How are we different than other youth programs?

Call us what you like: advisor, connector, network, association, capacity-builder, backbone, intermediary. The bottom line is we work with the nonprofits,  churches, and schools that want to be evidence-based and outcome-driven.

Research shows that every youth program is strengthened when it focuses on quality of service and relationship-building. Because higher-quality programs mean better outcomes for children, the Institute for Youth Success educates people that work and volunteer in youth programs. We accomplish this by:

Advocating for Improved Outcomes for Kids

In collaboration with more than 190 youth programs, we build public awareness and advocates for support of high-quality youth development programs that improve outcomes for children.

  • The Institute for Youth Success shares best-practice information with funders interested in supporting and improving youth programs.
  • The Institute for Youth Success works with youth development organizations on identifying and measuring common outcomes we know to be vital to youth success.

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Improving program quality

The Institute for Youth Success puts youth development research into action by providing critical training, coaching, and collective impact leadership. Our materials are based on evidence-based practices that strengthen youth programs. We work with nonprofits that are known and loved in our community, as well as new nonprofits just starting out. We aim to create safe, supportive, and impactful experiences for the children they serve.

  • We partner with 26 youth programs on Quality-Based Mentoring (QBM) to increase the use of evidence-based practices in their programming for higher impact and sustainability.
  • Our staff regularly reviews the latest youth development research and circulates the learning from various studies throughout program staff through publications and training to facilitate greater positive impacts on youth.
  • Data point: David DuBois, Ph.D., conducted a meta-analysis in 2011 revealing a direct correlation between an increased number of best practices a youth program uses and the positive outcomes it achieves.


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