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ERIC Number: ED518715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Building Organization Capacity for a Focus on Youth Development. Promising Practices in Citywide Afterschool Initiatives
National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD) has served the San Francisco Bay Area for the past twelve years as a youth development intermediary organization offering support, training, and capacity building resources to youth-serving organizations and programs. This report discusses CNYD's capacity-building approach. CNYD has developed a holistic and effective approach to capacity building with the goal of transforming organizations that have historically been serving youth in the community into "youth development organizations." There are four keys to CNYD's capacity building approach: (1) Adoption of a comprehensive "youth development framework" and translation of that framework into practical tools for practitioners; (2) Creation of learning communities within organizations that involve funders, policy-makers, and practitioners; (3) Introduction of a program improvement process, grounded in data from youth surveys; (4) Follow-up coaching, with fading leadership from CNYD as the partner organization builds competence. (Lists 3 resources.) [The "youth development framework" and the program improvement process were developed in collaboration with Michelle Alberti Gambone and James P. Connell. This Promising Practice was produced by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time for CityWorks and adapted from an original paper written by Billie Young.]
National Institute on Out-Of-School Time, Wellesley College. 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Authoring Institution: Wellesley College, National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Identifiers - Location: California