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Youth Services Provider Network A Project of LEED



strengthen the ability of

individuals, organizations and the

community to

holistic development foster the

of young people.

The YSPN’s vision is to see that young people will achieve personal and academic success, be connected to adults and their community, have a positive vision of their future, and grow up to be HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE and CIVIC-MINDED ADULTS. Bina Lefkovitz Director-Youth Development YSPN Adrian Ruiz Lead Trainer YSPN Andy Paul Project Coordinator YSPN Vicki Stockbridge Program Associate YSPN

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WHAT IS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT? CONCEPT A process by which all young people seek ways to meet their basic physical and social needs and to build competencies (knowledge and skills) necessary to succeed in adolescence and adulthood.

PRACTICE An approach to working with young people that intentionally helps youth meet developmental needs, builds their capacity, and provides relationships and connections needed for their success.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES -Problem free is not fully prepared -Single focus strategies don’t work -Development happens across all settings -All young people need the same supports and opportunities -Youth should not be viewed as service recipients -Youth engagement and high levels of Floyd Seaborn - Goethe Access Program

participation are important

WHAT IS YSPN? The Youth Services Provider Network (YSPN), a project of LEED, is a collaboration of individuals and organizations from throughout the Sacramento region committed to promoting strength-based principles that support the positive development of youth.



The YSPN was created in October

The YSPN offers networking and

2000 as a result of two studies

learning opportunities via

conducted by Sierra Health

convenings, skill-based trainings,

Foundation and the Sacramento

policy/system work and an

County Integrated Services Team.

extensive e-mail list. The YSPN

These studies identified a need in

promotes alignment with the

Sacramento to support youth

principles and practices of youth

providers with training and

development research. The YSPN’s

networking activities focused on

flagship training is the Youth

promoting youth development

Development Institute (YDI).

research and practices.

“The training made all of our programs at the Youth Investment Center youth friendly and easier for all the staff to be on one accord with each other. Our mission statement, policies, and objectives are youth motivated and the YDI trainings help implement our plan as an agency. ” Mutual Assistance Network Youth Investment Center


Sharing best practices, ideas and resources


For over twenty years, Bonnie has developed resources, provides training and professional development, and presents to national and international audiences on best practices in the field of prevention and resilience/youth development theory and policy. This convening featured the latest data about resiliency as well as a ‘fishbowl’ experience where Bonnie facilitated a youth-only discussion surrounded by adult listeners. Attendees: 70


In partnership with the High Scope Educational Foundation a group of 50 attendees were introduced to a new youth program/organizational assessment tool and program improvement process. The new tool is based on over 10 years of research and has been tested in a variety of youth program settings for its validity. Participants reviewed the research behind the tool and learned what practices really matter when creating quality environments and opportunities for youth. The assessment tool and training were made posssible by a grant from the William T Grant Foundation.


This FREE youth conference and job fair was sponsored by Mayor Heather Fargo and presented by a partnership of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Metro Chamber and YSPN. Jump Start 21 was held at the Sacramento Charter High School. The goal of the day was to link youth ages 12-18 with employers and non-profit agencies who could offer jobs, internships and/or community service opportunities to youth. The event allowed youth to learn about opportunities and apply for positions and/or programs during the day. CSUS President Alex Gonzalez and Mayor Heather Fargo, in addition to other prominent and motivational speakers, set the stage for the day at the kickoff in the theatre. Over 100 youth and adults were in attendance.


OUR FUTURE” The YSPN partnered with Sacramento ACT (Area Congregations Together) to host this youth-centered community event focused on positive strategies to reduce youth violence and creating opportunities for youth success. The dynamic agenda for this event included youth voice, guest presentations and performances by local speakers and artists. Community participants worked in neighborhood groups to discuss possible community-based strategies for reducing youth violence. Attendees: 175 The YSPN Convenings in 2006 were free and open to the entire community. These convenings offered throughout the year, cover a variety of interesting topics, and provide structured opportunities for participants to network and share resources with other youth and youth workers in attendance.


Strengthening youth providers’ delivery of services


This traiining showcased fascinating memory techniques based on stimulating all three learning styles. The day was designed to look at how to transfer learning and knowledge into taking a test for an awesome grade! Other components of the training included: Study skills, environmental factors, and the importance of being creative. Attendees 15.


The issue of diversity was explored through rich conversation and deep experiential activities. Using modalities that can be used with young people, this learning opportunity provided participants the opportunity to look at the socio-economic barriers that divide us. We also shared why not healing from certain hurtful experiences can, and does, further our beliefs about certain people and their affiliations. In addition, we took a close look at “-ism’s” (adultism, age-ism, racism, etc,) and how they prevent us from truly knowing those in our communities. Attendees 15.

“YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 101” - APRIL 20/21 & MAY 24/25, 2006

Taking the popular Youth Development Institute outline and creating a two-day overview session gave attendees a look at the framework principles and how they could begin adapting thier work within the community to strengthen their impact on the youth they serve. Best of all, the days were facilitated by youth and adults working in partnership. Over 60 youth and adults from over 30 agencies participated in the 2 sessions held in 2006.


Participants of this training learned about different ways to engage youth, what it takes to do this successfully and were given tools to measure youth engagment within their agencies. From the days’ learning, participants developed a plan of action to assist them in deepening youth engagement in their programs. The day was facilitated by YSPN youth interns and staff working in partnership. Over 30 youth and adults from over 20 agencies participated in the session held in 2006. “YDI has helped me be more intentional in my approach to youth development and given me the tools to train the staff around me for greater, more meaningful impact in our community. Scott Mautte YDI Alumni - 2006

Grant Union High School - Geo Program Participants

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (YDI) Putting youth development principles into practice

The Youth Development Institute (YDI) continued to provide an extensive 50hour training to youth practitioners throughout the Sacramento Region. In addition, those agencies that participated in the YDI were invited to receive youth development coaching from YDI trainers. Upon completion of the YDI, participants were given direct access to YDI Alumni Meetings that brought together all previous YDI alumni classes to share their collective knowledge with one another regarding youth development principles.

COMMUNITY WIDE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE In 2006 the YDI accepted 42 participants from 13 agencies to participate in the community institute. The Community Wide YDI is a 50-hour training for managers and staff from a cross-section of youth serving agencies. In addition to managers and staff, the 2006 YDI class again hosted youth participants throughout the institute. The YDI focused on “The Youth Development Framework for Practice” designed by the Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD) and Michelle Gambone and James Connell. The following 13 agencies participated in the 2006 Community Wide YDI: --------------

Another Choice Another Chance Asian Pacific Community Counseling Black Oak Mine Unified School District Campfire USA -- Sac Sierra City of Sacramento - Parks and Recreation SKYLAB -- Cottage Housing YOUTHWORKS -- County of Sacramento Grant Union High School -- GEO Program Hmong Women’s Heritage Association River Oak Center for Children Sacramento Regional Community Foundation Sacramento Mutual Housing Association Sierra Adoption Services

“Thank you for all for giving us the place to teach & share & learn & explore together. Jordan Sire City of Sacramento Department of Parks and quote.” Recreation Agency “Insert


Suzanne Mayes - Sacramento Regional Community Foundation

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (YDI) EDUCATION-BASED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE The YSPN co-planned the Educators’ YDI along with the Folsom Unified, Center Unified, Sacramento City Unified, Elk Grove Unified school districts, the California Depatment of Education, the Healthy Kids office, and the UC Davis CRESS Center. Five school sites are participating in the 2006-2007 session. Hiram Johnson High School (SCUSD), Mills Middle School (FCUSD), Prairie Elementary (EGUSD), Woodland Community Day School (WJUSD) and Marina Village Middle School (Rescue Union School District, El Dorado). This pilot version launched a group of dedicated partners that will provide valuable feedback and assistance in modifying the YDI curriculum as necessary to best meet the needs of our allies in education. This four-day test training was held in August, September and October. Follow-up 1/2 day learning communities will be held during the first half of 2007.

Black Oak Mine Unified School District An intensive partnership was established with the Black Oak Mine Unified School District to provide a specially tailored 4-day YDI session. The YDI was offered to teachers, administrative staff and afterschool youth practitioners from the Black Oak Mine Region.

2006 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ALUMNI GATHERINGS Three YDI Alumni gatherings were held in 2006. The purpose of these gatherings was to promote networking and the sharing of knowledge across all YDI alumni agencies.

JANUARY 23, 2006 ALUMNI GATHERING: This alumni gathering showcased Marlene Sanchez, Executive Director of the Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD). A small group of YDI alumni benefited from the meeting as Marlene shared how the Center for Young Women’s Development has become one of the premiere youth development agencies in the country and discussed their successful formula for creating young women leaders. MAY 04, 2006 ALUMNI GATHERING: The second alumni gathering of the year

showcased Bonnie Benard: published author on Resiliency and Youth Development. Bonnie develops resources, provides training and professional development, and presents to national and international audiences on best practices in the field of prevention and resilience/youth development theory and policy. Over 30 YDI alumni participated in this event, taking back with them powerful data to incorporate into their programs.

October 12, 2006: “YDI ALUMNI SHOWCASE” The final alumni meeting of the year gave YDI alumni agencies an opportunity to showcase their youth. Five agencies demonstrated youth engagment principles to over 75 YDI alumni and guests during an energizing action packed day filled with youth and adults demonstrating icebreakers, energizers, communication styles, entrepreneurial opportunites and more. Participants left the session inspired and rejuvenated.

Putting youth development principles into practice


City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation “HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE”

The YSPN continues its partnership with the City of Sacramento and the Human Development Institute (HDI) which evolved from the core Supports and Opportunities of the Youth Development Framework for Practice. The four-day training was created to explore what internal and external clients need to have an optimal experience either while working with peers or delivering/receiving services. The four-day training explores four crucial pathways to an optimal environment. They are: Safety, Relationships, Engagement, and Personal Development. The Department of Parks and Recreation has adopted these four pathways into their master plan and are Beryl Johnson aggressively training all of their staff on this approach. City of Sacramento - START Program

United Way - California Capital Region “SERVICE LEARNING TRAINING” A special Service Learning training session was held on April 27, 2006 for agencies funded by the United Way of the Sacramento Region. Community of ESPARTO “MODIFIED-YDI” - JANUARY 3, 4 & 5, 2007 This three-day interactive training for youth, faculty, and administration of the Community of Esparto examined the key elements of youth development and the framework principles. Twenty one participants attended the customized training that involved Youth Development training combined with the Examining Organizational Practices and Action Planning sessions from the closing days of the YDI.

Youth Development SPOTLIGHT

Soil Born Farm Urban Agriculture Project has been dedicating a tremendous amount of focused energy and resources over the last several years on developing powerful youth programming. Using issues related to healthy food, personal health and the environment as platforms for youth led activity and investment, Soil Born has a particular interest in stemming the alarming obesity, diabetes, substance abuse, depression and learning disorder health trends disproportionately present in our low income youth communities. The youth development principles being taught by YSPN and other youth advocates like YSPN, comprise the backbone of our programming. Their guidance, more than anything else, has helped teach us how to engage youth as partners and as valuable contributors. Whether we are doing a service project, cooking activity, gardening or leadership exercise, all of our activities are geared towards fostering a higher level of youth engagement and understanding. As we continue to grow and improve our work, we will continue to look towards YSPN as an invaluable capacity building resource. Shawn Harrison – Executive Director


The Black Oak Mine Unified School District entered into a partnership with YSPN in the winter of 2006. This partnership became part of our Georgetown Divide Ready By 21 tm Coalition, or RB21--that aims to address changing the odds for all youth so that they are Ready for College, Ready for Work, and Ready for Life--and thus a part of our Safe Schools/Healthy Students federal grant received in October 2005 that included youth development as a key strategy for RB21. At that time we contracted with YSPN to provide our district with the Youth Development Institute 10 day training program for 5 of our school staff members, who became our Youth Development Leadership Cadre. In the spring of 2006, YSPN Director, Bina Lefkovitz introduced YSPN and Youth Development Principles to our first Making It Happen Conference of the RB21 initiative. We called this YDI 101 for our coalition session. Bina took our 100+ attendees through the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and explained YDI to the group. In the summer of 2006, 28 staff members (teachers, custodian, youth advocates, secretaries) and 8 youth from our high school programs (comprehensive high school, alternative high school, and independent study program) completed the newly developed 4 day school YDI training here on the Georgetown Divide. This training was led by YSPN lead trainer, Adrian Ruiz with the assistance of our five original members of the Youth Development Leadership Cadre.

Along with this, YSPN developed 3 PowerPoint presentations for us to be able to take our “show” on the road and introduce youth development practices to our larger Georgetown Divide organizations and agencies that work with youth in our community. During this time both Bina Lefkovitz and Adrian Ruiz worked with our leadership cadre and me in bringing the YDI deeper into our staff and community by presenting on the work we have accomplished in Youth Development at our Community RB21 Coalition Dinner in November of 2006. As we proceed into the remainder of this school year, 4 of our trained YDI staff will now be trained as trainers of YDI for our staff and community coalition/partners as our next step in sustaining this program for years to come. This training will occur in May 2007. We will continue our relationship with YSPN into the 2007/2008 school year with three more 4-day trainings for staff, youth and community in early and late summer and in the fall as well. Debbi Herr, Director Coordinated School Health & Safety Black Oak Mine Unified School District

Youth Development SPOTLIGHT El Dorado Youth Commission

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.” –Pearl S. Buck The El Dorado County Youth Commission (EDCYC) wholeheartedly agrees! For three incredible years, we have worked to ensure that the youth voice of El Dorado County is heard no matter the obstacles that we may face. Formerly known as a youth council, the youth commission was later formed (resembling the actual Board of Supervisors) under the El Dorado County government. We work alongside the Board of Supervisors in order to meet the need and desires of the youth population. As a commission, we have accomplished a great deal. Two years ago, the YC was heavily involved in an effort to successfully continue the existence of of our local skatepark without unwanted supervision. Last year, the YC took the initiative to attract attention to youth voice by holding a march called MOVE (Making Our Voices Empowered). The YC also educated and intrigued students throughout El Dorado County by distributing government booklets that illustrated how they may want to get involved in the processes of government. This year, the YC has a full plate. We are currently experimenting with GPS units and a software program (thanks to a generous grant from ESRI through national 4-H) in order to create a variety of community maps that will be accessible to those interested. We are also dealing with issues of family life and teen safety/refuge, among others.

Earlier last year, a fellow youth commissioner, my youth commission advisor, and I met with Andy Paul from the YSPN and a few of his youth interns. Andy introduced the group to one another through a number of fun icebreakers. Who knew that friendships could be made in less than an hour? Through our close partnership with YSPN, the EDCYC will continue to excel in the field of Youth development. Let’s make our voices empowered! Kayleigh Salstrand, Youth Commissioner, District 1, Operations Officer, El Dorado Youth Commission

(Austin Bay, Kayleigh Salstrand, Andrew Kasabian and Kelly Harkins (not pictured) worked on creating a grant proposal for the Youth Commission in January, 2007. Sandy Martin, a Youth Commission Co-Advisor facilitated the process.

On March 5, 2007 the Sierra Health Foundation approved a $10,000 grant to the Regents of the University of California, Davis to support the El Dorado County Youth Commission to provide training to youth to become change agents in their community through a mentor training program designed and implemented by the YSPN. Story prepared and submitted by the youth members of the El Dorado Youth Commission

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Creating sustainable change through YSPN partners

This year the YSPN policy work included: • Working with the Children’s Report Card Committee’s to promote asset based indicators as part of the report card. The report card included a section on the Healthy Kids Resiliency data, indicators around youth leadership/ volunteerism and around after school programs. • Commenting on the drafting of the Children’s Charter, Sacramento County Children’s Coalition. • Serving on the Sacramento Works Youth Council. The group allocated funding to agencies who provide employment services and included in that funding the requirement that youth leadership be provided to youth as a core service. The Youth Council also did a review of the One Stop Career Centers to identify ways to improve how to make the onestops more youth friendly. • Serving on the Youth Transitions workgroup, Child Protective Services (CPS). The group is examining ways to make the CPS foster care system more youth friendly. In 2006, they hired youth as advocates to support foster youth at court hearings and in case planning meetings. • Serving on the United Way Education Impact Council to help direct funding of United Way Agencies. The Impact Council supports youth-led service learning projects. YSPN is providing technical support to the agencies and the Council. • Presenting to the Children And Family Policy Board on Youth Development practices and Ready by 21; Presenting (to the Mayors Commission on Children and Youth) the Youth Development Framework for practice to help guide the group’s policy level work; Presenting to the Chamber’s Leadership Class on how youth development supports academic success.

READY BY 21: In late 2005 YSPN and Sierra Health Foundation were invited to attend a national learning community around moving forward a youth development agenda at a community level. Since then, three convenings of community system level stakeholders have met to map out a plan to create a regional coalition that will help promote the youth development approach. The group is working on two strands: 1) increasing demand for more opportunities and supports for youth by mobalizing a broad cross section of stakeholders to support the approach, and 2) developing strategies to impact and promote policies that support: mentoring and expanded leadership opportunities for youth, opportunities for youth to contribute to community and build their skills in relevant ways, connecting community resources to youth, high quality youth programming using quality research based practices and support for the human services workforce. State Wide Collaborative For Youth: YSPN joined the statewide collaborative for youth, a collaborative of state agency staff and non-profits working on ways to promote the YD approach in state level policies. Stand Together for Youth: YSPN supported Area Congregations Together (ACT) in helping them develop an action plan and strategies around decreasing youth violence. The effort is promoting youth jobs, mentoring, an attendance center with support services to reduce truancy, and teacher home visits to 9th graders failing the exit exam. YSPN presented on the importance of mentoring to a “call to action” meeting that had over 400 attendees.

PARTNERSHIPS REGION 3 AFTERSCHOOL TA CENTER In 2006, the YSPN served as co-lead for the region 3 afterschool TA center with SCOE, who took over the services in mid year 2006. The YSPN assisted the center during the transition and helped them create an action plan, and continued operating the TA services during the transition.

SIERRA HEALTH FOUNDATION, REACH COALITIONS The YSPN served as a TA Provider for the REACH sites as they created their coalitions and developed community plans to expand opportunities for youth and improve quality environments for youth, ages 10-15.

REGION 3 SERVICE LEARNING CENTER In 2006, YSPN served as co lead with the Region 3 Service Learning TA center. In this role the YSPN helped promote the service learning approach and also helped connect the center to the many agencies who participate in YSPN events and services. Additionally, to support this partnership, a new section to the YSPN update was added that focuses on on service learning and volunteerism.

AREA CONGREGATIONS TOGETHER (ACT) ACT and the YSPN partnered this year to support a faith-based youth ministers’ network. In this work ACT organized the youth ministers and YSPN provided training on the YD approach. Additionally, as noted previously, the YSPN also participated in the “stand together for youth” initiative that ACT created.

“Youth of the School Teen Program, were great, and were so ‘in tune’, that they started a ‘teens on top’ group that meets to discuss teen issues and how they could get more involved in their community. They were no longer teens with disabilities they were teens with abilities.” City of Sacramento Department of Parks & Recreation. Access Leisure

Thea, Trent and Chloe of the Cordova Community Collaborative

PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT GRANTS In another partnership with Sierra Health Foundation, YSPN coordinated the program improvement grants for Sierra Health Foundation. The YSPN provided: YD expertise to help applicants understand the grant guidelines, support to the grant review process, as well as follow up TA as needed as sites implemented their PI grants.

COUNTY OUTREACH The YSPN reached out to several counties to understand youth issues of the communities, identify youth networks and assess the level of awareness of youth development. Several presentations were made to various groups in Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.

Future of YSPN


In 2006, YSPN completed a business planning process that engaged various YSPN stakeholders in helping create our future direction. These future directions include: Creating a Regional Center for Youth Development. This acknowledges our shift away from being just a network of providers and acknowledges our role as an important expert and training/technical assistance provider in the region that supports agencies and communities in moving “ideas to impact”. The regional center would have three functions: •Improving effectiveness and quality of youth programs- including continuing our flagship Youth Development institute (YDI), creating a “train the trainer” YDI, creating a network of trainers who can do youth development training, offering one-day skills-based trainings and learning communities around Youth Development topics and expanding our technical assistance work throughout the region. We will also continue to expand upon our specialized work focused on supporting agencies in engaging youth in effective ways. •Disseminating information and brokering resources - including holding seminars, conferences, briefings and creating publications and tools that help deepen the level of knowledge in the community and strengthen the tool kit of youth workers and youth-serving agencies. We will continue our email list serve, updates and support networking and resource sharing between providers. Also we’ll continue to find ways to evaluate and spotlight exemplary practices and work of youth providers and document the impact that the Youth Development approach has on our youth and our community. •Creating change and inspiring innovation- including continued outreach, mobilization and advocacy across sectors to expand the quantity of--and strengthen the quality of--developmental opportunities for youth, convening decision makers and leaders to promote critical youth issues and help find cutting edge solutions that align with the Youth Development approach. We will also help bring the voice of youth to decision-making tables and continue to promote policies, strategies and practices that strengthen youth engagement, connections and skill building. In addition, we will continue to model youth engagment by supporting YSPN interns and trainers, as presenters and advocates for this work. The regional center is envisioned as a virtual center and partnership with other youth-serving intermediaries and experts in the field. Over time we envision the Center as a physical place in the community where agencies and youth can come to find resources and support to promote and create exemplary youth development practices, policies and strategies. We view the Center as a one-stop place where expertise about the field can be obtained and support for agencies/communities to implement quality practices and policies can be found. This Center would also be a one-stop place where people can find out what is going on with our region’s youth, what resources support youth, what gaps exist and what leading edge practices and strategies can support youth in developing into productive, caring and civically minded adults.

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Investing in our work

We are forever thankful for the support of the following organizations Sierra Health Foundation Sutter Medical Center- Sacramento Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Department of Human Assistance (DHA) Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) United Way California Capital Region City of Sacramento, Department of Parks & Recreation YCOE/Region 3 Service Learning Center SCOE-Region 3 After School Center Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Rumsey Foundation Linking Education & Economic Development (LEED)

Ensuring Sustainability: YSPN and LEED have come to an agreement that the two organizations have two different missions and are heading in separate directions of focus. Therefore, the YSPN will be separating from LEED at the end of 2007. The YSPN is revamping its advisory group structure and will merge its original partners group with its planning advisory group. We will create a single advisory group that includes funders of youth programs, policy makers, youth providers and representatives from the key stakeholder groups who desire to engage and support the Youth Development approach. Additionally, YSPN will be seeking to continue to diversify its funding via more corporate sponsorships, fee for services and continued grant funding.


People making it happen

Special Thanks to the Following Community YDI Training Volunteers

Kim Mohler, City of Sacramento - Department of Parks and Recreation Daniel Cox, City of Sacramento - Department of Parks and Recreation Jenny Yarrow, City of Sacramento - Department of Parks and Recreation Jim Gaston, Region 3 Technical Assistance Beryl Johnson, Sacramento START

YSPN Planning Team Kim Mohler Andy Paul Marsha Strode Marianne Bird Sonja Stires Marilyn McGinnis & Staff Suzanne Mayes

YSPN Advisory TaskForce Committee Kim Mohler Keri Thomas Marianne Bird Kathy Kossick Marilyn McGinnis Suzanne Mayes

Jim Gaston Steve Heath Dorothy Meehan Jim Hunt Marty Cavanaugh

Elizabeth Edwards Jim Gaston Raylene Switzer Kim Mechem Lynn Milan Crandal Rankins

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