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YOUTH ADVOCATE SERVICES

Promoting Positive Futures

Columbus, OH   |  www.yasohio.org

Mission

Strengthening communities through purposeful, family driven services.

Notes from the nonprofit

We at YAS are eternally grateful to everyone who has supported us in our mission to improve every life we serve, and we appreciate your efforts more than you know.

Ruling year info

1979

CEO

Sarah Steuer MSSA, EIS, LSW

Main address

2323 W. Fifth Ave. Suite 150

Columbus, OH 43204 USA

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EIN

31-0943024

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

YAS' vision is to improve the quality of life of Central Ohio families through accessible and exceptional human services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Foster Care

As the oldest Therapeutic Foster Care program in Ohio, YAS has provided high-quality treatment foster care since 1978. Today, YAS provides Traditional and Therapeutic Foster Care services in and around the central Ohio region. Along with our network of foster homes, our team works collaboratively with other child serving agencies to develop and implement a strong community support system for families.

Under the Foster Care Program, YAS also provides training and supportive services to guide foster and adoptive parents through the fostering process, foster-to-adopt process, and transitional periods.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

The Behavioral Health (BH) program provides outpatient counseling that promotes the recovery and resiliency of persons with behavioral challenges or mental health issues through prevention, education, and support services. A team of licensed professionals assist clients in developing skills that promote socially appropriate functioning in family, community, and academic settings, following the recovery model of healing.

Referrals to the BH often arise out of the behavior management issues in the classroom as well as other needs that present when children acclimate to school and other life stressors. Client ages range from 4 to 65+, but typically fall within the school-age range.

YAS also provides easy access to faster, simpler, effective and more comprehensive behavioral health care by having in-agency psychiatric services, including medication management. All services are provided at no cost to families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

As part of Ohio Department of Health's well-established network, YAS provides Franklin County Early Intervention. Franklin County Early Intervention is a countywide system that provides coordinated early intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. Franklin County Early intervention is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings.

YAS Service Coordinators work along side service providers and local families to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The family and service team works through the IFSP plan to use the family's existing supports and resources - and build upon them - to learn to enhance the child's learning and development. YAS Service Coordinators guide the family through every aspect of the process, from program entry until the child transitions out by age three.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Bronze Seal for Workplace Mental Health 2022

Mental Health America

Building a Foundation for LGBTQ Inclusion 2020

HRC All Children - All Families

Affiliations & memberships

Ohio Children's Alliance 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each of our programs are enhanced through community monetary and in-kind donations, allowing us to better support families' access to basic needs like clothing and household items.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each of our programs are enhanced through community monetary and in-kind donations, allowing us to better support families' access to basic needs, developmental toys and books, and so much more.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1) Resources - Meet the growing needs of the Central Ohio community through the development and coordination of resources and funding practices.
2) People & Culture - Cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness to enable individuals to contribute to their full potential and further retention.
3) Community Investment - Promote program sustainability by recognizing and clearly communicating the needs and interests of persons served by YAS.
4) Operational Excellence - Seek, share, and build upon best practices and demonstrate effectiveness through data and measurable results.

1) Resources - Engage individuals and families with the right service, at the right time, in the right amount.
2) People & Culture - Build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative.
3) Community Investment - Foster collaboration to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.
4) Operational Excellence - Stop ineffective practices while increasing the quality and efficiency through demonstrated measures.

1) Organizational Culture - Our inclusive company culture empowers and engages employees, and supports organizational goals.
2) Leadership Performance - Our leaders are some of the best representations of our organization's values, and the perception of our leaders is very positive. Additionally, leadership competencies are embedded throughout the organization, with learning opportunities for all employees.
3) Strategic Unity - Our strategic point of view and Performance and Quality Improvement mindset is articulated and embraced throughout the organization. There is a continual investment in the practices and procedures necessary for strategy development and implementation. Employees recognize how their role supports the strategy, and feel heard and see their suggestions acted on.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YOUTH ADVOCATE SERVICES

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelly Renner

Susan Yoon

Tyler Lane

Camille Quinn

Delilah Nunez

Sarah Hyatt

Mike Vaughan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.