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Annual Report Abstract


YDN Youth Interns 2007

As you can see, in 2007 YDN equipped thousands of adults and youths across the Sacramento region with effective training, networking opportunities and policy change strategies to promote the positive development of our young people. In 2008, in partnership with key funding partners, we continue to expand the region’s capacity and commitment to the positive development of youth. By the time 2008 closes we will have created the mainframe for a truly dynamic youth development trainer’s network, and deepened our partnerships with REACH sites, Health Professions High School, Area Congregations Together, and State Funded After School and Service Learning Programs throughout the region. We will have strengthened our network of youth providers by upgrading our web page, electronic updates and networking strategies as well as formalizing YDN’s policy agenda. On behalf of the Board of Directors and YDN staff, we thank you for your support and encouragement to the youth development field. We hope that after reading the abstract of the 2007 annual report* you will want to share your gifts and talents with an organization that puts youth at the center of everything it does!

*A full report available on our web site at

A Brief Look at YDN’s 2007 Accomplishments • Five organizations throughout the region can now deliver YDN’s successful four-day youth development institute training in their spheres of influence. • An entire school district (Black Oak Mine) has embraced the youth development model, and received the “100 Best Communities” Award from America’s Promise as a youth centered community. • City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department now uses the youth development lens as the way of delivering programs and training staff. YDN also created the Human Development Institute for City Staff to help build an organizational culture that support youth development. “Early in my career with the City of Sacramento I began to hear phrases like youth leadership, youth development and youth voice. I knew that these words meant something so I began to model my program in a way that reflected them. Although I had created a leadership group I wasn’t entirely sure what programs they should lead, and I struggled to break down their barriers between a high risk populations and staff members.YDN gave me the tools and overall vision I needed to truly connect with the program participants and give them a chance to connect with each other. The participants benefitted tremendously because of my YDN training.The leadership group had gained a sense of purpose.The participants all became friends and many shared with me that the program had changed their lives and their futures.Thank you YDN.” —Christina DeMoss-Giffin,Youth Resource Coordinator, City of Sacramento

• YDN supported seven Sierra Health Foundation funded community coalitions (REACH) who set the stage to advance youth development in their communities by embracing youth as active resources in the change process. • Countless youth practitioners from dozens of communities are using the five supports and opportunities as pillars for their youth programs. • YDN supported development of the Capitol Region RBy21 Coalition, who in partnership with the City Office of Youth Development, County Office of Education and Children’s Coalition, created a regional “compact” for children and youth. In spring 2008, the compact was signed by 220 community stakeholders. • In partnership with RBy21, El Dorado County Youth Commission and Center for Civic Participation,YDN developed and delivered a two day training for 35 youth on how to get involved in policy work. • Invited to partner with the Forum for Youth Investment and the Georgetown Divide Ready by 21 Coalition to promote a regional “Quality Counts” effort that includes training, program assessment and creation of a regional strategy to support professional development. • With the help of Sutter Health Foundation,YDN created the Youth Engagement Learning Community that trained and coached 12 agencies and their youth to improve youth leadership opportunities. Five YDN high school interns co-facilitated the trainings with YDN staffers. • Sierra Health Foundation invited YDN to develop the first REACH Youth Leadership Camp.YDN helped organize a very successful experience at Grizzly Creek for 65 youth from seven coalitions, representing a wide range of communities and cultures. YDN Annual Report Abstract 2007


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Hands-on, Skills-based Trainings

Youth Leadership

By equipping our communities’ youth serving workforce and organizations with the youth development tools and resources we can grow responsible, healthy and successful youth. In 2007, our professional development trainings touched more people and organizations than ever before in our history. Through various skills based workshops and our flagship Youth Development Institute (YDI ) trainings, we reached over 1,200 individuals, a third of which were youth. In addition, YDN worked with almost 50 organizations, programs and agencies which in turn serve thousands of youth. YDN developed the Human Development Institute’s Train the Trainers program, training 12 staff from the Sacramento Parks Department on facilitation techniques and mastery of four pathways—safety, relationship building, engagement and personal development. Before the year ended, this group of trainers facilitated a four day HDI to 30 of their peers. The Youth Engagement Learning Community (YE LC) convened teams of youth and adults from nine regional agencies to participate in intensive youth engagement training, followed by up to 10 hours of customized coaching per team. YDN was honored to be asked by the Sierra Health Foundation to provide technical assistance, trainings, workshops, coaching and resources centered on the youth development approach to its seven REACH Coalitions. This support helped the coalitions align their work, strengthen their skills and knowledge, and implement changes in their communities to expand the quantity and quality of developmental supports and opportunities for youth ages 10-15.

Policy Change: Being a Voice for Youth

Promoting Best Practices and Connecting Resources YDN’s ongoing networking and support opportunities are a way to give organizations the necessary training and connection they need to continue providing exemplary youth programs and better coordinate their services In 2007, YDN hosted five alumni events covering a variety of topics, including two exclusive sessions for Executive Directors of YDI Alumni agencies. YDN also helped coordinate and provide workshops at three conferences in partnership with Region 3 after school programs, a conference with UC Davis Community and Youth Development Departments, and Sierra Health’s REACH Youth Development Conference. YDN also successfully implemented their “YDI Train the Trainers” program, reaching 18 staff from Black Oak Mine School District, Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department, Oak Park Multi-Services Center and the El Dorado Hills Coalition. Furthermore, YDN created a more dynamic web page and continued to post monthly e-mail updates on trainings and events to its listserve. 2/4

YDN Annual Report Abstract 2007

Although YDN’s main focus is supporting adult youth workers, 2007 presented more and more opportunities to train youth directly, including Sierra Health Foundation’s REACH youth leadership camp. This memorable four day camp experience served 65 youths and 14 adult chaperones. YDN again coordinated the Sacramento Youth Leadership Program Camp, which teaches leadership skills to 25 youth from urban and rural communities. This year we saw returning youth play an increasingly greater role in developing and leading the camp. YDN also supported five high school youth interns who played meaningful roles in facilitating YDN trainings.

In 2007, YDN nurtured the development of the Capital Region Ready by 21 Coalition to insure all youth are ready for college, work and life by the time they’re 21 years old. With the generous support of the Sierra Health Foundation, RBy21 was able to hire a facilitator for the project, develop a parent resource guide spotlighting local healthy kids survey data, and links to community resources, and trained 50 youth in policy engagement. In partnership with City of Sacramento, Sacramento County Children’s Coalition, Sacramento County Office of Education as well as other RBy21 partners, the coalition developed a community compact for children and youth success. A community convening to gain public commitment resulted in over 220 attendees signing the compact in 2008. YDN was successful in obtaining approval from the Youth Council of the Workforce Investment board to designate the human services workforce as a critical industry in the region.

“The effects of the YE LC training and coaching have significantly assisted the FCUSD YE team in modeling high end youth engagement practices through our district’s transition committee. In spring, our students shared information about youth engagement and introduced the youth development model to the school board. Many adults in school leadership roles later contacted the team to share how impressed they were with the presentation, and wanted the team to share information in other district meetings.The presentation has served as a catalyst to other positive opportunities to increase youth engagement through the school district. Adults are beginning to really listen and see just how resourceful and dynamic young people are.” –Lea Rathbun, Folsom Cordova Unified School District

YDN Annual Report Abstract 2007


YDN 2007 Annual Report Abstract