Why are social connections and supportive relationships important for teens?  

Social-emotional learning: What is it and why is it important?

Wyman’s Response to the U.S. Surgeon General

The long-term, positive impact of Wyman Leaders

What is the impact of Wyman Leaders on college achievement and retention?

When adults are fully present for them, youth respond.

Prioritizing social connections through TCP

Our programs work:

TCP and TOP have both received CASEL’s highest designation for high-quality SEL programming.

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TCP and TOP have both been recognized as Promising Programs by Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development.

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View the full list of Evidence-Based & Best Practice Listings

Wyman Leaders Study Summary

Summary of TOP Results

Summary of TCP Results