In its second year of operation, the Tulane University YIP program served 128 at-risk boys, 51 6th graders, 49 7th graders, and 28 8th graders. All of these participants (100%) were African-American.
Having now served nearly 300 boys in New Orleans, YIP is still only beginning to scratch the surface of need. Following Hurricane Katrina, the school system was split in Louisiana, with a state-based takeover of failing schools. Over 100 low-performing New Orleans schools were placed into the state-run Recovery School District (RSD). Higher-performing schools that were not taken over, many of which had some form of selective admissions, were either chartered or continued to be operated by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB). Like districts, individual schools now receive a school performance score (SPS) based on student performance on state tests and other indicators. Based on the 2008 State of Public Education Study conducted by the University of Tulane, the performance scores (see chart) of schools in the Orleans Parish School Board District nearly doubled those of the Recovery School District. All participants who attended the Youth Impact Program attend a school within the Recovery School District (RSD).