Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National At-Risk Youth 2011

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Every year more than 700,000 children are abused or neglected, and each day 1,200 children are removed from their families to enter foster care. (American Institutes for Research)
Every year more than 700,000 children are abused or neglected, and each day 1,200 children are removed from their families to enter foster care. (American Institutes for Research)

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Businesses United in Investing Lending and Development (BUILD) (6 recommendations) A high proportion of participants access college. Their microenterprise development has also been successful.
Businesses United in Investing Lending and Development (BUILD)
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http://www.build.org

Evidence of Impact

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A high proportion of participants access college. Their microenterprise development has also been successful.
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BUILD has a very strong presence in the Silicon Valley and is an involved and thoughtful founder. They impact an underserved population that is most at risk with tools that will impact their life decisions.
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Businesses United in Investing Lending and Development (BUILD) uses the principles of entrepreneurship and business management to give low-income high school students the tools and motivation to succeed in school and attend college. Founded 10 years ago with a dozen students in East Palo Alto, BUILD now serves more than 700 youth annually in 13 schools in Washington, D.C., Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Redwood City and Oakland. Students are recruited in the 9th grade and continue in the program throughout high school, during which time they create and operate their own small businesses while receiving mentoring and targeted academic tutoring and college preparation support. Students who complete BUILD’s first year show significant improvement on written and oral aptitude tests. Last year, after completing BUILD’s college preparation course, students’ average SAT score increased 148 points. For those who completed the full four-year program, 100% enrolled in college, 80% of whom are the first in their families to pursue higher education.
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They are an excellent organization. They have a solid model, with a twist: using entrepreneurship to bring students in, then emphasizing access to college for life long success. They have a very strong leadership. They are good at marketing and fundraising, so it's no surprise they are expanding to new cities.
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They implement entrepreneurial skills in high school children that leave a lasting positive impact on their lives.

Organizational Strengths

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BUILD has an innovative model: they recruit high potential, low-income, youth performing poorly in school for entrepreneurship training which transitions to college preparation. BUILD is very adept at recruiting and keeping entrepreneurs as volunteers.
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BUILD is governed by a twelve-member national board of directors comprised of business leaders. Its founder and CEO is a recipient of many social entrepreneurship awards including the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship.
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The Executive Director/CEO is also the founder and a strong presence in the world of at-risk youth entrepreneurship.
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BUILD has strong leadership and fundraising skills. Many of its employees have strong business acumen which ensures that the organization is well run.

Areas for Improvement

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As BUILD grows, they need to ensure the quality of program content and implementation stays strong.
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At $2,400, BUILD’s cost per student is high when compared with other youth development organizations. BUILD invests more per student than, for example, Boys & Girls Clubs, which has an average cost per student of $1,200. However, this high cost is what it takes to get low-income youth graduated from high school and enrolled in college.
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All non-profits should build a better collaborative network to share best practices. BUILD does a good job but could do much better.
Year Up (5 recommendations) I am impressed with Year-Up's model and impact. The organization has shown that program graduates are more employable than similar peers and by and large go on to make more money in annual salary than similar peers. Additionally, because of the college credit accumulated in the program, there in an increased-education effect that research shows impacts not only the participants, but their children and families as well.
Year Up
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http://yearup.org

Evidence of Impact

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I am impressed with Year-Up's model and impact. The organization has shown that program graduates are more employable than similar peers and by and large go on to make more money in annual salary than similar peers. Additionally, because of the college credit accumulated in the program, there in an increased-education effect that research shows impacts not only the participants, but their children and families as well.
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I find Year Up to be one of the pen ultimate organizations. They provide proof of impact, have a strong leadership model and have done a great job of advertising what they do.
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Year Up helps young adults, some former foster youth and teenage parents, with real career training, apprenticeships and soft-skills for career success. Youth who succeed in the program get jobs that have career ladders and can break through the poverty barrier that they were raised in, offering more life choices to their children.
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Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate internship. Their results include: 100% placement of qualified students into internships, 95% of interns meet or exceed partner expectations, 84% of graduates employed or in college full time within four months of graduation, and $15/hr average wage at placement. Year Up's accomplishments with youth and as a highly effective organization have been recognized by numerous awards including Nonprofit Times Best Nonprofit to Work, one of US News & World Report's 10 nonprofits tackling difficult challenges and changing the world, Fast Company top nonprofit awards, etc.

Organizational Strengths

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Year-Up has a strong financial-sustainability model in that corporations invest in the training of participants to create a pool of well-trained, diverse employees from which to draw for their companies. This model ensures "skin in the game" from partnering companies, while underwriting the substantial training component and creating real job prospects for program graduates. Additionally, Year Up has a strong brand and is led by a well-respected social entrepreneur who has been able to propagate the organization's learning and best practices widely in a number of different spheres of influence.
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The organization's national leadership is excellent and the people they hire in local offices are of a high standard. The organization has figured out how to successfully market themselves to businesses to aid in their diversity hiring so that the businesses contribute to the non-profits financial model. There is a commitment to data, benchmarking and transparency with donors.
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This is a data-driven, results-oriented, reflective organization. They use a state-of-the-art dashboard -- the staff totally buy into -- to monitor key program metrics. Year Up excels at recruiting and retaining exceptionally talented staff. Founder Gerald Chertavian is a strategic, committed, passionate leader who inspires internal and external supporters with his vision and drive to close the opportunity divide for high risk youth.

Areas for Improvement

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Year Up currently focuses on a select set of fields of interest; it would be exciting for the organization to be able to develop their clients' interests and talents in more fields as the organization expands. It would also be of great benefit if Year Up looked to create more pipelines with K-12 programs so that students completing other programs, but who might not know about or seek out Year Up on their own, can be connected to the program more efficiently.
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The need for this type of career preparation is large and Year Up's contribution to the field is small. As the program expands nationally, it can do more to contribute to the overall field of youth and career development by sharing its resources and framework with others and to think about ways to expand its impact - whether that is through relationships with community colleges, implementing pre-Year Up programming to those without a diploma or GED, or other programs. While it engages in conversations on national policy level, it can probably do even more to promote the "gap-year" training model in the States to shift national attention on the lack of preparedness for the world of work that our education system produces.
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Year Up works with at-risk youth. Because they place youth in internships in business, they have to balance how many high risk youth they can work with AND provide successful candidates that will maintain business confidence in their work. They need to continue work on keeping their commitment to primarily working with high need youth. Working with community colleges are a significant element of their scaling efforts, they need to ensure that the faculty they involve at the colleges are of the same very high quality as the Year Up staff.
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Year Up is doing great work but should consider ways to reduce its cost per student, which is relatively high.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice (4 recommendations) The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a true coalition of concerned individuals, practitioners, advocates and youth, who voluntarily serve at the state and national levels to prevent children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and to uphold the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system. CJJ supports this broad and active coalition across all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia, as the national nonprofit association of Governor-appointed state juvenile justice advisory group members, as well as allied individuals and organizations.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice

http://www.juvjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a true coalition of concerned individuals, practitioners, advocates and youth, who voluntarily serve at the state and national levels to prevent children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and to uphold the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system. CJJ supports this broad and active coalition across all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia, as the national nonprofit association of Governor-appointed state juvenile justice advisory group members, as well as allied individuals and organizations.
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The coordination they provide is high quality, inclusive and very needed in the field.
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They have successfully helped their state government partners to improve how states treat youth in conflict with the law. They have also been successful at working in partnership with federal stakeholders to move the needle forward on juvenile justice reform.
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This organization is instrumental in supporting policies that help youth that come into contact with the justice system. They provide information, and perhaps most importantly, a shared space for advocates to share ideas and collaborate. These collaborations have led to the formation of new organizations in states that lacked advocacy for at-risk youth.

Organizational Strengths

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CJJ boasts amazing leadership in Director Nancy Gannon Hornberger and Deputy Director Tara Andrews, both of whom are dedicated advocates for the well-being of youth involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. They are back by a tireless staff of intelligent, caring individuals doing everything they can to make sure States and localities have all the tools and information they need to promote positive outcomes for these youth.
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Leadership and staff are strong.
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The organization has strong leadership that is very facile at maneuvering among likely and unlikely allies. The leadership also takes a very inclusive approach to their work, bringing in a variety of stakeholders.
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This organization has a competent staff and excellent leader who has great ideas and is a great collaborator.

Areas for Improvement

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CJJ could stand to produce more written materials that help disseminate the great work they are doing around the country, including highlighting some of the best practices in the field. This is really the only negative I can come up with for them at this time.
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Greater capacity is needed.
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They could do so much more if they had more resources.
America's Promise Alliance (2 recommendations) America's Promise has waged a public war on the plight of high school dropouts. It has sponsored nationwide dropout summits and galvanized considerable support to address this issue.
America's Promise Alliance
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http://www.americaspromise.org

Evidence of Impact

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America's Promise has waged a public war on the plight of high school dropouts. It has sponsored nationwide dropout summits and galvanized considerable support to address this issue.
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They have been able to mobilize large scale support for improving lives of young people --working both at the community level in multiple sites and at the national level.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership and marketing are strong. They also get influential spokespersons like Colin Powell.
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They have a good message and communication and a strong brand.
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) (2 recommendations) They perform strong evaluation.
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

http://www.experiencebell.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They perform strong evaluation.
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This recommendation is based on BELL's positive impact on participant test scores through its after school and summer programs. BELL targets youth with low socioeconomic status in elementary and middle school to boost academic skills in english and math.

Organizational Strengths

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They have good leadership.
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BELL has a strong executive team in place, including its executive director, which has been with the organization for over 13 years. The organization has witnessed impressive growth the past 3-5 years and is projected to continue its accelerated rate of growth in the near future. Additionally, BELL's partner school districts praise the organization's site level staff and have provided numerous accounts of positive feedback.

Areas for Improvement

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They have limited reach as their model does not reach large numbers of youth.
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BELL must continue working to secure additional implementation sites and maintain the fidelity of its programs as its continues to expand into new geographies.
Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (C.A.S.E.) (2 recommendations) CASE provides adoption-competent mental health services with families that have adopted children and youth with special needs, primarily those adopted from the public foster care system in Maryland, DC and northern Virginia. The services are provided by seasoned community mental health practitioners, and the agency has existed for just over a decade. The national impact that CASE has had involves publications and training materials that are disseminated widely; the provision of national training and consultation; and most recently a multiple foundation-funded effort to develop of a national curriculum and training program to increase the number of adoption-competent community mental health providers through a year-long post-masters certification training program that is in its second round of being piloted in 3 public/private child welfare jurisdictions. Impact is multi-level - practitioners improve their competence in working with youth challenged by trauma and families raising special needs youth also become more competent in managing challenging behaviors and supporting the emotional needs of young people.
Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (C.A.S.E.)
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http://www.adoptionsupport.org

Evidence of Impact

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CASE provides adoption-competent mental health services with families that have adopted children and youth with special needs, primarily those adopted from the public foster care system in Maryland, DC and northern Virginia. The services are provided by seasoned community mental health practitioners, and the agency has existed for just over a decade. The national impact that CASE has had involves publications and training materials that are disseminated widely; the provision of national training and consultation; and most recently a multiple foundation-funded effort to develop of a national curriculum and training program to increase the number of adoption-competent community mental health providers through a year-long post-masters certification training program that is in its second round of being piloted in 3 public/private child welfare jurisdictions. Impact is multi-level - practitioners improve their competence in working with youth challenged by trauma and families raising special needs youth also become more competent in managing challenging behaviors and supporting the emotional needs of young people.
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The organization successfully works with high risk children and families with clinical post-adoption challenges, keeping hundreds of adoptive families intact.

Organizational Strengths

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The strengths of CASE include the vision for what adoptive families (parents and youth) need to prevent re-entry into the foster care system and to strengthen adoptive family relationships needed to support often traumatized youth in making a successful journey towards adulthood within their new families. Adoption is only the beginning of a lifelong process of healing and building trust that this family can be relied on for a lifetime. The leadership has been strong in articulating the theoretical base for understanding the developmental needs of youth and families that have come together through adoption, and the teaching strategies needed to improve capacities of practitioners across the country in learning the competencies needed to successfully engage these youth and families in positive helping relationships at the community level - relationships that can be a bridge to healing and more successful transitions to adulthood. These strengths are important because, as families report, when families who adopt older youth receive mental health services from practitioners do not understand the clinical issues related to adoption, they can do harm by misinterpreting challenging behaviors and suggesting interventions that are not responsive to the unique needs of families who have adopted youth from the foster care system - or youth who have experienced traumatized childhoods.
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They have visionary leadership; commitment to national dissemination of evidence-based best practices; and a sound policy and practice approach to solving complicated systems issues.

Areas for Improvement

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As with most non-profits, funding for general operations as well as special initiatives is critical. I believe CASE would benefit from funding for at least one additional staff member to lead the national impact certification training program that it is piloting now. States need consultation as they are training trainers, funding (with state and federal dollars), and implementing these programs with local educational institutions as partners. The executive director can not possible run her agency and continue to oversee the national expansion work.
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Funding is an issue for them.
Center for Chidrens Law and Policy (CCLP) (2 recommendations) The organization has had great success in states at decreasing the disproportionate minority contact of youth in the juvenile justice system. Their work on conditions of confinement has also moved improved the treatment of committed youth.
Center for Chidrens Law and Policy (CCLP)

http://www.cclp.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The organization has had great success in states at decreasing the disproportionate minority contact of youth in the juvenile justice system. Their work on conditions of confinement has also moved improved the treatment of committed youth.
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They are reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Organizational Strengths

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They have very strong leadership and staff that has been doing this work for decades.
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They are good with the following: networking with other nonprofits, relations with private and public sector, resource materials, and training and technical assistance.

Areas for Improvement

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They could do more with more resources.
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They need more financing and board development.
Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD) (2 recommendations) They are helping at-risk young women improve their lives in a variety of ways and empowering them.
Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD)
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http://www.cywd.org

Evidence of Impact

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They are helping at-risk young women improve their lives in a variety of ways and empowering them.
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They develop young women who have been involved in the juvenile justice system or are otherwise "at risk" to be leaders, self-reliant, and good parents (for those who are mothers).

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership and staff are strong.
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They have true dedication to young women who are most impacted: staff and leadership come from the impacted communities, and they strive to stay true to the young women's needs. They are about empowerment from within, not paternalistic models of "fixing" young women. Also, dedication to young women who are often overlooked in juvenile justice system.

Areas for Improvement

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I don't think they do media work, which would help move public opinion. They could do a better job of communicating their successes.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (2 recommendations) The primary impact that Chapin Hall has had in the area of foster care is to help develop sound scientifically based perspectives on how to assess and understand the dynamics of child welfare systems and the children and families that are involved. This knowledge is impactful in and of itself, however, it also been applied by researchers at Chapin Hall to work directly with state child welfare agencies to help reorient some of the structural problems related to foster care financing and the incentives that are counter to good outcomes for children.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
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http://www.chapinhall.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The primary impact that Chapin Hall has had in the area of foster care is to help develop sound scientifically based perspectives on how to assess and understand the dynamics of child welfare systems and the children and families that are involved. This knowledge is impactful in and of itself, however, it also been applied by researchers at Chapin Hall to work directly with state child welfare agencies to help reorient some of the structural problems related to foster care financing and the incentives that are counter to good outcomes for children.
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Their development of advanced analytics for child welfare administration was strong.

Organizational Strengths

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The organization emphasizes high quality rigorous research and the maintenance of academic freedom. The organization focuses on a diverse set of issues that impact youth and children from child protection to education.
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They are advancing solutions for problems in early childhood while supporting families.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization could improve its work in the area of child protection. The organization could also increase its profile in the area of economic impacts.
Children's Defense Fund (CDF) (2 recommendations) CDF has done extensive research and advocacy about issues and solutions facing the target population of at-risk youth, their families and communities. They have wielded influence in the political arena and have been tireless in their campaign on behalf of children most in need.
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
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http://www.childrensdefense.org

Evidence of Impact

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CDF has done extensive research and advocacy about issues and solutions facing the target population of at-risk youth, their families and communities. They have wielded influence in the political arena and have been tireless in their campaign on behalf of children most in need.
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Founder Marion Wright Edelman is the authority on knowing the issues and causes affecting high risk youth.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership by Marian Wright Edelman as well as advocacy & lobbying in D.C. are strengths of this organization.
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The organization has national recognition.

Areas for Improvement

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They could have more regional meetings.
Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (2 recommendations) They have been effective with JLWOP litigation.
Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama

http://www.eji.org/eji/

Evidence of Impact

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They have been effective with JLWOP litigation.
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They have represented a number of youth serving juvenile life without parole and helped to successfully win a Supreme Court challenge to the constitutionality of sentencing youth to life without parole for non-homicide offenses. They have also been leaders in representing people who are now eligible for resentencing under this Supreme Court decision.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership is excellent.
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They are talented, strategic attorneys who are deeply committed to their clients. Their leadership is strong as well.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to learn how to collaborate more effectively with partner organizations.
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They could collaborate more, but I know they are very busy.
Familfirst (2 recommendations) The evidence based model of family preservation called Family Centered Treatment is one of the best practices in the field for at risk youth. It is proven to be cost effective and treatment effective.
Familfirst

Evidence of Impact

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The evidence based model of family preservation called Family Centered Treatment is one of the best practices in the field for at risk youth. It is proven to be cost effective and treatment effective.
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The organizations spreads a family systems model of treatment to families, which is highly important for lasting change. Their treatment goes beyond basic individual behavioral services or simply removing an individual from a home setting. It looks to address CORE ISSUES within the family system.

Organizational Strengths

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FamiliFirst is very efficient. It is a small organization but is poised for rapid national growth. It seems able to grow while keeping non direct costs to a minimum.
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The leadership has designed the services to be cost sensitive to other providers attempting to use its model. The set-up of dissemination of the model is meant to make an impact, NOT as a capital venture. Money donated and revenue brought in is put back into advancement of the product not individuals.

Areas for Improvement

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It needs to do a better job at increasing visibility among professionals and national organizations. It also needs more aggressive fund raising initiatives.
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Because it is relatively new, it is still growing and trying to find new resources and means to spread its message.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (2 recommendations) Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general and other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors. They take a hard-nosed look at crime prevention strategies, inform the public and policymakers about those findings, and urge investment in programs proven effective by research. They focus on high quality early education programs, prevention of child abuse and neglect, after-school programs for children and teens, and interventions to get troubled kids back on track.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
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http://www.fightcrime.org

Evidence of Impact

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Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general and other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors. They take a hard-nosed look at crime prevention strategies, inform the public and policymakers about those findings, and urge investment in programs proven effective by research. They focus on high quality early education programs, prevention of child abuse and neglect, after-school programs for children and teens, and interventions to get troubled kids back on track.
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They have contributed to a number of key policy wins for kids, including early childhood funds such as Head Start, after-school such as 21st century, and many state counterparts.

Organizational Strengths

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One of their biggest strengths right now is their leadership in researching and investing in early childhood education and other prevention measures to protect and keep young children out of trouble and harm earlier in life.
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Fight Crime, Invest in Kids has been a unique messenger for children's issues, bringing law enforcement officials forward as strong and united spokespersons for smart, evidence-based investments such as preschool, children's health insurance, after-school. More recently, they've added retired military personnel from high levels to their repertoire, to great effect.

Areas for Improvement

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I don't really know too much about this organization other than what's available publicly so don't know of any areas for improvement in their work. Perhaps one area of improvement would be to reach out more to other non-profits with similar interests and missions to do collaborative work and further spread the great work they are doing.
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They could, at least at the state level, collaborate more with key partners. They tend to go it alone. Federally, a bit of the same.
Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) (2 recommendations) They made an impact on literacy and youth leadership.
Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)
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http://www.girlscouts.org

Evidence of Impact

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They made an impact on literacy and youth leadership.
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This organization focuses on girls, and it has been updating its curriculum to engage girls in new and cutting edge activities.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a proven model and strong evaluation.
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Like Girls Inc, Girl Scouts does have a commitment to research, but it is less focused. Also to be commended for starting a pilot project for daughters of incarcerated women.

Areas for Improvement

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They have difficulty retaining older girls.
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Their program is volunteer driven and in this economy, that is a problem. So they don't get out to low income girls.
Human Rights Watch (2 recommendations) Human Rights Watch has been a leader in research, public education, advocacy, and organizing on the issue of sentencing youth to life without parole. The impact they have made on this issue in California has been tremendous. They have mobilized a broad-based coalition and developed a campaign strategy that has brought California closer than any other state to retroactively abolishing the practice of sentencing youth to life without parole. There is a bill pending, which as recently passed the Senate and will be voted on in the Assembly in the next few months.
Human Rights Watch

http://www.hrw.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Human Rights Watch has been a leader in research, public education, advocacy, and organizing on the issue of sentencing youth to life without parole. The impact they have made on this issue in California has been tremendous. They have mobilized a broad-based coalition and developed a campaign strategy that has brought California closer than any other state to retroactively abolishing the practice of sentencing youth to life without parole. There is a bill pending, which as recently passed the Senate and will be voted on in the Assembly in the next few months.
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They are doing great work on legislation to give those with juvenile life without parole sentences an opportunity for resentencing. It hasn't become law yet, but they've done incredible work to move the policy forward.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership within the organization and the California coalition has been tremendous. They seek input and involvement from families of people serving juvenile life without parole at every level of decision-making. They truly value the role of people directly impacted by this harsh practice.
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They have strong and diverse alliances and coalition, including involving crime victims' support. Their legal and legislative analysis is incredibly strong.

Areas for Improvement

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Their use of social media is weak and at the moment, the focus is a bit narrow, but they plan to broaden their work in the future.
Jobs for the Future (2 recommendations) Their research to build awareness about education challenges and solutions, technical assistance to sites to develop strategies and implementation, and convenings and partnerships to share lessons broadly are all strong.
Jobs for the Future
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http://www.jff.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their research to build awareness about education challenges and solutions, technical assistance to sites to develop strategies and implementation, and convenings and partnerships to share lessons broadly are all strong.
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They impact public policy at the national and local level. They disseminate new and established best practices in implementing programs for high risk youth. They offer high quality technical assistance to organizations and city/regional initiatives focused on this population.

Organizational Strengths

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This nonprofit has a great communications vehicle, making use of social media and traditional outreach.
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They have very strong staff in terms of content knowledge and ability to translate into practical application.

Areas for Improvement

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It could deepen its work to align education and employment outcomes with the needs of specific groups (foster youth, teen parents, homeless youth, etc).
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They could diversify their funding. It is currently too linked to Gates Foundation.
KIPP LA Schools (2 recommendations) They are focused on academic preparation and achievement for at risk and low income youth as an alternative to public education.
KIPP LA Schools
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http://www.kippla.org

Evidence of Impact

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They are focused on academic preparation and achievement for at risk and low income youth as an alternative to public education.
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They do a great job with inner city students.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a strong philanthropic backing. The Fisher Family brings others to the table.
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They have great teachers and curricula.

Areas for Improvement

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If they were able to partner with other high impact organizations focused on families and the communities from which the students come.
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More schools are needed.
National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) (2 recommendations) The degree to which research is relied upon is great.
National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD)
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http://www.nccd-crc.org

Evidence of Impact

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The degree to which research is relied upon is great.
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This agency has an excellent reputation and a strong data analysis.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a broad reach.
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Their website is extremely well designed allowing easy access to important information for the vast public.

Areas for Improvement

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Their for-profit aspect may be detrimental. National Council on Crime & Delinquency Research Center response to this expert quote: while the reviewer made this comment, it is not factual because we are a nonprofit organization.
National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (2 recommendations) They work directly with foster youth.
National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
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http://www.casaforchildren.org

Evidence of Impact

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They work directly with foster youth.
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This organization is more than quadrupled in our area with the services that they provide to the children.

Organizational Strengths

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They are the stable force in a foster youth's life.
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This organization has a very strong leadership component and is well respected in the community and the courts.

Areas for Improvement

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They need more volunteers.
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They do not have enough volunteers to fulfill the need. Staff must spend entirely too much time fundraising.
The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (2 recommendations) Their assistance to legislative reform drives in CA and LA, as well as Supreme Court litigation assistance, has had a broad impact.
The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
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http://www.endjlwop.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their assistance to legislative reform drives in CA and LA, as well as Supreme Court litigation assistance, has had a broad impact.
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They have been instrumental in supporting organizations, providing research and policy analysis, and advocating for changes to laws that sentence youth to life in prison. For example, they worked hard with the attorneys involved in the Sullivan v. Florida case, as well as on legislation in a number of states.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership is excellent and works well within a diverse coalition for excellent strategic results.
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The organization has a strong, high-energy leader that excels at collaboration. In less than two years, the organization has spun off on its own and adopted its own brand.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization needs more staff to assist with litigation strategy and state level policy strategy.
United Way (2 recommendations) Every where you look you see "United Way". They have a strong presence.
United Way
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http://liveunited.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Every where you look you see "United Way". They have a strong presence.
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This organization works to provide for community service agencies that provide services to at risk youth and their families.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership, marketing and staff appear to be so very perfect! Their ability to maneuver with little or no effort is amazing!
N
Leadership of this organization has been aggressive in the area of funding for this population. The United Way resource and helpline provides a wealthy of information to individual children, youth, families and social service professionals.

Areas for Improvement

N
I think they have gotten too large, I fail to see the improvements in the communities that we frequent. We also attempted to see if we could partner but no response to this day after several attempts.
N
The limited amount of funding providing to organizations and the reporting requirements to obtain and sustain the funding are weaknesses.
YMCA of the USA (2 recommendations) They are able to work with the entire spectrum of life and therefore is able to work simultaneously with youth, but their family and community context. While it is important and valuable to emphasize youth work, unless you deal with the community and family, you are just dealing with symptoms.
YMCA of the USA

http://www.ymca.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are able to work with the entire spectrum of life and therefore is able to work simultaneously with youth, but their family and community context. While it is important and valuable to emphasize youth work, unless you deal with the community and family, you are just dealing with symptoms.
F
They have wide reaching programs for youth to help them learn the importance of physical activity and health.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have national scale, but are locally focused. Their rebranding has clarified cause and areas of focused impact. The organization works with youth development but also links the importance of physical and mental/emotional health and wellness.
F
They have locations throughout the U.S. with intergenerational programs.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use better marketing and messaging.
F
A tighter network of YMCAs regionally or nationally would be great.
Youth Justice Institute (2 recommendations) They are improving services for young women in juvenile halls.
Youth Justice Institute
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http://www.yjinstitute.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They are improving services for young women in juvenile halls.
O
They boast expert leadership, tight organizational design, pragmatic and high-impact strategies for working with youth in and out of custody, and possess a research arm of the work to continue to inform organizational best practices.

Organizational Strengths

N
Technical assistance is strong. They are good at developing relationships with, and working with probation/institutions to gain access to youth and better treatment for them. They are great at demonstrating their success, using data.
O
The leadership is outstanding and culturally and linguistically. They have competent staff, and they are professional, reliable and scalable.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their events are not very successful.
Youth Villages (2 recommendations) Their commitment to results, long term tracking of clients, and use of evidence are all great.
Youth Villages
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http://www.youthvillages.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Their commitment to results, long term tracking of clients, and use of evidence are all great.
N
They offer high quality foster care and in-home direct services in many states.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have great leadership and finances.

Areas for Improvement

F
They have an expensive model.
N
They need more focus on policy change.
826 National (1 recommendation) They have strong dedication with underserved youth with real world stories to show impact.
826 National

http://www.826national.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have strong dedication with underserved youth with real world stories to show impact.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong CEO and dedicated founder.
AMIKids (1 recommendation) This large multi-service youth agency has institutions throughout the Southeast. They are committed to provide quality services to youth in the juvenile justice systems in a variety of venues (Institutions, Community Group Homes, Aftercare, prevention services) They provide services to targeted youth issues such as sex offenders, drug users and abusers, juvenile delinquents, and the developmentally delayed.
AMIKids

http://www.amikids.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This large multi-service youth agency has institutions throughout the Southeast. They are committed to provide quality services to youth in the juvenile justice systems in a variety of venues (Institutions, Community Group Homes, Aftercare, prevention services) They provide services to targeted youth issues such as sex offenders, drug users and abusers, juvenile delinquents, and the developmentally delayed.

Organizational Strengths

O
AmiKids is committed to provide quality cognitive behavioral, outcome based, programs to at-risk youth. They support their staff by providing training to them on an on-going basis, supervision and support.

Areas for Improvement

O
This is a multi-state agency that requires coordination of policy and procedures in order to standardize treatment services to youth. Program monitoring and auditing systems need to be refined.
Alexander Youth Network (1 recommendation) The organization offers a variety of services to at risk youth. Their mission and values are sound and the company presents as one that truly wants to make a change.
Alexander Youth Network
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http://www.alexanderyouthnetwork.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization offers a variety of services to at risk youth. Their mission and values are sound and the company presents as one that truly wants to make a change.
Alliance of Concerned Men (1 recommendation)
Alliance of Concerned Men

http://www.allianceofconcernedmen.com/
AmeriCorps (1 recommendation) They have extraordinary reach into multiple youth communities with skill-building experiences that directly help other youth. They run a fabulous program.
AmeriCorps

http://www.americorps.gov/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have extraordinary reach into multiple youth communities with skill-building experiences that directly help other youth. They run a fabulous program.

Organizational Strengths

O
They are political savvy.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (1 recommendation) Through diverse units in multiple states they have promoted or defended a body of law that protects the fundamental due process and constitutional rights of individuals in the United States. Their reach and influence on the law and the lives of citizens has been profound.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

http://www.aclu.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Through diverse units in multiple states they have promoted or defended a body of law that protects the fundamental due process and constitutional rights of individuals in the United States. Their reach and influence on the law and the lives of citizens has been profound.

Organizational Strengths

O
ACLU is really a decentralized cluster of state and local nonprofits. Their greatest strength may lie n the skill and dedication of the attorneys and project managers they deploy to issues, litigation and policy formation throughout the nation. They have a reputation for tenacity and fearlessness in the pursuit of individual liberties. Their left-wing persona is balanced by thorough professionalism, by and large, and by their willingness to adopt causes that serve the interests of individuals at both ends of the political spectrum.

Areas for Improvement

O
ACLU is always having to stretch for resources to sustain its field offices and operations-- they may be short on fundraising power. In some cases, they may overlook or choose to ignore opportunities for compromise on legislation or positions that would produce net value even if the result falls short of their desired, original goal. They could use some more marketing to tone their image into a more centrist look, as presently, political conservatives recoil even from the mention of their name.
Annie E Casey Foundation (1 recommendation) They publish exceptional research and reports on U.S. foster care.
Annie E Casey Foundation

http://www.aecf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They publish exceptional research and reports on U.S. foster care.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could benefit from broader partnerships. Also, the organization focuses a bit on partisan politics where it could benefit from reaching out to all viewpoints.
Aspire Public Schools (1 recommendation) Aspire targets students who demographically would be at high risk of dropping out of high school and graduates the majority of each incoming freshman class, while also preparing its graduates to attend four-year colleges and universities. 100% of the 2010 class of seniors at Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy graduated and were admitted to four-year colleges or universities.
Aspire Public Schools
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http://www.aspirepublicschools.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Aspire targets students who demographically would be at high risk of dropping out of high school and graduates the majority of each incoming freshman class, while also preparing its graduates to attend four-year colleges and universities. 100% of the 2010 class of seniors at Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy graduated and were admitted to four-year colleges or universities.

Organizational Strengths

N
Aspire has been able to grow prudently in the last several years without sacrificing quality of programming or desired outcomes. Additionally, Aspire has positioned itself well as a brand and within the media, including being featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman and receiving a well-publicized investment from Oprah Winfrey.

Areas for Improvement

N
Aspire should continue to focus on ensuring that students who start the 9th grade go on to complete high school and also increase its advocacy platform to better cross-pollinate best practices with traditional schools and districts.
At the Crossroads (1 recommendation) Executive Director Rob Gitin began by doing the outreach work himself, meeting homeless young people on the streets of two San Francisco neighborhoods with high homeless populations: lower Market Street and the Mission District. As the organization grew, it developed increased capacity to serve more homeless youth and today ATC staff contact between 50 and 60 young people each night they do outreach. After meeting youth on outreach and building trust – which can take weeks or months – clients determine when they are ready to talk one-to-one with a counselor about their hopes and goals and make an appointment to meet with ATC counselors in a place that’s comfortable for them (it could be the ATC office, a taqueria or McDonalds). In a typical week there are about 50 of these one-to-one meetings. These meetings are time consuming and reflect the deep commitment ATC makes to each client in order to comprehensively work through the complicated issues with which youth are grappling, but the success rate is remarkable: more than 90% of ATC clients achieve one or more of their goals each year. The scale of ATC’s work is substantial. ATC has worked with over 6,000 young people since its founding. ATC’s commitment to every client is evidenced by the philosophical decision to work with each youth for as long as they want: no client who fits the age requirement (14-24) has ever been denied services or discontinued from ATC’s program for any reason. The challenges in evaluating how the lives of homeless youth may be improving are profound. There are often trust barriers between clients and service providers and it is difficult to survey an itinerant population. Despite this, and because of the bonds that ATC counselors form with their clients, ATC is able to elicit honest responses and effectively evaluate the program’s impact. A recent multi-year evaluation conducted by Rob demonstrated that of the clients in long-term ATC counseling: • 95% achieved stable housing • 87% improved their legal income • 74% were working, in school, or both • 93% improved their social network.
At the Crossroads

http://atthecrossroads.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Executive Director Rob Gitin began by doing the outreach work himself, meeting homeless young people on the streets of two San Francisco neighborhoods with high homeless populations: lower Market Street and the Mission District. As the organization grew, it developed increased capacity to serve more homeless youth and today ATC staff contact between 50 and 60 young people each night they do outreach. After meeting youth on outreach and building trust – which can take weeks or months – clients determine when they are ready to talk one-to-one with a counselor about their hopes and goals and make an appointment to meet with ATC counselors in a place that’s comfortable for them (it could be the ATC office, a taqueria or McDonalds). In a typical week there are about 50 of these one-to-one meetings. These meetings are time consuming and reflect the deep commitment ATC makes to each client in order to comprehensively work through the complicated issues with which youth are grappling, but the success rate is remarkable: more than 90% of ATC clients achieve one or more of their goals each year. The scale of ATC’s work is substantial. ATC has worked with over 6,000 young people since its founding. ATC’s commitment to every client is evidenced by the philosophical decision to work with each youth for as long as they want: no client who fits the age requirement (14-24) has ever been denied services or discontinued from ATC’s program for any reason. The challenges in evaluating how the lives of homeless youth may be improving are profound. There are often trust barriers between clients and service providers and it is difficult to survey an itinerant population. Despite this, and because of the bonds that ATC counselors form with their clients, ATC is able to elicit honest responses and effectively evaluate the program’s impact. A recent multi-year evaluation conducted by Rob demonstrated that of the clients in long-term ATC counseling: • 95% achieved stable housing • 87% improved their legal income • 74% were working, in school, or both • 93% improved their social network.

Organizational Strengths

F
For more than a decade ATC has enabled youth to address their challenges, and connected them to relevant social service providers by providing patient and rigorous outreach and counseling services grounded in optimism and building trust. The lives of young people on San Francisco streets are valuable, and by supporting their growth in unique, self-directed ways they will avoid becoming the adult homeless of the future and will become contributing members of our California communities. Additionally, Rob’s innovative thinking also extends to fundraising for the organization. Recognizing that ATC needed to diversify its revenue streams, Rob applied the customized approach ATC uses for its clients to engaging individual donors across the economic spectrum. The results have been incredible: few non-profits with a $600,000 budget have over 1500 annual donors - but ATC does. The bulk of these donors contribute to ATC’s annual I Think I Can Campaign (ITIC), which uses a web-based platform to empower fans to become fundraisers, recruiting their networks to support ATC. ITIC resembles a walk-a-thon, but, instead of just walking, participants can pick any goal to which they aspire: play the ukulele, clean out a basement, run in a marathon. In 2010, just its second year of implementation, ATC engaged 95 ITIC campaigners who activated 1,560 individual donors to contribute over $101,000 for ATC. Rob has always believed that an important part of his work is to advocate for policies that make it easier for homeless youth to access the services they need in an atmosphere that is understanding, welcoming, and builds on each young person’s strengths. He serves as: • a member of the Steering Committee for Transitional Age Youth San Francisco (TAYSF), which guides the direction the city is taking to address the needs of disconnected 16-24 year-olds. • co-chair of the TAY Executive Directors workgroup. Through his work, Rob has played a critical role in the city’s decision to develop 400 new units of housing for homeless youth, create an emergency housing fund for unstably housed youth, and identify TAY as a priority population within the city’s funding for youth. / / Internally, he instituted the position of Community Resource Coordinator to ensure that all of the referrals made by Outreach Counselors are to agencies that not only provide needed services, but do that in a way that is compatible with ATC’s values. Subtle coaching by ATC staff has resulted in changes in the ways other service providers in San Francisco reach out to homeless youth. Strength Since co-founding At The Crossroads in 1998 following coursework in urban poverty at Stanford and work at a San Jose youth shelter, Rob has served as the organization’s heart and soul – not just its Executive Director. He identified the values and methodology that permeate the organization, and informs the thoughtful way that each person—board members, staff, clients, and volunteers—relate to one another. The current budget is around $600,000, and ATC serves 2,000 clients per year.

Areas for Improvement

F
ATC would like to enlarge its budget in order to pay higher wages to staff. The San Francisco Bay Area is an expensive place to live, and our talented staff deserves more than the organization can currently pay. ATC has just become a 501(c)(3) after having been fiscally sponsored for many years. The eight person board needs to expand. Our executive director needs more support staff. He is a remarkably versatile and talented leader, but he should leave when he chooses too, not because he is overwhelmed.
Breaking Free (1 recommendation) They have a strong presence in the community for helping women out of prostitution.
Breaking Free

http://www.breakingfree.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a strong presence in the community for helping women out of prostitution.

Organizational Strengths

N
BF is very well known in the sexual violence community.

Areas for Improvement

N
BF could attend the Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol team more often to have an even greater presence in the community.
California Youth Connections (CYC) (1 recommendation) They are a trailblazer in involving youth in foster care in policy making process; they are responsible for creating most of the innovative child welfare laws in California; and they make both a personal and policy impact on youth in foster care.
California Youth Connections (CYC)
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http://www.calyouthconn.org

Evidence of Impact

O
They are a trailblazer in involving youth in foster care in policy making process; they are responsible for creating most of the innovative child welfare laws in California; and they make both a personal and policy impact on youth in foster care.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a membership of youth in foster care that can be mobilized.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could use better marketing and must address staff issues.
Camp Fire USA - National (1 recommendation) I was a participant in this program as a child and know the impact it makes on ability to set and achieve goals and overall self-confidence and skill building.
Camp Fire USA - National
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http://www.campfireusa.org

Evidence of Impact

N
I was a participant in this program as a child and know the impact it makes on ability to set and achieve goals and overall self-confidence and skill building.

Organizational Strengths

N
Camp Fire has strengths such as a rich history and broad alumni base.

Areas for Improvement

N
Camp Fire could improve by further differentiating themselves from organizations like Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) (1 recommendation) CEO has been demonstrated to significantly reduce recidivism among young people released from prison by helping them find and maintain employment. Evaluated by MDRC using a random assignment methodology, the program has shown significant long-term impacts with youth who are highly vulnerable to unemployment and further criminal involvement.
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
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http://www.ceoworks.org

Evidence of Impact

R
CEO has been demonstrated to significantly reduce recidivism among young people released from prison by helping them find and maintain employment. Evaluated by MDRC using a random assignment methodology, the program has shown significant long-term impacts with youth who are highly vulnerable to unemployment and further criminal involvement.

Organizational Strengths

R
The leadership of the organization is committed both to helping young people get on the right track for employment and life success following release from prison and to creating a program model that can be replicated and validated. This is an extremely challenging population but the organization has made tremendous strides in learning what works best to produce positive long-term outcomes for this group. In addition, their performance tracking and management system has increased their capacity to serve the population in an effective way.

Areas for Improvement

R
Replication of their model, along with continued study on the key components that are necessary for success would be significant improvements for this organization. There are many employment/re-entry programs for people leaving prison, but few have demonstrated significant success. Building the knowledge base regarding what works with this population would represent a substantial contribution by the organization to social policy in this country.
Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) (1 recommendation) They have a focus on youth related community development approaches to improve how public agencies engage families with the objective of improving the uptake of services. This approach has the potential to prevent longer term involvement with child welfare systems.
Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
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http://www.cssp.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They have a focus on youth related community development approaches to improve how public agencies engage families with the objective of improving the uptake of services. This approach has the potential to prevent longer term involvement with child welfare systems.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization provides consistent leadership to the field. Rather than stay focused on policy in the Washington, DC climate the organization makes an effort to diffuse and test its initiatives and programs to the state and local levels.

Areas for Improvement

R
The research and evaluation work that the organization carries out is a weakness. There may be too little integration of its various programmatic areas.
Child Help International (CHI-EN) (1 recommendation) This is a very strong nonprofit organization that helps children who have been abused.
Child Help International (CHI-EN)

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Child+Help+International

Evidence of Impact

N
This is a very strong nonprofit organization that helps children who have been abused.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) (1 recommendation) They run interventions at national and state government levels to address needs of children and families, particularly poor families and children of color, across a broad range of disciplines including foster care, health, mental health and skill building programs for at risk youth.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
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http://www.cwla.org

Evidence of Impact

O
They run interventions at national and state government levels to address needs of children and families, particularly poor families and children of color, across a broad range of disciplines including foster care, health, mental health and skill building programs for at risk youth.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have financial muscle and broad financial support. They have a long history and legendary standing in the field, decent leadership and a well tuned team that interacts with policymakers and drafts or guides federal legislation. Also, they have a decent array of publications.
Child Welfare Research Center - Center for Social Services Research at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare (1 recommendation) The CWRC was among the first organizations to provide detailed data concerning child welfare at the county level and to provide these data with a high degree of transparency via public facing websites. Many of the approaches to make these data available are being replicated in other states adding to improving the understanding of child welfare dynamics and also to improving the quality of the underlying data through feedback.
Child Welfare Research Center - Center for Social Services Research at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

http://cssr.berkeley.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
The CWRC was among the first organizations to provide detailed data concerning child welfare at the county level and to provide these data with a high degree of transparency via public facing websites. Many of the approaches to make these data available are being replicated in other states adding to improving the understanding of child welfare dynamics and also to improving the quality of the underlying data through feedback.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization has a high degree of integrity with respect to the information it provides, and increasingly is sought after nationally.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are too California-focused at this time.
Children's Aid Society (CAS) (1 recommendation) The organization's work with pregnancy prevention has been widely recognized as a national model and has been implemented in various locations outside of NYC.
Children's Aid Society (CAS)
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http://www.childrensaidsociety.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The organization's work with pregnancy prevention has been widely recognized as a national model and has been implemented in various locations outside of NYC.

Organizational Strengths

F
The nonprofit has various programs for youth that span the risk ranges and is large enough to be able to adapt to new needs. It is a national model of an organization combining education, health and social services to respond to kids's needs overall.

Areas for Improvement

F
It can share its resources and model more broadly across the U.S. All communities should have similar organizations that are the "go-to" organization for youth and many communities have fragmented systems that don't place health, education and social services under one umbrella. CAS can be more of a resource to other communities.
Children's Institute Inc. (1 recommendation) The Children's Institute uses evidence-based programs to achieve lasting positive impact for traumatized children. Through their mental health services, educational services, and family support, they are making a difference in an historically underserved area by improving school performance and social interactions and by helping families stay together.
Children's Institute Inc.
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http://www.childrensinstitute.org

Evidence of Impact

R
The Children's Institute uses evidence-based programs to achieve lasting positive impact for traumatized children. Through their mental health services, educational services, and family support, they are making a difference in an historically underserved area by improving school performance and social interactions and by helping families stay together.

Organizational Strengths

R
Use of evidence-based programs for improved mental health, family preservation, and academic achievement are one of the strengths of the Children's Institute. Also, their commitment to train the next generation of clinical leaders through the Pre-Doctoral Internship Program will not only have an impact on the interns, but will help spread the word about what really works to make lasting improvements in the lives of children and families.

Areas for Improvement

R
Although they employ evidence-based practices, the organization needs to conduct further research (with both internal and external evaluators) to determine the impact of their particular array of services, especially if children and families are accessing multiple programs within their organization. In addition, sharing more information on their performance monitoring and improvement systems would be helpful to build knowledge in the area of implementation science related to delivering evidence-based programs.
Citizen Schools (1 recommendation) Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country. 76% of Citizen Schools students were eligible for free or reduced price lunch. The majority of students identified as Latino or African American. Over 33% of participants spoke a primary language other than English at home. In terms of results: Citizen Schools participants had a 21% higher high school graduation rate than a set of matched peers; 9 out of 10 CS alumni passed state exit exams in math and english.
Citizen Schools
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http://www.citizenschools.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country. 76% of Citizen Schools students were eligible for free or reduced price lunch. The majority of students identified as Latino or African American. Over 33% of participants spoke a primary language other than English at home. In terms of results: Citizen Schools participants had a 21% higher high school graduation rate than a set of matched peers; 9 out of 10 CS alumni passed state exit exams in math and english.

Organizational Strengths

F
Like so many high impact nonprofits, Citizen Schools has superb leadership in Eric Schwarz and a super bright leadership team. They attract talented, committed staff who want to be part of an organization that is making a difference. They utilize a rigorous program scorecard to chart goals and monitor progress.

Areas for Improvement

F
Citizen Schools holds itself accountable for academic outcomes. They need to continue refine this element of their program of their program so they achieve the ambitious goals they have identified. Expanded Learning Time is their key strategy for scaling their work and scaling impact. With scarce resources, they need to look at how work with non-ELT schools nests within this work.
City of Refuge (1 recommendation) They have an outstanding outreach program that goes to the community. They also provide housing and education for homeless and feed them everyday offering showers, clothing and barber and beauty aid.
City of Refuge
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http://www.cityofrefugeinc.com

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an outstanding outreach program that goes to the community. They also provide housing and education for homeless and feed them everyday offering showers, clothing and barber and beauty aid.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization has leadership that is so focused on growing the community as well aiding the at risk youth. The role models and opportunities for the kids is excellent.

Areas for Improvement

N
They can offer more classes for the youth to help with motivation and home peace. They can not be so generic when they have events for the youth. They could demand more involvement from the volunteers such as the professional players and or other public figures, like more interacting with the kids with pictures and autographed photos to remind them of the day.
Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio (1 recommendation) The COHHIO YEP has been in operation for over a decade. This is a youth directed, youth informed organization that provides a voice for youth which directly results in housing units being dedicated to youth who are homeless. Additionally, youth are trained on leadership, employment, and connected to education.
Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio
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http://www.cohhio.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The COHHIO YEP has been in operation for over a decade. This is a youth directed, youth informed organization that provides a voice for youth which directly results in housing units being dedicated to youth who are homeless. Additionally, youth are trained on leadership, employment, and connected to education.

Organizational Strengths

N
The following are the organization's strengths: leadership, staff, and fiscal agent - COHHIO.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use more funding.
Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth (1 recommendation) They make an impact advocating for the rights of children, youth and families with particular emphasis on public policy. They were the most instrumental organization in creating the children's tax for San Francisco that ensures a funding stream for children, youth and their families as a matter of public policy and dollars.
Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth
Silver-small

http://www.colemanadvocates.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They make an impact advocating for the rights of children, youth and families with particular emphasis on public policy. They were the most instrumental organization in creating the children's tax for San Francisco that ensures a funding stream for children, youth and their families as a matter of public policy and dollars.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are great at bringing people together to achieve consensus.
College Horizons (1 recommendation) They have demonstrated results with college matriculation rates for Native American students.
College Horizons
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http://www.collegehorizons.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They have demonstrated results with college matriculation rates for Native American students.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong leadership and wide reach to Native populations across the U.S. including Hawaii.

Areas for Improvement

F
I'd like to seem them serving larger numbers and hosting programs at more institutions.
College Summit (1 recommendation) They have demonstrated results with helping students, particularly low-income students, matriculate on to post-secondary education.
College Summit
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http://www.collegesummit.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They have demonstrated results with helping students, particularly low-income students, matriculate on to post-secondary education.

Organizational Strengths

F
The organization has an established leadership position and the Executive Director and Founder has been a strong and unifying force. Additionally, the organization has made a name for itself and gained support of President Obama as evidenced by the noble prize dollars being donated to the organization.

Areas for Improvement

F
Funding is always an issue with this organization. Getting school districts to buy in and pay for the services and getting college campuses to host the program are always challenges.
Covenant House (1 recommendation) Their outreach and services to homeless youth are strong.
Covenant House
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http://www.CovenantHouse.org

Evidence of Impact

R
Their outreach and services to homeless youth are strong.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their leadership and operations are strong.
Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries (1 recommendation) The ASK program has been a staple alternative to juvenile detention in inner-city Nashville for twenty years providing primary intervention services to court involved youth. The program constantly modifies behaviors of troubled youth and directs them towards positive productivity.
Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries

Evidence of Impact

F
The ASK program has been a staple alternative to juvenile detention in inner-city Nashville for twenty years providing primary intervention services to court involved youth. The program constantly modifies behaviors of troubled youth and directs them towards positive productivity.

Organizational Strengths

F
The executive director has been in place since its inception. All young people referred by the juvenile court is admitted and never denied entrance. The program reports annual reductions in recidivism.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization needs to diversify its funding streams. A comprehensive sustainability planning process would enable the program to expand its capacity and serve more youth.
District of Columbia College Success Foundation (DC CSF) (1 recommendation) The mission of CSF is to further educational opportunities by increasing the number of college graduates among low-income and underserved youth. In celebrating its tenth anniversary recently, CSF also celebrates its programs’ impact and success in inspiring students to finish high school and pursue postsecondary opportunities. Over the past decade, CSF has provided over $100 million in scholarships to nearly 6,500 students and currently touches the lives of over 14,500 students annually. The mission of CSF is to further educational opportunities by increasing the number of college graduates among low-income and underserved youth. In celebrating its tenth anniversary recently, CSF also celebrates its programs’ impact and success in inspiring students to finish high school and pursue postsecondary opportunities. Over the past decade, CSF has provided over $100 million in scholarships to nearly 6,500 students and currently touches the lives of over 14,500 students annually. A unique aspect of CSF programming is its intentional design to serve foster youth earlier, therefore creating a larger pipeline of students for future programs. CSF has a well established statewide early identification program, College Bound, which allows them to begin providing support to low-income students, many of whom are students in foster care, as early as 7th grade. Currently over 70,000 students participate in this program with an additional 35,000 added annually.
District of Columbia College Success Foundation (DC CSF)

http://www.dccollegesuccessfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The mission of CSF is to further educational opportunities by increasing the number of college graduates among low-income and underserved youth. In celebrating its tenth anniversary recently, CSF also celebrates its programs’ impact and success in inspiring students to finish high school and pursue postsecondary opportunities. Over the past decade, CSF has provided over $100 million in scholarships to nearly 6,500 students and currently touches the lives of over 14,500 students annually. The mission of CSF is to further educational opportunities by increasing the number of college graduates among low-income and underserved youth. In celebrating its tenth anniversary recently, CSF also celebrates its programs’ impact and success in inspiring students to finish high school and pursue postsecondary opportunities. Over the past decade, CSF has provided over $100 million in scholarships to nearly 6,500 students and currently touches the lives of over 14,500 students annually. A unique aspect of CSF programming is its intentional design to serve foster youth earlier, therefore creating a larger pipeline of students for future programs. CSF has a well established statewide early identification program, College Bound, which allows them to begin providing support to low-income students, many of whom are students in foster care, as early as 7th grade. Currently over 70,000 students participate in this program with an additional 35,000 added annually.

Organizational Strengths

F
CSF utilizes public-private partnerships as a way to leverage financial resources to provide assistance to increasing numbers of high-need students served. This includes a solid and growing donor base of 145 local and regional businesses, 32 family foundations and 1,870 individuals, who contribute to CSF annually. In its ten years of implementing program services, CSF has the benefit of a well-documented and tested set of “best practices” that allows its programs to directly engage students, of diverse backgrounds, as early as 7th grade well into the students’ first steps on their chosen career paths. CSF is fortunate to have a strong partnership with the BOLD (Business Opportunities for Leadership) Initiative in Washington State. Now in its fourth year, CSF and BOLD have worked together to bring CSF scholars opportunities for internships and employment with participating BOLD companies (currently more than ten) who desire greater diversity in their workforce and want to support graduates who have persevered through personal challenges to earn their degree and are now ready to apply their knowledge and skills.

Areas for Improvement

F
CSF currently serves youth in Washington and Washington DC. The organization has the vision and capacity to expand nationally and is currently collecting data in efforts to explore national replication.
Early Learning Ventures (1 recommendation) They have encouraged child care providers to increase access to affordable, high-quality care for all children leading to a better start in school and life.
Early Learning Ventures

http://www.earlylearningventures.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have encouraged child care providers to increase access to affordable, high-quality care for all children leading to a better start in school and life.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good leadership, excellent marketing operations, and a vested interest.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more exposure and to become sustainable.
Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA) (1 recommendation) This program helps youth turn their life around by addressing responsibilities.
Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA)
Silver-small

http://www.eckerd.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This program helps youth turn their life around by addressing responsibilities.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff make the connection with the youth - many times having been past participants themselves.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to be able to expand this to more states.
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (1 recommendation) Ella Baker Center advocates both on the street level and at State Legislator. This agency's campaigns humanize at-risk youth, which is an important component in cultivating change.
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Silver-small

http://www.ellabakercenter.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Ella Baker Center advocates both on the street level and at State Legislator. This agency's campaigns humanize at-risk youth, which is an important component in cultivating change.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff are well-educated and represent the agency well. They utilize social networking in a positive and successful manner.
Family Connections (1 recommendation) They work in partnership with communities, schools and families. These groups are work within the communities to identify needed resources for at-risk youth, then help implement those programs.
Family Connections

http://www.familyconnections.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They work in partnership with communities, schools and families. These groups are work within the communities to identify needed resources for at-risk youth, then help implement those programs.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are set up to work as a collaborative not in a silo.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization just needs funding. They are highly effective.
Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami (1 recommendation) They offer specialized services to victims of trauma, they are committed to best practices, and they have strong leadership.
Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami

http://familycounseling.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They offer specialized services to victims of trauma, they are committed to best practices, and they have strong leadership.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have dedicated staff with clear organizational goals that are connected with daily activities.

Areas for Improvement

R
They should increase staffing.
Family Support Network (1 recommendation) Family Support Network, a statewide representative of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, works with families of children in the abuse and neglect arena. They have evidence based outcomes that belie belief. Eighty one percent of the families they serve do not reappear in the state abuse and neglect system in a five year review following graduation from the program
Family Support Network

http://www.familysupportnet.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Family Support Network, a statewide representative of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, works with families of children in the abuse and neglect arena. They have evidence based outcomes that belie belief. Eighty one percent of the families they serve do not reappear in the state abuse and neglect system in a five year review following graduation from the program

Organizational Strengths

F
The finances of the agency are managed by an accountant who is deeply committed to maintaining both audit quality reports as well as overseeing the research underpinnings of the agency. The parent educator is amazing, successfully negotiating tribal communities and rural farm communities in providing parenting classes. National trainers call her "fabulous."

Areas for Improvement

F
FSN has recently completed level 3 standard training in the National Triple P America program. The goal is to create a Parent Ask hotline to assist any parent who may have a child rearing question to get information without stigma. In order to accomplish this additional funding to bring national trainers in primary skill development is needed.
First Focus Campaign for Children (1 recommendation) First Focus has literally achieved billions of dollars of increased or sustained investments in federal programs for children, CHIP (health insurance), food programs, tax policies and stimulus funds.
First Focus Campaign for Children

http://www.ffcampaignforchildren.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
First Focus has literally achieved billions of dollars of increased or sustained investments in federal programs for children, CHIP (health insurance), food programs, tax policies and stimulus funds.

Organizational Strengths

F
First Focus is led by a highly effective CEO, Bruce Lesley, who established bi partisan credibility and effective leadership in a crowded but not particularly effective space (children's advocacy). He's built an excellent staff, used innovative creativity to fund necessary analyses that no one else was doing at critical moments which have been highly influential, been a savvy communications leader and built strong alliances with state based groups.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could strengthen their role in the tax arena (now strong on finance and budget) and in early childhood. Also could work even smarter with state based advocacy groups.
First Place for Youth (1 recommendation) They help foster youth aging out of foster care find housing, and providing them with support.
First Place for Youth
Silver-small

http://www.firstplaceforyouth.org

Evidence of Impact

O
They help foster youth aging out of foster care find housing, and providing them with support.

Organizational Strengths

O
Leadership and finances are strong in this organization.
Foster City Mothers Club (1 recommendation) They have an alumni group for foster kids who advocate and give a face for the issue. The organization provides an umbrella for these young people.
Foster City Mothers Club

http://www.fostercitymothersclub.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an alumni group for foster kids who advocate and give a face for the issue. The organization provides an umbrella for these young people.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their passion, purpose and need are great.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should focus on sustainability and connections to other groups that can support the youth.
Foundation for the Nativity and Miguel Schools (1 recommendation) They have great leadership.
Foundation for the Nativity and Miguel Schools

http://www.nativitymiguelschools.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have great leadership.
Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop (1 recommendation)
Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
Bronze-small

http://www.freemindsbookclub.org
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) (1 recommendation) They have a strong impact by teaching at-risk youth involved with the juvenile justice system or at risk of dropping out about their legal rights as well as life skills.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

http://www.flyprogram.org

Evidence of Impact

O
They have a strong impact by teaching at-risk youth involved with the juvenile justice system or at risk of dropping out about their legal rights as well as life skills.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their leadership and staff are strong.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) (1 recommendation) Glsen has spearheaded efforts to improve the lives of GLBT youth, advocating successfully for anti-bullying legislation, non-discrimination legislation and safe space in American schools and communities.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
Silver-small

http://www.glsen.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Glsen has spearheaded efforts to improve the lives of GLBT youth, advocating successfully for anti-bullying legislation, non-discrimination legislation and safe space in American schools and communities.

Organizational Strengths

N
They use strong advocacy strategies and research to move their agenda.
Gates Family Foundation (1 recommendation) Their public education has a direct impact on many at-risk youth residing in these communities.
Gates Family Foundation

http://www.gatesfamilyfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Their public education has a direct impact on many at-risk youth residing in these communities.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership of Bill and Melinda Gates in unparalleled. As leaders of this foundation, they have shown a strong, dedicated committed to the area of education. Their breadth of resources has enabled them to obtain high quality staff and as well targeted marketing in many communities.

Areas for Improvement

F
In addition to the public education agenda, perhaps the foundation can focus also on Teen pregnancy and the cohort of young parents who lack the services and supports to obtain a successful education.
Gateway to College National Network (1 recommendation) Their success in helping high school dropouts reconnect to their education and complete their high school diploma and earn credit towards a college degree. They have really pioneered a dual-enrollment model for this population.
Gateway to College National Network
Silver-small

http://www.gatewaytocollege.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Their success in helping high school dropouts reconnect to their education and complete their high school diploma and earn credit towards a college degree. They have really pioneered a dual-enrollment model for this population.

Organizational Strengths

F
Leadership and staff are great.

Areas for Improvement

F
Marketing and operations could be improved.
Georgia Parent Support Network (1 recommendation) The successful outcomes this parent run organization, a statewide organization of the National Federation of families for Children's mental Health, provides services to youth and parents involved in mental health. They have provided therapeutic foster care, a family resource center, and one to one support to help youth with a mental illness be maintained in the community close to family.
Georgia Parent Support Network

http://www.gpsn.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The successful outcomes this parent run organization, a statewide organization of the National Federation of families for Children's mental Health, provides services to youth and parents involved in mental health. They have provided therapeutic foster care, a family resource center, and one to one support to help youth with a mental illness be maintained in the community close to family.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their leadership and staff are strong. Recently, with the downturn in the economy, staff of GPAN chose to reduce their personal salaries in order to keep as many of their colleagues as possible.

Areas for Improvement

F
The management struggles to provide adequate supervision to staff because of the loss of funding. Additionally, they need to create a strong development staff.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit (1 recommendation) The educational attainment outcomes and employment they have achieved is amazing.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

http://www.goodwilldetroit.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The educational attainment outcomes and employment they have achieved is amazing.

Organizational Strengths

F
Goodwill works very well with hard to serve populations - African American males ages 16-24.

Areas for Improvement

F
The program is intensive and cannot serve large numbers needed to improve outcomes for this population
Green Dot Public Schools (1 recommendation) They do a great job with inner city students.
Green Dot Public Schools

http://www.greendot.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They do a great job with inner city students.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have great leadership.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to be bigger.
Habitat for Humanity International (1 recommendation) They have brought housing and stability for at-risk youth and their families.
Habitat for Humanity International

http://www.habitat.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They have brought housing and stability for at-risk youth and their families.

Organizational Strengths

F
Leadership and staffing are great. The leadership seeks to staff these construction sites with community partners and stakeholders, volunteers, and the identified families for the home. This promotes a sense of community and belonging.
Hands On Atlanta (1 recommendation) I hear great things about them; they are very large here in Atlanta.
Hands On Atlanta

http://www.HandsOnAtlanta.org

Evidence of Impact

N
I hear great things about them; they are very large here in Atlanta.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership appears to be awesome! I say this due to the words I hear of them from other smaller organizations. They have been around for quite some time.

Areas for Improvement

N
This is one that fails to follow through when a lesser non profit attempts to connect. Reaching out to them is almost like trying to see Elton John.
Higher Achievement Program (1 recommendation) They have impressive placement and success records for middle- and high school students participating in the program. Their focus is on increasing student engagement and achievement, increasing family involvement, increasing academic success by placing students in better/private schools.
Higher Achievement Program
Silver-small

http://www.higherachievement.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impressive placement and success records for middle- and high school students participating in the program. Their focus is on increasing student engagement and achievement, increasing family involvement, increasing academic success by placing students in better/private schools.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a long, careful history of program development. They also have a solid management infrastructure thanks to support from several foundations/corporations including, Atlantic, Altria, and perhaps EM Clark.
Hosanna Community Foundation (1 recommendation) They make a high impact on a distressed inner city community. They are a faith based organization, family centered, focused on building resiliency in youth, and focused on academic skills.
Hosanna Community Foundation

http://hosannacommunitybc.org/Foundation.html

Evidence of Impact

R
They make a high impact on a distressed inner city community. They are a faith based organization, family centered, focused on building resiliency in youth, and focused on academic skills.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a leader with deep vision, and are willing to get evidence based training in family therapy despite limited financial resources, committed to the community, willing to do whatever it takes to help youth and families heal.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need more funding for administrative staff; director/minister is doing most of the work with no administrative help and needs another fulltime job to meet his family's needs.
Institute for Family Development (1 recommendation) Research and evaluations over the past 25 years demonstrate their impact.
Institute for Family Development

http://www.institutefamily.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Research and evaluations over the past 25 years demonstrate their impact.

Organizational Strengths

N
IFD has had outstanding leadership for decades--the Executive Director is the most knowledgeable person in the nation on Intensive Family Preservation Services. The organization has also adhered to model fidelity of the program and developed quality assurance measures to strengthen and expand the program.

Areas for Improvement

N
They would benefit from more affordable training and implementation of the model.
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (IFAPA) (1 recommendation) IFAPA has been serving youth through the training of those that serve them via foster/adoptive care for over a quarter century. Without quality training, foster/adoptive parents and social workers would not be kept abreast of the ever changing information regarding children/teens who have suffered trauma and loss in their lives. This agency provides such training as brain research as it relates to traumatized youth, anger de-escalation methods, self-injurious behaviors and much more.
Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (IFAPA)

http://www.ifapa.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
IFAPA has been serving youth through the training of those that serve them via foster/adoptive care for over a quarter century. Without quality training, foster/adoptive parents and social workers would not be kept abreast of the ever changing information regarding children/teens who have suffered trauma and loss in their lives. This agency provides such training as brain research as it relates to traumatized youth, anger de-escalation methods, self-injurious behaviors and much more.

Organizational Strengths

O
IFAPA excels in their marketing, utilizing to the fullest extent possible the funding given them, and getting highly trained trainers to disseminate information needed to help youth thrive in the system they find themselves in.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need more fundraising events to help fill the coffer so as more training could be offered would be of great benefit.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center (1 recommendation) The Cooney Center is making a huge impact by linking the education arena with the digital and technology arena to improve the academic success of at-risk children and youth.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center

http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Cooney Center is making a huge impact by linking the education arena with the digital and technology arena to improve the academic success of at-risk children and youth.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership drive of Dr. Michael Levine, staff, marketing, and operations are all strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
Spreading its tentacles to tap more diverse experts to drive its agenda would help this organization.
John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham (1 recommendation) Although the John Avery Boys and Girls Club of Durham is one of many youth development programs in Durham county, it is one of few that provides positive youth development (pre and post juvenile delinquency). Their mission is to inspire and enable the youth of Durham county, ages 6-18, to reach their full potential of being a productive, caring and responsible citizen.
John Avery Boys & Girls Club of Durham

http://www.johnavery.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Although the John Avery Boys and Girls Club of Durham is one of many youth development programs in Durham county, it is one of few that provides positive youth development (pre and post juvenile delinquency). Their mission is to inspire and enable the youth of Durham county, ages 6-18, to reach their full potential of being a productive, caring and responsible citizen.

Organizational Strengths

R
John Avery Boys and Girls club of Durham's greatest strength is its ability to reach out to the community. They welcome the resources and help of community businesses, schools, and churches to help them fulfill their mission to youth. Lastly, the John Avery Boys and Girls club provides a caring and safe place for youth.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization could greatly benefit from fund raising efforts. To tie into fund raising, the center would also be better served through more efficient and effective resource and development efforts.
Juma Ventures (1 recommendation) The proportion of participants accessing college and good vocational development outcomes show they are doing great work.
Juma Ventures
Silver-small

http://www.juma.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The proportion of participants accessing college and good vocational development outcomes show they are doing great work.

Organizational Strengths

F
The organization operates effective social enterprises and has strong business management.

Areas for Improvement

F
They operate a social enterprise, a hotel. It is not clear that it fits well with Juma's business model. They are probably better at providing vocational development and employment than preparing youth for college, but decided to use proportion access college as core outcome.
Just Children (1 recommendation) Just Children is an innovative legal advocacy organization that provides both direct services and engages in statewide advocacy on behalf of young people touched by public systems.
Just Children

http://www.justchildren.net/

Evidence of Impact

F
Just Children is an innovative legal advocacy organization that provides both direct services and engages in statewide advocacy on behalf of young people touched by public systems.

Organizational Strengths

F
JC has incredible focus on its mission and the youth and families that it serves. It also has incredible and super competent staff.

Areas for Improvement

F
Marketing and development: JC needs help to attract additional support so that it can meet demand in VA; and so that it can provide advice to other entities similarly situated.
Juvenile Law Center (1 recommendation) Their legal and policy advocacy impact on child welfare and juvenile justice issues, nationally and in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been great.
Juvenile Law Center

http://www.jlc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Their legal and policy advocacy impact on child welfare and juvenile justice issues, nationally and in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been great.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their leadership, operations, and networking with other nonprofits are strong.

Areas for Improvement

F
They should prepare for leadership succession and diversify funding.
KVC Health Systems (1 recommendation) They offer high quality foster care and mental health services.
KVC Health Systems

http://www.kvc.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They offer high quality foster care and mental health services.

Organizational Strengths

N
They make great use of evidence-based practices.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to make more policy impact.
LIFT (1 recommendation) LIFT is positively impacting its clients through job coaching and training, including a 67% interview-to-placement rate in 2010, as well as increased access to services and resources, including filing 750 free tax returns for clients in 2010. These positive client outcomes are linked by research to increased economic stability and improved social outcomes for low-income individuals and their families.
LIFT
Silver-small

http://www.liftcommunities.org

Evidence of Impact

N
LIFT is positively impacting its clients through job coaching and training, including a 67% interview-to-placement rate in 2010, as well as increased access to services and resources, including filing 750 free tax returns for clients in 2010. These positive client outcomes are linked by research to increased economic stability and improved social outcomes for low-income individuals and their families.

Organizational Strengths

N
LIFT has a clearly defined theory of change and has aligned its service model closely with that theory of change. Additionally, LIFT has made strategic moves in recent years to invest more deeply in targeted communities, resulting in greater impact.

Areas for Improvement

N
LIFT could invest more in following clients post-service to demonstrate long-term impact, especially through some sort of third-party evaluation. Additionally, LIFT should continue its investment in volunteer training and retention to streamline operations and ensure continuity of service and impact over time.
Larkin Street Youth Services (1 recommendation) The organization works with youth of all age, especially transitional age youth. It also works with disconnected youth, youth in foster care and group homes.
Larkin Street Youth Services
Silver-small

http://www.larkinstreetyouth.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization works with youth of all age, especially transitional age youth. It also works with disconnected youth, youth in foster care and group homes.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong and focused executive and board leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
Long term case management for transitional age youth is needed in this entire sector.
Latin American Youth Center (1 recommendation)
Latin American Youth Center
Silver-small

http://www.layc-dc.org
Lighthouse Youth Services (LYS) (1 recommendation) This organization has an in-house bi-directional housing continuum for current and former foster youth that prepares youth for independence once they are released from the foster care system.
Lighthouse Youth Services (LYS)
Silver-small

http://www.lys.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has an in-house bi-directional housing continuum for current and former foster youth that prepares youth for independence once they are released from the foster care system.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership, staff, training institute, funding, and their direct connection to the voice of young people are all strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
All organizations, including LYS, could be improved by additional funding and staff.
Lutheran Services in Iowa Charitable Foundation (1 recommendation) Their residential programming, foster care initiatives, programs for those with disabilities and great staff are all strong.
Lutheran Services in Iowa Charitable Foundation

http://lsiowa.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Their residential programming, foster care initiatives, programs for those with disabilities and great staff are all strong.

Organizational Strengths

O
I mentioned staff in my previous statement. They have always been friendly, consumer friendly, compassionate and good community leaders.

Areas for Improvement

O
To get and KEEP the great staff, higher pay would be an awesome incentive for doing all they do.
MISSSEY (1 recommendation) MISSSEY has been a leader in creating knowledge and services for commercially sexually exploited children. In the short period of its existence, they have shared and trained various individuals and organizations around this issue. This agency has been recognized locally and nationally.
MISSSEY

http://www.misssey.org

Evidence of Impact

O
MISSSEY has been a leader in creating knowledge and services for commercially sexually exploited children. In the short period of its existence, they have shared and trained various individuals and organizations around this issue. This agency has been recognized locally and nationally.

Organizational Strengths

O
MISSSEY has worked with Craigslist on messaging to the public, a huge work. Staff are creative in all aspects of its operations, growth, and model of supporting the CSECs.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to tell their story more.
MST Institute (1 recommendation)
Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center (1 recommendation) This organization is filling a gap in the state of Maryland by providing direct services and referrals to foster care alumni. They are also contributing to the reform of the child welfare system to ensure that youth are adequately prepared for self-sufficiency and adulthood prior to emancipation.
Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center

http://www.mfyrc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization is filling a gap in the state of Maryland by providing direct services and referrals to foster care alumni. They are also contributing to the reform of the child welfare system to ensure that youth are adequately prepared for self-sufficiency and adulthood prior to emancipation.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization is headed by Shalita O'Neale, who was in foster care and kinship care placements and aged out of the system. She is a dynamic, gifted leader and an impressive fundraiser. Their funding is robust but more is always needed.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more funding.
MomsRising (1 recommendation) They have galvanized a grassroots voice of over 1 million active members through innovative use of Social media. Their activism was essential on some federal issues, such as the reauthorization of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance), health care reform, and assurances that CHIP and Medicaid would not be cut back while health reform was coming on line, just to name a few. They've also been instrumental in state based campaigns such as preserving over $600 million in early childhood investments in California (First 5)and Connecticut's recent passage of paid sick days for low income workers, mostly parents.
MomsRising
Silver-small

http://www.momsrising.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They have galvanized a grassroots voice of over 1 million active members through innovative use of Social media. Their activism was essential on some federal issues, such as the reauthorization of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance), health care reform, and assurances that CHIP and Medicaid would not be cut back while health reform was coming on line, just to name a few. They've also been instrumental in state based campaigns such as preserving over $600 million in early childhood investments in California (First 5)and Connecticut's recent passage of paid sick days for low income workers, mostly parents.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have been huge innovators in the use of social and new media to advance grassroots voices for parents and children...unprecedented, really. From 5 years ago as a start up to now, with over 1 million active members (defined as people who have, literally, taken action in the past year), this is a great break through for children's issues. Monitor Institute recently recognized them as one of only a small handful of national organizations who are leading in the use of cutting edge new media and activism.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are just experiencing some growing pains. They are, for example, very effective at building alliances with organizations representing communities of color. Can they have a full commitment to a Spanish reading/speaking audience? Right now, it's simply cost that's getting in the way.
National Alliance to End Homelessness (1 recommendation) The Alliance has increased its lobbying efforts to keep Runaway and Homeless Youth Issues and funding in front of congress.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Silver-small

http://www.endhomelessness.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The Alliance has increased its lobbying efforts to keep Runaway and Homeless Youth Issues and funding in front of congress.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are very responsive to changing legislative priorities and have a good ability to strategically plan to get the most support possible.
National Associated of Youth Courts (1 recommendation) They are largely responsible for the low recidivism rates of juvenile offenders that complete a youth court program.
National Associated of Youth Courts

http://www.youthcourt.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are largely responsible for the low recidivism rates of juvenile offenders that complete a youth court program.

Organizational Strengths

N
This is a fairly new organization that is partnering with several other organizations to produce quality results. It is a very progressive organization.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization needs a solid resource of funding in order to complete the desired tasks.
National Association of Social Workers (1 recommendation) The impact of services provided to at risk youth through qualified and trained social workers in the field is great.
National Association of Social Workers

http://www.socialworkers.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The impact of services provided to at risk youth through qualified and trained social workers in the field is great.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are highly recognized for advocacy with the legislatures. Another strength is the national organizations educational and networking opportunities for social workers who provide services to at risk youth.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have a limited scope of services. The organization does not provide direct care to at risk youth and their families. They need more of a focus on the professionalism of the practice and advocacy to that end.
National Black Child Development Institute (1 recommendation) NBCDI is an organization that impacts at risk black youth and their families by addressing education.
National Black Child Development Institute

http://nbcdi.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NBCDI is an organization that impacts at risk black youth and their families by addressing education.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organizational leadership is effective on the national and local level in the area of leadership of this topical area. The organization is knowledgeable about the non traditional families that are parenting African American children.

Areas for Improvement

N
On the local level, the organization could do more to market the advocacy efforts and to recruit participants.
National Center for Children and Families (1 recommendation) This is the organization responsible for ensuring that school districts nationwide honor the educational rights of homeless children and youth. They do an outstanding job and indeed it was their advocacy that created a law which extended these same educational rights to foster youth in the U.S.
National Center for Children and Families

http://www.nccf-cares.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This is the organization responsible for ensuring that school districts nationwide honor the educational rights of homeless children and youth. They do an outstanding job and indeed it was their advocacy that created a law which extended these same educational rights to foster youth in the U.S.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership and the policy shop which is headed by the very impressive Barbara Duffield.

Areas for Improvement

N
Funding and expanded staff would help this organization.
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (1 recommendation) They make an impact with leadership on the issues, by raising public awareness, and by providing training and technical assistance.
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

http://www.ncmhjj.com/

Evidence of Impact

F
They make an impact with leadership on the issues, by raising public awareness, and by providing training and technical assistance.

Organizational Strengths

F
The staff, resource materials, networking, and relationships are all strong.

Areas for Improvement

F
Building capacity and raising additional resources would help them.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) (1 recommendation) They have very strong leadership in the response to online exploitation of children with tremendous multi-agency collaboration involving both government and NGOs. This leadership has led to a much more refined intervention strategy for protecting children.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
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http://www.missingkids.com

Evidence of Impact

N
They have very strong leadership in the response to online exploitation of children with tremendous multi-agency collaboration involving both government and NGOs. This leadership has led to a much more refined intervention strategy for protecting children.

Organizational Strengths

N
NCMEC possesses a diverse and expert staff in diverse areas of focus. Additionally, they have created significant leverage by assembling a powerhouse board of directors who assist in creating opportunities for program expansion and awareness. Additionally, they continually refine their internal procedures and embrace emerging technologies to assist with these efforts.

Areas for Improvement

N
NCMEC would benefit from more proactively engaging organizations who are working directly with victims of sexual abuse to bridge the gap between contact sexual abuse and children who are victims of online solicitation and exploitation. Developing more collaborative training efforts along these topic areas would assist in these efforts.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) (1 recommendation) They have provided great awareness to the issues of crime victims with a focus on providing high quality response so as to limit the likelihood of these individuals having negative outcomes in the future.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
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http://www.ncvc.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have provided great awareness to the issues of crime victims with a focus on providing high quality response so as to limit the likelihood of these individuals having negative outcomes in the future.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great market awareness in the victims of crime field and are seen as a leader. Additionally, they are able to bring together diverse groups with significant expertise to address the challenging issues facing victims of crime.

Areas for Improvement

N
As with most nonprofits, the NCVC would benefit from increasing collaborations with other nonprofits working in this area by more proactively reaching out to engage subject matter experts in specific areas to further enhance the synergy between each nonprofit and also to identify new areas of collaboration and expertise.
National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) (1 recommendation) The organization is successful at in-depth state-based juvenile justice reform and serves as a key partner to launch other national and local reform efforts.
National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)
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http://www.youthlaw.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization is successful at in-depth state-based juvenile justice reform and serves as a key partner to launch other national and local reform efforts.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have talented staff and leadership that allows staff to readily engage in emerging issues. Their expertise is both broad and deep, and they bring these talents to bear on all of their activities.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could do a lot more with more resources.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (1 recommendation) The NCTSN has revolutionized the awareness, development, and dissemination of evidence-based mental health practices for children affected by trauma of all kinds. These interventions are entirely focused on reducing children's symptoms following a trauma with a long-term goal of making them highly functioning individuals across the lifespan.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

http://www.nctsn.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The NCTSN has revolutionized the awareness, development, and dissemination of evidence-based mental health practices for children affected by trauma of all kinds. These interventions are entirely focused on reducing children's symptoms following a trauma with a long-term goal of making them highly functioning individuals across the lifespan.

Organizational Strengths

N
The NCTSN has extraordinary technical expertise and scientific approach to this issue. The strong engagement with higher education and researchers has allowed them to demonstrate significant impact. Additionally, they have developed hundreds of useful documents which are freely downloadable and have application in a wide variety of traumatic situations, and focused on various populations.

Areas for Improvement

N
The NCTSN has a dramatic need to diversify its funding to assure the continued implementation of these efforts. Being significantly dependent on the federal government does not bode well for sustainability.
National Children's Alliance (1 recommendation) The NCA serves as a membership organization for Children's Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams, and its creation has supported the development of more than 800 CACs throughout the United States which served more than 270,000 children in 2010.
National Children's Alliance
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http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The NCA serves as a membership organization for Children's Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams, and its creation has supported the development of more than 800 CACs throughout the United States which served more than 270,000 children in 2010.

Organizational Strengths

N
The NCA has a broad membership throughout the United States, but it possesses a small staff with limited expertise in the field.

Areas for Improvement

N
The NCA would be well served to diversity its funding as it is primarily dependent on federal funding to support its work. Additionally, working in a more collaborative manner to elevate the status of their member programs instead of promoting their own identify would engender better engagement throughout this community. There are many CACs throughout the country who have chosen to not join the NCA, and thusly, the NCA needs to work to create a greater perception of membership value by offering increased support to the member programs.
National Childrens Advocacy Center (1 recommendation) Child Advocacy Centers works with children and adolescents that are abused. The advocacy centers work in partnership/teams with law enforcement, department of family and children services, mental health and medical communities to not only interview children but also help in the healing process. This group works closely with the child and non-offending caregiver from beginning of disclosure through prosecution of case.
National Childrens Advocacy Center
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http://www.nationalcac.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Child Advocacy Centers works with children and adolescents that are abused. The advocacy centers work in partnership/teams with law enforcement, department of family and children services, mental health and medical communities to not only interview children but also help in the healing process. This group works closely with the child and non-offending caregiver from beginning of disclosure through prosecution of case.

Organizational Strengths

N
This is a national organization with state offices that provide the standards by which child advocacy center work. There are national and state trainings, money (some) for training and needed equipment, etc.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use more money for local child advocacy centers and a better way for peer review - especially for the rural centers.
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (1 recommendation) They have a wealth of knowledge about issues facing runaway and homeless youth.
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a wealth of knowledge about issues facing runaway and homeless youth.
National College Access Network (1 recommendation) They offer great resources for college prep for at-risk youth.
National College Access Network

http://www.collegeaccess.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They offer great resources for college prep for at-risk youth.
National Guard Youth Foundation (1 recommendation) This organization works directly with youth, who have dropped out of high school, and have externally evaluated outcomes around GED completion and securing sustained employment.
National Guard Youth Foundation

http://www.ngyf.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization works directly with youth, who have dropped out of high school, and have externally evaluated outcomes around GED completion and securing sustained employment.

Organizational Strengths

F
Military officers comprise the core leadership of this program, including the Comptroller of the National Guard Bureau. The leadership maintains a strategic focus and has shown a sincere commitment to deploying this program. Additionally, the National Guard Youth Foundation, which helps to fund National Guard Youth Challenge Program, has strong relationships with its counterparts at the state level, who operate the individual program sites.

Areas for Improvement

F
This nonprofit needs to expand beyond its traditional funding source, the Department of Defense, and engage institutional, corporate, and individual donors. The program has relied heavily on one source during its early development and is at a stage where it could diversify its funding sources to limit its overall risk.
National Juvenile Defender Center (1 recommendation) They have improved defender services and advocacy.
National Juvenile Defender Center

http://www.njdc.info/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have improved defender services and advocacy.

Organizational Strengths

O
Leadership, organization and commitment are all strong.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need more funding and staff to increase advocacy and training and information sharing.
National Runaway Switchboard (1 recommendation) The Switchboard has remained a relevant way for young people to access services even through means of communication have changed. I'm very impressed by their use of texting and social media to connect with runaway young people.
National Runaway Switchboard
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http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The Switchboard has remained a relevant way for young people to access services even through means of communication have changed. I'm very impressed by their use of texting and social media to connect with runaway young people.
National Youth Employment Coalition (1 recommendation) NYEC operates at a critical juncture between Education, Employment and Youth Development. As a coalition it has successfully, brought together generations of at-risk youth advocates, thinkers, researchers and direct service providers, who work individually and collectively to advance at risk youth.
National Youth Employment Coalition

http://www.nyec.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
NYEC operates at a critical juncture between Education, Employment and Youth Development. As a coalition it has successfully, brought together generations of at-risk youth advocates, thinkers, researchers and direct service providers, who work individually and collectively to advance at risk youth.

Organizational Strengths

F
Convening is NYEC's greatest strength. They regularly bring together long term partners and new partners. This enables them to accomplish excellent federal advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

F
NYEC needs to market itself. Its name suggests a more limited scope of work which undermines its natural appeal to education, juvenile justice and foster care oriented bodies and individuals--who would benefit most by affiliation.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) (1 recommendation) They do a great job with inner city, at risk students.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

http://www.nfte.com/

Evidence of Impact

F
They do a great job with inner city, at risk students.

Organizational Strengths

F
They offer great entrepreneurship training.

Areas for Improvement

F
It needs to get out of model of students creating businesses.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) (1 recommendation) NFTE has worked with thousands of at-risk youth. As the Executive Director, I had first hand knowledge and experience of the positive changes entrepreneurship education has on youth.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
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http://www.nfte.com

Evidence of Impact

N
NFTE has worked with thousands of at-risk youth. As the Executive Director, I had first hand knowledge and experience of the positive changes entrepreneurship education has on youth.

Organizational Strengths

N
The curriculum created by the founder is very strong. It is on its 11th edition. The model used to implement the program (training teachers to implement the program in schools and community-based organization) allows for greater reach

Areas for Improvement

N
The leadership of the organization needs to change as it does not celebrate or replicate the innovation from its field office. The internal operations do not operate to support the field offices
Nurse Family Partnership (1 recommendation) Nurse-Family partnership has demonstrated significant and long-lasting positive impacts on both children and mothers through their home visitation program. Randomized controlled trials with three diverse populations showed consistent program effects that provide a stronger start for children who are at significant risk of negative school and life outcomes.
Nurse Family Partnership
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http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org

Evidence of Impact

R
Nurse-Family partnership has demonstrated significant and long-lasting positive impacts on both children and mothers through their home visitation program. Randomized controlled trials with three diverse populations showed consistent program effects that provide a stronger start for children who are at significant risk of negative school and life outcomes.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have been able to engage in high-quality long-term research using the strongest methodologies in order to demonstrate their impact. They also have a strong track record in engaging with community stakeholders to bring this effective model to a wide variety of populations

Areas for Improvement

R
While NFP has been demonstrated to be effective on a variety of indicators, questions remain regarding the specific path through which improvements are made: what components of the program are critical to achieve long-term positive outcomes, what populations are most/least likely to benefit from this intervention? Answering these types of questions could not only improve implementation of the program in various communities but could provide important information to other programs serving similar populations. Wide dissemination of this information could prove invaluable to increasing knowledge in the area of improving outcomes for first-time mothers and their children.
Operation Hope of Fairfield (OH) (1 recommendation) Operation HOPE has effectively addressed financial literacy in at-risk, urban communities. It provides technical assistance, training and forums to hard to reach populations and has experienced tremendous success.
Operation Hope of Fairfield (OH)
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http://www.OperationHopeCT.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Operation HOPE has effectively addressed financial literacy in at-risk, urban communities. It provides technical assistance, training and forums to hard to reach populations and has experienced tremendous success.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership, staff, and marketing are strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use better planning of high-profile media events.
Pace Center for Girls (PACE) (1 recommendation) PACE addresses youth (girls) that have been lost in the education system and are more than likely going to drop out of school. This program brings in different service providers to teach life skills and assist with their educational needs.
Pace Center for Girls (PACE)
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http://www.pacecenter.org

Evidence of Impact

N
PACE addresses youth (girls) that have been lost in the education system and are more than likely going to drop out of school. This program brings in different service providers to teach life skills and assist with their educational needs.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff build longterm relationships with the teens which in turn brings trust and a sense of belonging for the girls. The connection with the schools and the legal system, as well as the families to be able to advocate for the girls.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to have a larger facility with classrooms and supplies that are adequately. The salary of the staff should be raised, too.
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) (1 recommendation) This organization is outstanding in determining the need and finding the sources to produce a very worthy product.
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

http://www.pire.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization is outstanding in determining the need and finding the sources to produce a very worthy product.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have high quality staff that is the best of the best. They have been fairly successful over the years in obtaining the funding needed for their different research projects by establishing a very strong reputation with their end products.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to market their products more for the lay person. Funding is always a problem with any non-profit.
Parents as Teachers (1 recommendation) The organization does research-based home visiting that has had measurable impact on positive parenting, delay of subsequent pregnancy, and children reaching appropriate developmental milestones.
Parents as Teachers
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http://www.parentsasteachers.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The organization does research-based home visiting that has had measurable impact on positive parenting, delay of subsequent pregnancy, and children reaching appropriate developmental milestones.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a culturally sensitive program and good marketing.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to address areas of weakness in the model.
Pennsylvania Partnership for Children (1 recommendation) They have had a major impact on youth related legislation: pre-k, full day kindergarten, education reform and juvenile justice.
Pennsylvania Partnership for Children

http://www.papartnerships.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have had a major impact on youth related legislation: pre-k, full day kindergarten, education reform and juvenile justice.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have active, practical, smart leaders who know how to move and agenda and can work on both sides of the political aisle.

Areas for Improvement

N
Like most nonprofits this one needs more funding to able to successfully fulfill all that is really needed.
Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) (1 recommendation) PYN is a high impact advocate for at-risk youth in Philadelphia. PYN wields data effectively and is a resource to the field.
Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
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http://www.pyninc.org

Evidence of Impact

F
PYN is a high impact advocate for at-risk youth in Philadelphia. PYN wields data effectively and is a resource to the field.

Organizational Strengths

F
PYN's use of data to drive evidence based advocacy is a model that should be replicated.

Areas for Improvement

F
PYN's operations are dedicated to addressing issues and challenges in Philadelphia, however there is great need beyond that City. PYN needs to consider its role in statewide policy advocacy and in replicating its approach in other cities.
Posse Foundation (1 recommendation) They have a great, innovative concept to help students stay in college.
Posse Foundation
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http://www.possefoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a great, innovative concept to help students stay in college.

Organizational Strengths

N
They benefit from great leadership and financing.
Pressley Ridge (1 recommendation) They offer high quality direct services for treatment foster care.
Pressley Ridge
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http://www.pressleyridge.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They offer high quality direct services for treatment foster care.

Organizational Strengths

N
They offer high quality treatment foster care.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more focus on policy change and advocacy.
Project 1.27 (1 recommendation) Project 1.27 recruits, trains, prepares and supports families wishing to adopt children/youth from the public child welfare system. This is done without governmental support. Over 130 children/youth have been placed with their "forever" family based on Project 1.27's work.
Project 1.27

http://project127.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
Project 1.27 recruits, trains, prepares and supports families wishing to adopt children/youth from the public child welfare system. This is done without governmental support. Over 130 children/youth have been placed with their "forever" family based on Project 1.27's work.

Areas for Improvement

O
They should improve on fundraising and marketing to other churches to develop adoption support groups to support the families who adopt.
Rhode Island Foster Parent Association (RIFPA) (1 recommendation) RIFPA , have fundamentally change the way the state child welfare agency does business for transitioning youth. The permanence planning model "Real. Connections" have led to young people finding permanent adult supporters. They have trained and partnered with scores of older youth from foster care in advocating for several policy and practice changes.
Rhode Island Foster Parent Association (RIFPA)

http://www.rifpa.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
RIFPA , have fundamentally change the way the state child welfare agency does business for transitioning youth. The permanence planning model "Real. Connections" have led to young people finding permanent adult supporters. They have trained and partnered with scores of older youth from foster care in advocating for several policy and practice changes.

Organizational Strengths

F
The Executive director is a strategic and visionary leader. She and her lead operation/research staff is have transformed the organization from a limited focus of recruiting and supporting foster parents, to a major systems reform organization. In four years they have increased the annual budget from the mid ten's of thousands to multi-million dollars.

Areas for Improvement

F
Marketing, communications and development could be improved by attracting unrestricted funds for general operating expenses.
Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps (1 recommendation) Through direct services, policy advocacy, and systems change they have made an impact.
Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps
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http://www.rfkchildren.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Through direct services, policy advocacy, and systems change they have made an impact.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have stable operations and financing along with strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

F
They would benefit from expanding nationally and strengthening policy analysis.
Roca (1 recommendation) ROCA targets youths ages 13 to 24 who are disconnected from families, public assistance and other supports services and helps link to services to meet their basics needs and assists them to a pathway to long-term stability.
Roca
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http://www.rocainc.com

Evidence of Impact

F
ROCA targets youths ages 13 to 24 who are disconnected from families, public assistance and other supports services and helps link to services to meet their basics needs and assists them to a pathway to long-term stability.

Organizational Strengths

F
They are well managed, and highly effective at funding raising in the private sector.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to develop greater relationships with public systems for referrals and sustainability funding.
SPARK (1 recommendation) Spark’s goal is to reduce the high school dropout rate by motivating middle school students to stay in school. It gives low-income 7th and 8th graders real world experiences linked to their future career aspirations by matching them with one-to-one mentoring apprenticeships with local professionals such as dentists, pilots, police officers, jewelers and interior designers. Youth also participate in field trips and leadership development trainings that focus on public speaking, character development and teamwork. Spark's assessments of participant experience show that the program helps students increase their motivation to do well in school, their self-confidence and self-awareness. Youth also report that they can identify and access needed community resources and are more confident in standing up for their beliefs. A longitudinal study of Spark’s first cohort also showed that 98% graduated from high school. It currently serves youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles with plans to launch a program in Chicago this year.
SPARK
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http://www.sparkprogram.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Spark’s goal is to reduce the high school dropout rate by motivating middle school students to stay in school. It gives low-income 7th and 8th graders real world experiences linked to their future career aspirations by matching them with one-to-one mentoring apprenticeships with local professionals such as dentists, pilots, police officers, jewelers and interior designers. Youth also participate in field trips and leadership development trainings that focus on public speaking, character development and teamwork. Spark's assessments of participant experience show that the program helps students increase their motivation to do well in school, their self-confidence and self-awareness. Youth also report that they can identify and access needed community resources and are more confident in standing up for their beliefs. A longitudinal study of Spark’s first cohort also showed that 98% graduated from high school. It currently serves youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles with plans to launch a program in Chicago this year.

Organizational Strengths

F
Spark is run by innovative and accomplished leaders. Chris Balme, Spark’s founder and executive director, recently received both the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Draper Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship. He is also an Ashoka Fellow. Spark’s 12-member board, comprised of an attorney, financial advisor, philanthropic professionals, educators and youth, has committed to contributing 15% of the organization’s budget annually.

Areas for Improvement

F
Operating any high-quality youth program is expensive. In this case, Spark is costly because it provides low-income, at-risk youth with staff and time intensive programming that offers youth mentors along with academic support and character and leadership development. Nevertheless, Spark’s results demonstrate that the high cost is worth it. At the same time, an added benefit of Spark’s expansion is that it is poised to achieve economies of scale, and its projected cost-per-student will likely decrease.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (1 recommendation) This is a long standing organization that incorporates community and social workers to accomplish their mission.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
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http://www.sfcapc.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This is a long standing organization that incorporates community and social workers to accomplish their mission.

Organizational Strengths

N
They provide strong community support.
Sasha Bruce Youthwork (1 recommendation) I've met the youth they serve and have worked with their agency for 10+ years.
Sasha Bruce Youthwork
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http://www.sashabruce.org

Evidence of Impact

N
I've met the youth they serve and have worked with their agency for 10+ years.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership, a strong agency director, and a solid program.
Seneca Center (1 recommendation) They take an evidence-based approach to serving children and families. They have comprehensive treatment and service delivery tailored to individual needs of high-risk children resulting in positive long-term outcomes.
Seneca Center
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http://www.senecacenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They take an evidence-based approach to serving children and families. They have comprehensive treatment and service delivery tailored to individual needs of high-risk children resulting in positive long-term outcomes.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their commitment to interagency collaboration; highly skilled leadership; implementation of learning labs for staff as well as undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level interns and trainees; and comprehensive clinical and management training are all strengths.
South Sumter Resource Center (1 recommendation) The South Sumter Resource Center serves the community in multiple purposes, they are as follows: adult education, library branch, DHEC Family Planning, HIV/AID prevention collaboration, Santee Lynches Housing and CDC Community Oriented Policing and After School Educational Programs. Most importantly, the center also serves as a place of intervention for delinquents.
South Sumter Resource Center
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http://www.palss.org

Evidence of Impact

R
The South Sumter Resource Center serves the community in multiple purposes, they are as follows: adult education, library branch, DHEC Family Planning, HIV/AID prevention collaboration, Santee Lynches Housing and CDC Community Oriented Policing and After School Educational Programs. Most importantly, the center also serves as a place of intervention for delinquents.

Organizational Strengths

R
By far, the center's greatest strength is operations, in that it provides several services. The centers marketing efforts are also strong.

Areas for Improvement

R
The center could improve in funding and program efforts. The center could provide delinquents with more training in leadership and crafts/trade.
Southern Poverty Law Center (1 recommendation) Their Mississippi school to prison work is strong, they have strong litigation results, and attract media attention.
Southern Poverty Law Center
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http://www.splcenter.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Their Mississippi school to prison work is strong, they have strong litigation results, and attract media attention.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have great marketing and diverse funding.

Areas for Improvement

O
Leadership development in the organization is needed.
Strategies for Children (1 recommendation) This is the organization that led the fight for health care for all Massachusetts' children. This is a smart, effective advocacy organization that gets things done.
Strategies for Children
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http://www.strategiesforchildren.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This is the organization that led the fight for health care for all Massachusetts' children. This is a smart, effective advocacy organization that gets things done.

Organizational Strengths

N
Once again, the leadership is strong and in this organization they have leadership at all levels-- so there are many good leaders on a small staff. I was particularly impressed that they recently changed their strategy based on the fact that they hadn't made much progress with their old strategy.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more funding.
Street Law (1 recommendation) They teach youth about practical legal issues.
Street Law
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http://www.streetlaw.org/en/index.aspx

Evidence of Impact

F
They teach youth about practical legal issues.

Organizational Strengths

F
The founding leadership of organization is great.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need more classes across the U.S.
Summer Advantage USA (1 recommendation) They have strong research validation.
Summer Advantage USA

http://www.summeradvantage.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have strong research validation.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
They only have a regional footprint.
Sumter Hope Centers (1 recommendation) There are very few centers in Sumter County that provide positive youth development and a safe and caring environment for youth. HOPE centers also provide education, job training, and cultural and recreational activities for the youth.
Sumter Hope Centers

http://www.sumtersc.gov/departments/CommunityServices_HopeCenters.aspx

Evidence of Impact

R
There are very few centers in Sumter County that provide positive youth development and a safe and caring environment for youth. HOPE centers also provide education, job training, and cultural and recreational activities for the youth.

Organizational Strengths

R
The HOPE centers provide versatile programs that all promote growth and meaningful education for the youth. Lastly, their operations provide a bridge between them and the community; they work with the community to provide a center that is conducive to learning and growing for everyone that is involved.

Areas for Improvement

R
Funding and educational/youth programs could use improvement. Although the centers cater to keeping the youth healthy and educated, they could do more by providing programs that train youth on how to be leaders, to volunteer, and become involve with a craft such as music or art.
The Adoption Exchange (1 recommendation) The Adoption Exchange in Aurora assists families by preparing them to be an adoptive family. They assist states in finding forever families for children and youth that are legally free for adoption. They advocate in the community and around the country for permanency for children and youth.
The Adoption Exchange

http://www.adoptex.org

Evidence of Impact

O
The Adoption Exchange in Aurora assists families by preparing them to be an adoptive family. They assist states in finding forever families for children and youth that are legally free for adoption. They advocate in the community and around the country for permanency for children and youth.

Organizational Strengths

O
Through the strong leadership and staffing pattern at The Adoption Exchange in Aurora funds are raised to ensure marketing of the message - a need to find permanent homes for waiting children/youth; that training and preparation of families occurs.

Areas for Improvement

O
The Adoption Exchange needs additional donors to ensure that the quality work continues.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (1 recommendation) In reading their profile they are balanced in their efforts to aid the at risk youth as well as their support of other organizations. They deal with the child, family, education, community then the arts.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

http://www.blankfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
In reading their profile they are balanced in their efforts to aid the at risk youth as well as their support of other organizations. They deal with the child, family, education, community then the arts.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their ability to fund other smaller organizations and their resourcefulness are strengths of this organization.

Areas for Improvement

N
I think they could show more compassion for smaller non profits that are just beginning. I think they could show more interest in the actual communities that they impact with hands on rather than just sending out.
The Bridge for Youth (1 recommendation) This agency does not turn away youth and does a great job changing the services as the population and culture changes.
The Bridge for Youth
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http://www.bridgeforyouth.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This agency does not turn away youth and does a great job changing the services as the population and culture changes.

Areas for Improvement

N
Staff turnover is common everywhere in direct services with youth, however it is vital that youth have consistent staff.
The C.A.L.L. in Arkansas (1 recommendation) The C.A.L.L. in Little Rock, Arkansas, is instrumental in recruiting foster and adoptive families to serve abused and neglected children.
The C.A.L.L. in Arkansas

http://www.thecallinarkansas.org

Evidence of Impact

O
The C.A.L.L. in Little Rock, Arkansas, is instrumental in recruiting foster and adoptive families to serve abused and neglected children.

Organizational Strengths

O
The CALL's leadership and collaboration has engaged churches throughout the Little Rock community and across the state to bring awareness to the need for foster and adoptive parents for children/youth served by Child Welfare.

Areas for Improvement

O
Fundraising and marketing must be improved.
The Children's Center (1 recommendation) The Children's Center treats the most severely emotionally disturbed children ages 0 to 8 in the state of Utah, thought the use of evidence based practices and a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. The Center also serves as clinical consultants public community mental health, Medicaid and child welfare agencies statewide.
The Children's Center

http://www.tccslc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The Children's Center treats the most severely emotionally disturbed children ages 0 to 8 in the state of Utah, thought the use of evidence based practices and a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. The Center also serves as clinical consultants public community mental health, Medicaid and child welfare agencies statewide.

Organizational Strengths

F
The staff is trained in evidence-based practices and has the ability to provide individual case consultation in person or via the web. Coordination with state Medicaid to ensure effective use of public funding was great, and they are strongly committed to evaluation of their programs and practices.
The Justice Research Center (1 recommendation) JRC is a premier youth research institute, providing practitioners practical applications of new information and data. They also provide training and direct services to the State of Florida and surrounding states. Their work is most respected within the juvenile justice systems in the Southeast.
The Justice Research Center

http://www.thejrc.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
JRC is a premier youth research institute, providing practitioners practical applications of new information and data. They also provide training and direct services to the State of Florida and surrounding states. Their work is most respected within the juvenile justice systems in the Southeast.

Organizational Strengths

O
The women's-owned business provides scientific, objective, clear interventions with compassion and sensitivity. Their advocacy for quality youth services, with commitment to programs being implemented with integrity is well appreciated.

Areas for Improvement

O
Funding is mainly received from government sources and therefore the organization is most sensitive to political influences.
The W. Haywood Burns Institute (1 recommendation) Burns Institute has focused national attention on disproportionately of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. It has developed powerful data collection measures, and has worked in numerous jurisdictions to reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact.
The W. Haywood Burns Institute

http://www.burnsinstitute.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Burns Institute has focused national attention on disproportionately of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. It has developed powerful data collection measures, and has worked in numerous jurisdictions to reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong, charismatic leader who also understands the need to build staff capacity.

Areas for Improvement

N
If it had funding, BI could build a research arm. Small staff also limits capacity for writing about its work.
Touchstone Behavioral Health (1 recommendation) They have a commitment to evidence based treatment to best serve clients.
Touchstone Behavioral Health

http://www.touchstonebh.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have a commitment to evidence based treatment to best serve clients.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have highly organized operations, strong leadership, and the staff buys in to leadership goals.

Areas for Improvement

R
They should seek more funding for wider impact.
UCLA TIES for Families (1 recommendation) The TIES center has developed a comprehensive treatment and case management approach for children you have been adopted. Adopted children are at very high risk of child welfare involvement. TIES provides services that prevents child maltreatment.
UCLA TIES for Families

http://www.tiesforadoption.ucla.edu/

Evidence of Impact

F
The TIES center has developed a comprehensive treatment and case management approach for children you have been adopted. Adopted children are at very high risk of child welfare involvement. TIES provides services that prevents child maltreatment.

Organizational Strengths

F
The TIES interventions are all based on well established evidence-based practices.

Areas for Improvement

F
They should develop strong linkages with state Medicaid systems to support their service delivery work.
Urban Alliance Foundation (1 recommendation) Urban Alliance provides soft-skill career training and internships to high school students to provide real exposure to the world of work, a paycheck to help students with expenses and exposure to real-time financial literacy, and support to help students realize longer term goals after graduation.
Urban Alliance Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.theurbanalliance.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Urban Alliance provides soft-skill career training and internships to high school students to provide real exposure to the world of work, a paycheck to help students with expenses and exposure to real-time financial literacy, and support to help students realize longer term goals after graduation.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership of the organization is visionary, flexible and enthusiastic about its work.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization is currently only in two cities (DC and Baltimore, MD) and is needed elsewhere. Its program is also costly and not scalable from a financial perspective. More thought and research should be paid to how to expand the program more cost effectively because it is needed by more students, if not all students.
Urban Institute (1 recommendation) They are a research-based entity, with an area focus and national impact policies and practices related to child care, child welfare, juvenile justice, and children's health and education; commitment to independent research to drive impact practice.
Urban Institute
Silver-small

http://www.urban.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They are a research-based entity, with an area focus and national impact policies and practices related to child care, child welfare, juvenile justice, and children's health and education; commitment to independent research to drive impact practice.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could use less of an emphasis on children than other areas of practice - it can get lost in the mix.
Urban Peace (1 recommendation) They have an innovative model of youth leadership development.
Urban Peace

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an innovative model of youth leadership development.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff has a deep spiritual connection to the work.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are a small start up with limited staff.
Wake County Center (1 recommendation) 4-H club programs attached themselves to other organizations within the community but they work as an individual organization to train youth in specific hobbies. This particular Wake county 4-H club program is unique and provides an impact through the youth that they served. The youth are of Hispanic descent and are at a higher risk of joining gangs. The program trains the youth on how to become an entrepreneur.
Wake County Center

Evidence of Impact

R
4-H club programs attached themselves to other organizations within the community but they work as an individual organization to train youth in specific hobbies. This particular Wake county 4-H club program is unique and provides an impact through the youth that they served. The youth are of Hispanic descent and are at a higher risk of joining gangs. The program trains the youth on how to become an entrepreneur.

Organizational Strengths

R
The 4-H club program's greatest strength is operations, they attach themselves to an organization in order to run their own program. The program can operate on very little cost while still providing a safe and caring environment for the youth. Another strength is leadership, the youth are trained by a professional or expert on a particular hobby that could potentially become a trade or career.

Areas for Improvement

R
Although it could serve as a strength, sharing a facility may not always be conducive to the program. Another area of improvement is marketing, very little resources or notice may be given to the program due to its lack of being known or recognized because they share a facility.
Wall Street Wizards (1 recommendation) Wall St. Wizards has shown success in imparting financial-literacy training that results in better banking habits for its participants, as well as improved knowledge and attitudes about money management. I have met several program graduates who have gone on to teach with the program and also responsibly pursue business ventures.
Wall Street Wizards

http://www.wallstreetwizards.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Wall St. Wizards has shown success in imparting financial-literacy training that results in better banking habits for its participants, as well as improved knowledge and attitudes about money management. I have met several program graduates who have gone on to teach with the program and also responsibly pursue business ventures.

Organizational Strengths

N
Wall St. Wizards has a strong brand and is working with agencies like the Small Business Administration to advocate for increased financial-literacy education in a number of contexts. The organization has also demonstrated committed to partnering across other non-profit organizations and schools to supplement educational programming and reach more students.

Areas for Improvement

N
Wall St. Wizards would greatly benefit from more third-party evaluation of its impact. A larger board of advisors with broadened diversity across sectors and industries would also help the organization increase its reach and access to person and financial resources.
Women's Initiative for Self Employment (1 recommendation) They assist underserved women to become financially stable members of society by teaching entrepreneurship.
Women's Initiative for Self Employment
Silver-small

http://www.womensinitiative.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They assist underserved women to become financially stable members of society by teaching entrepreneurship.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization is led by a committed CEO.
Yellowstone Casa (1 recommendation) A member of the National CASA movement, Yellowstone CASA has created a significant cadre of volunteers, well trained and able, to support children in the court system involved because of abuse and neglect. They meet with all the key participants and make recommendations to the court as to best outcomes for children. They currently serve more than 100 children in one county.
Yellowstone Casa

http://yellowstonecasa.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
A member of the National CASA movement, Yellowstone CASA has created a significant cadre of volunteers, well trained and able, to support children in the court system involved because of abuse and neglect. They meet with all the key participants and make recommendations to the court as to best outcomes for children. They currently serve more than 100 children in one county.

Organizational Strengths

F
A strong board has helped the organization more from its founding staff to a new executive director without more than a ripple in the stream of services. A difficult task done well. Additionally, the quality of the training and supervision of the volunteers as required by the national organization is excellent.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization struggles with the need for more volunteers and the paucity of staff to assist in that process in order to ensure the outcomes are maintained at the current level.
Youth Justice Coalition (1 recommendation) They pursue sophisticated advocacy reforms, involving youth themselves.
Youth Justice Coalition
Silver-small

http://www.youth4justice.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They pursue sophisticated advocacy reforms, involving youth themselves.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership is excellent.

Areas for Improvement

N
In some contexts, the very grassroots nature of this nonprofit may be offputting to policy makers
Youth Radio (1 recommendation) Youth Radio specializes in the fields of youth development and multi-media journalism. Its two-fold mission is to prepare youth for higher education and to bring youth perspective to mainstream news. Founded in Berkeley, it is now a national organization with additional offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Last year, the organization enrolled 1,417 youth ages 14-24 in customized workshops designed to hone students’ written and verbal communication skills while teaching them to become expert users of digital technology. With this training, Youth Radio students produce high-quality original media for local and national organizations such as, KQED, NPR, PBS, MTV, BBC, CNN.com and Apple iTunes among others. It also provides youth with journalism internships, academic support and college counseling. Since 2004, 80% of participants have completed internships, 98% graduated from high school and 92% enrolled in college.
Youth Radio
Silver-small

http://www.youthradio.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Youth Radio specializes in the fields of youth development and multi-media journalism. Its two-fold mission is to prepare youth for higher education and to bring youth perspective to mainstream news. Founded in Berkeley, it is now a national organization with additional offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Last year, the organization enrolled 1,417 youth ages 14-24 in customized workshops designed to hone students’ written and verbal communication skills while teaching them to become expert users of digital technology. With this training, Youth Radio students produce high-quality original media for local and national organizations such as, KQED, NPR, PBS, MTV, BBC, CNN.com and Apple iTunes among others. It also provides youth with journalism internships, academic support and college counseling. Since 2004, 80% of participants have completed internships, 98% graduated from high school and 92% enrolled in college.

Organizational Strengths

F
It was recently awarded the Bronze Medal from the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve with greater diversification of revenue by placing more emphasis on individual donors.
Youth Speaks (1 recommendation) The organization teaches youth to use their own voices to advocate for themselves and bolster their self esteem.
Youth Speaks
Silver-small

http://www.youthspeaks.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization teaches youth to use their own voices to advocate for themselves and bolster their self esteem.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership of the organization is very strong. Its low impact model allows it to stay lean and very involved with youth.
Youth Uprising (1 recommendation) The sheer number of youth that they serve and the depth of the relationships they have with the youth demonstrate their impact.
Youth Uprising
Silver-small

http://www.youthuprising.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The sheer number of youth that they serve and the depth of the relationships they have with the youth demonstrate their impact.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization as strong leadership: Olis has amazing instinct for youth work. Also, the staff cares deeply about the youth and the community they serve.

Areas for Improvement

N
They must build a broader leadership team. Olis can't do it alone or forever.
Youth and Shelter Services Foundation (1 recommendation) YSS just celebrated this week their 35th anniversary of services in Story County and beyond. Starting out as a drop in coffee shop type hangout, YSS has since grown in their capacity to serve youth and families. Their in-home services, foster/adoptive care services, substance abuse programs and shelter homes have helped myriad youth and families, now expanded throughout Central Iowa.
Youth and Shelter Services Foundation

http://www.ymca.net/

Evidence of Impact

O
YSS just celebrated this week their 35th anniversary of services in Story County and beyond. Starting out as a drop in coffee shop type hangout, YSS has since grown in their capacity to serve youth and families. Their in-home services, foster/adoptive care services, substance abuse programs and shelter homes have helped myriad youth and families, now expanded throughout Central Iowa.

Organizational Strengths

O
George Belitsos has been the CEO since its inception 35 years ago. Consistency remains throughout the program while still utilizing innovative changes as our times change.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need higher pay for those who serve. It seems grocery shelve stockers make more than those that are effectual change agents in human lives.

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