Human Services

TOGETHER WE CAN FOUNDATION

Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth

aka Smart Transitions

Virginia Beach, VA

Mission

Improving outcomes for at-risk youth in transition to independent adult life and the workforce in Hampton Roads by ensuring that they are better prepared, more connected, and have a greater sense of optimism about their future. We improve outcomes through high-impact direct service youth skills training, support resources and staff training and youth support grants.

Ruling Year

2008

Executive Director

Mr. Tom Crockett

Main Address

5101 Cleveland Street Suite 305

Virginia Beach, VA 23462 USA

Keywords

disconnected youth, at-risk youth, foster care, opportunity youth, court-involved youth, career identification, personal presentation, interviewing, job search, success skills, money management

EIN

26-3015863

 Number

5336264343

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Challenge: Disconnected Youth There are currently over 35,000 young people across Hampton Roads, Virginia, between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school and usually not connected to community in meaningful ways. They are not aging into productive adult life and the workforce. These are disconnected youth. In many cases they do not have the skills necessary to function effectively in the workplace and this keeps them locked into a cycle of minimum wage poverty. This is the population we serve.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Equine Youth Challenge

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Related program

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Context notes

Youth who found at least part-time employment within 6 months of completing the Life Work Portfolio Course.

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Related program

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Context notes

Enhanced confidence and capacity to present oneself professionally.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Related program

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Context notes

Graduated from high school or completed a GED.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Related program

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Context notes

Youth who graduated from high school and pursued post-secondary education or skills training.

Number of youth with a personal presentation portfolio.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Related program

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Context notes

Youth completing the Life-Work Portfolio Course with a resume and personal presentation portfolio.

Number of youth with a Life-Work Plan for post-high school transition.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth

Related program

Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course

Context notes

A Life Work Plan for transitioning out of high school.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Together We Can Foundation wants to improve outcomes for at-risk youth transitioning to adulthood in critical areas of high school graduation, post secondary education or vocational training, employment and independent living. Too many of our youth (14%) are aging directly into homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse, exploitation, and incarceration and we want to make a difference in the lives of these youth.

We are a small organization with a particular expertise in success skills classes targeted to at-risk teen and young adult populations. We do most of our work in prevention—trying to ensure that at-risk youth do not become disconnected in the first place. We work with small groups of youth at a time and give them intensive focus and attention to help them clarify their life-work goals and develop tools and skills to succeed at those goals. Those skills include the ability to establish a guiding vision of where they want to go based on their particular gifts, passions, values, aspirations and life experiences, the ability to plan and implement, the ability to identify, nurture and express an attractive personal brand, and the ability to develop a support network.

We have a full time staff of two teacher/presenters and one part time staff youth services support person. In addition, we have two trained contract instructors and a volunteer program coordinator. We were able to reach over 1000 new youth in 2017-18 with direct service classes and another 3000 with indirect service, resources and partner agency staff training.

We have been tracking youth who have taken one or more of our programs since their inception in 2010. We have process indicators of what youth are able to demonstrate or create during the classes themselves. We also monitor youth for high school graduation or GED completion, post-secondary education or vocational training, and the ability to find employment. We also provide short term funding grants for youth in support of their educational and transitional goals.

Disconnected youth or youth with risk factors for disconnection graduate from high school or earn GEDs at a rate of about 75%. Youth who have completed our program have a 91% graduation rate. In addition, at-risk youth with no intervention pursue post-secondary education or training (which is critical to interrupting the minimum wage poverty cycle) at a 6% rate, while youth completing our program pursue post-secondary education or skills training at a a 62% rate. Finally, only about 16% of youth with risk factors for disconnection are able to find employment, while our program graduates find work at a rate of 78%. What's next for us is deepening our connection and longevity of impact with these youth and adding an outcome to monitor that looks at oyment status after one year.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

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