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Youth As Active Partners, Contributors, & Consumers: Part 6 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
Youth As Active Partners, Contributors, & Consumers: Part 6 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable This blog post is Part 6 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. What we want from all the work that we do is to create an opportunity and clear avenue for youth and young adults to succeed, however they define that success. Across the country we provide a range of services and interventions to help us make this a [Read further...]
Taking The Work Virtual: Part 5 of How Youth Services Stay Relevant & Sustainable
Taking The Work Virtual: Part 5 of How Youth Services Stay Relevant & Sustainable This blog post is Part 5 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. As youth service providers we are all about the human interaction – as we should be. This is how we best connect with others to work on creating positive changes. In addition to this important human touch, youth service providers need to be where the youth and families are today – [Read further...]
Diversified and Braided Funding & Services: Part 4 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
Diversified and Braided Funding & Services: Part 4 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable This blog post is Part 4 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. Defining service needs and creating effective systems to respond is the first important steps to creating a sustainable program. Finding the appropriate resources to fund your plans is the next step. Most agencies will not receive one line of funding from one funder to meet the diverse needs [Read further...]
Staffing: Part 3 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
Staffing: Part 3 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable This blog post is Part 3 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. Youth workers make (or break) a youth service program. They are the folks who interact with your consumers – the youth and young adults that you are trying to impact. They are the key approach to your work, where the majority of your agency costs are designated. And many times, because of money [Read further...]
Collaborative Work: Part 2 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
This blog post is Part 2 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. If we have heard it once we have heard it a hundred times – non-profits need to collaborate. Though this is true, it becomes an empty request from a funder when true partnership or collaboration is not feasible, possible, or the best solution, and frankly, it can run against what an agency is trying to achieve. Can agencies and youth service programs work in silos [Read further...]
Strategic Planning: Part 1 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
Strategic Planning: Part 1 of How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable This blog post is Part 1 of 6 of our recently released report, “How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable.” Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. Most agencies participate in a strategic planning process, which many times include the key stakeholders of the agency and/or of the youth program they operate. (Strategic plans can be and should be considered at a program level as appropriate – especially for large multi-service agencies). The purpose of the plan is [Read further...]
How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable
How Youth Service Programs Stay Relevant & Sustainable Kristen Truffa, Associate Director at MANY Network – www.manynet.org Services for youth are an integral component of any community. Schools are a prime example – a required service geared to support the positive development of youth. Some communities have much more to offer, such as community sports, after school programs, or a community center. What becomes challenging is when these resources are limited, not geared to support youth with risk factors, and when youth are not accessing these supports. This is when the faith and community-based agencies, many times in partnership with [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO as part of our #MANYRoadTrip MANY is traveling all across the country this fall, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with Chris Nelson, the Director of Programs at one of our member organizations, Attention Homes in Boulder, CO, to talk more about his thoughts on youth services, his program, and the rewards and challenges of his work:   Q: What do you appreciate most about [Read further...]