‘Tis the Season to be Thankful

The days between Thanksgiving and the New Year are busy and spirited. And they are a time of reflection. I think about my hopes for the new year, for the youth, families, and communities we serve, and for LAYC as an anchor organization in the lives of so many. In my quieter moments, this is…

Do Outcomes Matter?

LAYC’s commitment to use data to monitor and analyze a comprehensive set of youth development outcomes has been a seven-year commitment of time, intellectual capital, and money. Inside LAYC, our outcomes work is making a huge difference.  The culture has shifted. We can truly call ourselves a “learning organization” where data and outcomes matter to…

CYITC and the Future of High Quality After-School Programs in DC

As our city’s students head back to school, we need to make sure that all young people have access to high quality after-school educational, cultural, and enrichment programs. Over ten years ago, the Children’s Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) was designed to address this issue. We still have a long way to go. Over ten…

CYITC and the Future of High Quality After-School Programs in DC

As our city’s students head back to school, we need to make sure that all young people have access to high quality after-school educational, cultural, and enrichment programs. Over ten years ago, the Children’s Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) was designed to address this issue. We still have a long way to go. Over ten…

Strengthening Connections: Trenches, Think Tanks, Government

After attending two very interesting meetings, I am more convinced than ever that the deep multi-service and comprehensive work LAYC does with “disconnected” and “marginalized” young people is the best way to ensure their pathways to success. While celebrating our success, I am deeply troubled by how difficult it is to sustain this work in…

An Education, Job, and Warm Bed for our City’s Vulnerable Youth: Who Stands Ready to Help?

For many youth development non-profit organizations, FY11 will be tough, and FY12 even worse. Stimulus funds are gone; city, county, state and federal funds have been cut deeply, often at the last minute. Many directors are spending their days cutting budgets, creating contingency plans, talking to funders about their work, moving forward despite trying times….