About Us - Services

The Institute achieves its mission through a multi-faceted approach incorporating the following service listed below.

In order to assure that services we provide are appropriate and relevant to the needs of our clients, we place great priority on ensuring that our services are age-appropriate, culturally and socially sensitive. We do our best to tailor services to accommodate the needs, cultures, and conditions of the target community, taking into consideration cultural and language barriers, readability, and medical/health literacy. If at all possible, we utilize members of the local community to ensure that there is a particular focus on norms, values, cultural beliefs, and language in service provision. By maintaining a state of adaptability, we are able to fulfill our commitment to diversity, flexibility, and social justice.

Advocacy & Leadership
  • Provide guidance in the development, adherence/compliance and enforcement of laws and policies
  • Direct, manage, oversee, and coordinate statewide initiatives
  • Lobbying and legislative activities designed to shape the youth policy debate
  • Create, develop, interpret, and implement, principles, regulations, guidelines, procedures and policies
  • Maintain liaison and cooperative relationships with members of key organizations, on state and national committees, advisory boards, and councils and at professional conferences and events

Client-Centered Services

  • Youth Advisory Board & Peer Education
  • Adolescent Life Coaching
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Parenting Education Programs

Collaboration & Partnership

  • Facilitate and enhance inter-agency communication that reflects a unified sense of purpose and a common vision for developing young people that improves cooperation and builds a cohesive coalition
  • Improving coordination among community agencies, linking people to services, and filling gaps in youth and family services, thereby mobilizing community partnerships
  • Establish & develop collaborative working relationships with community-based, government and non-government agencies, family and adolescent service organizations as well as consumers (teens and parents)
  • Coordinate and lead multi-disciplinary teams to achieve common goals, confronting and managing controversy effectively, consistently placing the success of the team above individual success

Meeting & Event Planning / Facilitation

  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Innovative Seminars
  • Conference Planning (organize and coordinate conference content, logistics, and overall structure for event)

Program Administration

  • Program Planning, Development, and Implementation
  • Program Management (including budget management, staff supervision and training, grant writing, fundraising, program activities and evaluation oversight)
  • Grant/Contract Monitoring (i.e. the establishment of professional practices in accordance with federal, state, local, facility, and departmental regulations)

Public Awareness
Having developed a statewide and national reputation for our expertise in youth development, risk and resiliency, the Institute is often sought by the local and national press. The following activities are utilized by the Institute in an effort to inform a broad spectrum of the community, including youth service agencies, state and local government, the media, and members of the community (i.e. youth and parents):

  • Community Outreach & Marketing (coordinate, promote, develop and distribute educational resource tools)
  • Communications & Information Dissemination (writing & editing newsletters, list-serves, website, e-mail notices)
  • Media & Public Relations Activities (utilizing news briefs, press releases, announcements of research findings, press conferences, interviews, advisories, articles, etc.)

Research & Evaluation
With a solid foundation in research-based information, the Institute is able to maintain its credibility through the following activities:

  • Dissemination of credible, objective research
  • Serve as a conduit to share information(tailored to changing needs of target population)
  • Monitor program activities, evaluate success, and prepare reports
  • Needs Assessment(collect and analyze data to identify service gaps, trends, and programmatic needs)
  • Literature review, identify best practices
  • Research youth development, risk & resiliency, and related issues
  • Identify organizations, procedure, policies and systems that serve teens
  • Research, review, and develop educational materials, and fact sheets
  • Review and recommend curricula and materials

Technical Assistance
Our technical assistance services incorporates Best & Effective Practices to strengthen organizations, increase program effectiveness, and ultimately improve the quality of activities and strategies used to provided services to youth, families and communities. We focus on three primary areas:

  1. Programmatic
  2. Operational
  3. Administrative

The Institute also provides technical assistance and capacity building services to local programs and organizations in the following six critical areas: Leadership Development

  1. Organizational Development
  2. Operational Development
  3. Programmatic Development
  4. Financial Development & Fundraising

Training & Presentation
The Institute is known for being extremely responsive to the community; tailored training to fit your individual needs, addressing topics of special concern to the target population and routinely using prior training feedback to achieve consistent quality improvement. We take responsibility for designing, planning and managing training logistics, implementing & facilitating training and conducting training program evaluations.

(Training Catalog with full descriptions and learner objectives available upon request)

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