Human Services

Youth Challenge

aka YC

Westlake, OH

Mission

Youth Challenge brings together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities.

Ruling Year

1983

Founder & Executive Director

Mrs. Mary Sue Tanis CFRE

Main Address

800 Sharon Drive

Westlake, OH 44145 USA

Keywords

disabled, physical disabilities, volunteerism, adapted sports, recreation, adapted, recreation

EIN

34-1396825

 Number

5628123941

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Our programs

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Youth Challenge

Sports and Recreational Programs for Children with Physical Disabilities

Teen Volunteer Trainings

Paralympic Sports

Accessible Transportation

Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program (YELP)

Reaching Independence and Self-Efficacy (RISE)

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Youth Challenge aims to meet the following goals by offering Adapted Sports and Recreational Programs for Children with Physical Disabilities:
Goal 1: Help children with physical disabilities increase their overall health and well-being, build self-confidence, and enjoy life.
Goal 2: Offer meaningful volunteer opportunities to teens that help build leadership skills and teach them to be accepting of people of all abilities.
Goal 3: Provide abundant opportunities for Youth Challenge participants and volunteers

Youth Challenge is using the following strategies to meet our goals:
To reach goal 1--(Help children with physical disabilities increase their overall health and well-being, build self-confidence, and enjoy life), Youth Challenge looks to help participants develop and improve social skills, learn new physical skills, and increase their willingness to try new things. Over time, participants will gain an enhanced sense of community, become more independent, improve social competency and have an increase sense of self-efficacy.
To reach goal 2--(Offer meaningful volunteer opportunities to teens that help build leadership skills and teach them to be accepting of people of all abilities), Youth Challenge looks to, in the short-term, expose volunteers to individuals with disabilities, try new activities, and learn ways to creatively assist others. In the long-term, volunteers will develop leadership skills, increase their sense of how their actions impact the community, and respect and embrace those with different abilities.
To reach goal 3--(Provide abundant opportunities for Youth Challenge participants and volunteers), Youth Challenge will offer 325+ adapted programs annually and team sports opportunities. YC will offer transportation, allowing them to take part in activities that promote independence and self-sufficiency.

Youth Challenge has a 40 year history of providing adapted sports and recreational programs for children with physical disabilities through the help of teen volunteers. Throughout this period the agency has grown in staff and resources to be able to accommodate the current programming schedule. Key resources include the YC adapted facility in Westlake, fleet of eight lift-equipped vans, seasoned program staff, and good relationships with funders, businesses and community groups.

Assessment of program activities includes participant and volunteer surveys and staff evaluations. Youth Challenge participants and volunteers are annually surveyed for their feedback. The organization considers programming successful as it helps children to increase their overall health and well-being. Data from program surveys gathered in 2015 indicate that, through their participation, children with physical disabilities are empowered by learning new physical skills, and by taking part in challenging activities they broaden their definition of what is possible. Volunteers break out of their comfort zones to discover a stronger sense of self and grow in their confidence to help others. In the process, both develop friendships that contribute to their enjoyment of life. These outcomes are in addition to the benefit of having outlets for healthy exercise for children of all abilities. Youth Challenge expects to maintain similar results. Transportation services are vital to making these outcomes possible.
Pre and post assessments of those participants involved in leadership, life-skills and educational programming also indicate that they are building skills and learning about resources that will help them to succeed as they transition to young adulthood.
The Youth Challenge program staff also assesses programming on a seasonal basis. Evaluation criteria include the number of participants and volunteers, staffing, transportation punctuality, social interaction, popularity of activities, and overall participant, volunteer and staff experiences. Input from people outside the organization, including sports instructors and professional artists and therapists who help implement programs is crucial.

Youth Challenge is committed to providing opportunities that help young people with physical disabilities access opportunities that help them build physical and social skills, challenge themselves, and be more independent. The organization works with participants ages 2-25, and offers programming for those ages 16-25 that promotes leadership and life-skills. These activities, along with internship opportunities for participants with disabilities from Lorain County, help to contribute to their future self-sufficiency.
Teen volunteers also play an important role at Youth Challenge. Each year nearly 60 teens from Lorain County work one-on-one with those with disabilities in their community. Through these activities, volunteers are encouraged to assist in creatively adapting programming to help meet the needs of their partners. These experiences have an impact on the teens now and give them the knowledge needed to advocate for their peers with disabilities as they move on to higher education and careers. Overtime, the community will be strengthened by the contributions of both the teen volunteers and Youth Challenge participants as they help to build more inclusive environments.

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Youth Challenge

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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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

No