Contact: Thandor Miller, DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
Primary Geographic Focus: Citywide, including wards 7 and 8
Funding (October 2007 – September 2008)
· $495,000 Violence Intervention Partnership
· $90,000 Girl Gang Reduction
· $495,000 Truancy Reduction
· $360,000 Youth Programs In New Communities
· $947,250 allocated for annual grants in wards 7 & 8 (as of January 2008)
Duration: 2006 and ongoing
Program Areas: Children, youth and families, education, housing, community development
Mission: The Trust’s mission is three-fold:
The Effective Youth Development Initiatives benefiting wards 7 and 8 are:
· Violence Intervention Partnership
· Girl Gang Reduction
· Truancy Reduction
· Youth Programs In New Communities
The Trust also offers an annual, citywide grants program for in- and out-of-school activities, as well as parent support.
District leaders endorsed a citywide DC Youth Development Strategy in 2005. The strategy focuses on reducing youth violence and improving youth services across public agencies. To meet these goals, the District government funds select youth-serving nonprofit organizations through the Effective Youth Development Initiative. The DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation manages the initiative by evaluating proposals, monitoring grant funds and analyzing results.
The DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation awarded the first grants related to the youth development strategy in 2006. While a formal evaluation of those grants will not be complete until early 2008, preliminary lessons learned, community feedback, youth retreats and input from the strategy’s executive working group have informed 2007’s funding priorities. They are:
· Violence Intervention Partnerships, which include educators, community leaders, public officials, law enforcement officers, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and youth outreach workers. This partnership of “first responders” reacts to violent or potentially violent incidents in schools or in neighborhoods by arriving at the scene to provide conflict resolution services. Next, a partnership of “second responders” provides social services to the youth and families involved. The goal is to prevent disputes from escalating into further violence.
· Girls Gang Reduction. Funding is available for intervention, mediation and leadership development activities. A portion of this work also includes building the capacity of organizations to provide services to girls and young women. The Trust is matching city dollars to provide learning opportunities for organizations targeting girls and young women.
The Trust’s first year of grants ends in December 2007. A formal evaluation will be available in early 2008, but preliminary results show youth involved in the first year of the Effective Youth Development Initiative attend school more regularly and develop vocational skills. The incidence of youth violence has also decreased.
Evaluation and technical support components include:
· WEBSTARS (Web-based Service Tracking and Reporting System). A computer-based evaluation tool that tracks services to children, youth and parents. Services tracked includes: participants receiving services; the frequency of services; and progress made toward benchmarks and outcomes for participants.
· Youth Worker Training. Each grantee completes a 30-hour Advancing Youth Development course.
· Monthly convenings with grantees to share information and best practices.