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3 Praxair employees have helped Daniel Trust Foundation analyze data from its SAT Prep Program

(L-R): Jose M. Pinto, Karthik Thyagarajan and Sumeet Desai at Praxair in Danbury, CT. Photo: Daniel Trust

Earlier this year, my dear friend Marie Conde, introduced me to Tamara E. Brown, director of sustainable development and community engagement at Praxair, a leading industrial gas company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide.

Praxair and its employees have been supporting the mission of Daniel Trust Foundation since 2015, so when I met Tamara, I made sure I expressed my sincerest gratitude for all the investment and support to Daniel Trust Foundation for the past 3.5 years.

I’m happy to announce that our collaboration with Praxair and its employees continues to grow.

Most recently, Tamara introduced me to Jose M. Pinto, Ph.D., associate director, business & supply chain optimization, Praxair digital. Jose and his team were looking for skills-based volunteer projects that allowed them to use their expertise in analytics.

One of my goals this year is for Daniel Trust Foundation to become a data-driven organization.

I told Tamara and Jose that we share great impact stories on our website and social media highlighting the impact of our programs and services, but we rarely include the data that backs up those stories. I want to be able to show our donors the impact of their investments through well produced and inspiring stories as well as the underlying data that helps enable our success.

Jose and his talented team members, Sumeet Desai and Karthik Thyagarajan, recently helped me analyze data from our 15-week SAT Prep Program in Bridgeport, CT and New York City.

The team helped us pull together several statistics:

During this past Spring semester (January - April, 2018), Daniel Trust Foundation provided a total of 610 hours of free SAT tutoring to 19 low-income students: 310 hours for 10 students in Bridgeport, CT and 300 hours for 9 students in New York City.

Overall attendance for students in Bridgeport, CT was 90% and 80% for New York City.

The students in both states took a mid-term and a final SAT prep exam. One of the major questions I wanted answered was: Did overall scores improve from Test 1 to Test 2 on an average? The Praxair Team found that on average overall scores improved 2.4% for students in Bridgeport, Connecticut and 1.6% for students in New York City.

The total average SAT score for all students in our SAT Prep Program was 976.

Female students had a higher average (991) than male students (933). I want to point out that majority of the students in our programs both in Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York City are female. By race, African American students had an average SAT score of 966, 980 for Asian students and 982 for Hispanic students.

At the end of the 15-week SAT Prep Program, we surveyed the students. The Praxair team analyzed the survey results: 100% of our students in Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York City feel the Daniel Trust Foundation SAT Prep Program helped them prepare for the real SAT.

“The Daniel Trust Foundation SAT Prep class definitely helped me prepare for the real SAT. The tutor was very helpful and took time to explain things one-on-one. Things that I’ve been confused about since sophomore year were finally clarified and play a very big role in the SAT. The SAT Math portion is mostly the heart of Algebra, which is a class that I took last year and is hard for me to remember equations. With the help of Kyle, I feel like I mastered it and learned helpful tips and tricks.”

—Emily Nivelo, a Daniel Trust Foundation student in Bridgeport, CT.

Asked if they would recommend the Daniel Trust Foundation SAT Prep Program to their friends, 100% of students said yes and 100% of the students said they thought their SAT Tutor was knowledgeable about tutoring Math and English. We hire professional SAT Tutors through Varsity Tutors, a Missouri-based tutoring company with tutors all over the United States.

“I would recommend the Daniel Trust Foundation SAT Prep class to friends as I believe it gave me access to quality SAT tutoring at no cost to parents and my parents didn't have to do additional overtime. This is a great opportunity to receive quality SAT prep without putting a hardship on the parents’ income.”

—Mahdi Khan, a Daniel Trust Foundation student in New York City.

I would like to sincerely thank Jose M. Pinto, Karthik Thyagarajan and Sumeet Desai for volunteering their time and skills to help me analyze the data for our SAT Prep Program. They are an amazing team.

Praxair and its employees truly care about giving back to its global communities. In 2017, employees at Praxair contributed more than 87,000 hours of their time and participated in 433 projects, which represented more than 18,000 individual instances of volunteerism. To learn more about Praxair’s Community Engagement initiatives, please click here.

Daniel Trust Foundation is an award-winning youth development nonprofit organization with offices in Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York City. The Foundation invests in and supports low-income students with their educational and professional goals. The Foundation also honors teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students and communities in which they teach.

To learn more about Daniel Trust Foundation, please click here.

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