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It takes a community: nine principles for effective youth services organizations

In 2014, the Thrive Foundation, searched across the nation for organizations providing services to disadvantaged youth nationwide with a caring adult at the center of their program delivery model and found eight exemplary organizations.

Led by Thrive’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Peter Samuelson, Ph.D., the foundation then embarked on an evaluation to see what they were doing with youth that made them so effective – especially in regard to the caring adults in the youth lives.  Using a method called “principle-focused evaluation,”  Samuelson discerned nine principles that guided their work.  He then confirmed these principles in the scientific literature about positive youth development. Samuelson also interviewed exemplar youth to determine whether or not the youth talked about their experience in terms of these principles. We wanted to see if these organizations really “walked the talk”.

 

This report posits nine principles that guide eight highly effective organizations providing paid, adult mentors for youth. It covers how these nine principles are practiced in these programs and reflected by the lived experience of the youth and the caring adults who mentor them. It also points to how each of these nine principles is confirmed by the scientific literature in positive youth development including a full research review.

This full report covers in more depth how these nine principles are practiced and reflected by the lived experience of the youth and the caring adults who mentor them. It includes a full literature review.

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This is the executive summary slide show from above for printing as a PDF.

 

 

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