Power Lunch: Proven Results

Students who participate in Everybody Wins! DC’s (EW!DC) two reading programs benefit greatly from their participation as their reading skills and self-esteem improve.


In two independent evaluations, one under the auspices of the US Dept of Education and the other by Loyola University (Chicago), Power Lunch emerged as one of very few programs documented to effectively impact low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation, achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence and social skills. Comparing Power Lunch student groups with non-Power Lunch groups, information was collected from teachers, students, reading mentors and standardized test scores.


Summary of Results

• More than twice as many Power Lunch students improved their academic performance compared to control group students.
• By the program's conclusion, 55% of Power Lunch students often or always enjoyed reading.
• 94% of Power Lunch teachers and volunteers reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the program.


Read the full evaluation. Teachers also reported that Everybody Wins! DC students who read below grade level showed increased enthusiasm for books and improved both their academic performance and their classroom behavior. Other impacts included: taking books home more often, being read to more often at home, an increase in library visits and volunteering to read aloud in class more often.
EW!DC administers pre and post program assessments and results have showcased similar improvements in reading and reading related skills.  During the 2010-2011 school year 99.1% of mentors felt that their student benefitted from the Power Lunch program.



"Seeing her become more confident and her love of reading increase has been such a joy to watch."
"It's mostly fun to read and watch her become such a confident reader and learn to love reading as much as I do. She is one of my best friends."
"When an adult helps a child, it tells that child how special they are. We send a message to the child- you are important to me- that is powerful and undeniable."
"It's a fantastic program, and I think the mentors get as much, if not more, than the student. You meet wonderful kids and have lots of fun."
"When I read, I learn and grow-- you know, like Jack and the Beanstalk kind of growing and that's really big!"
"I wish Everybody Wins was everyday!"