Youth INC

Raising Our City

aka Youth INC   |   New York, NY   |  www.youthinc-usa.org

Mission

Our mission is to transform the lives of NYC youth by empowering the organizations that serve them. Youth INC provides our nonprofit partners with the coaching, capital, and connections they need to achieve sustainable growth and maximize their impact. the course of a partnership with Youth INC, our partners experience average growth in revenue of 173%, board size of 33%, and youth served of 157%. Using our pioneering Metrics Platform, our partners helped 80% of their young people surveyed to improve key Social and Emotional Learning skills that scholars agree are the most predictive indicators of success in school, career and life. Since inception, our venture philanthropy model has raised over $85 million and empowered over 170 nonprofits, impacting the lives of 1 million NYC youth.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Rehana Farrell

Main address

535 8th Avenue Suite 1400

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Youth EnterNet of America

Youth, I.N.C.

EIN

52-1936144

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (O02)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are more than 1,500 youth-serving nonprofit organizations in New York City, all trying to make this city a better place. However, with all these different organizations and limited resources, it can be difficult to ensure philanthropic dollars are well spent. Further, newer organizations – who often have the most innovative ideas – need help to effectively manage growth, ensuring the sustainability of their model.

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?

Celebration

A yearlong program that empowers nonprofits by offering the coaching and support needed to frame successful development and marketing strategies. The program culminates in an annual event, A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids, which provides each organization the opportunity to implement the skills and techniques it has learned throughout the year.

Population(s) Served

Youth INC awards significant cash grants to high-performing nonprofits for capacity-building initiatives.

Population(s) Served

This program provides board member recruitment and placement to Youth INC's nonprofit partners. Individuals from the corporate sector have the opportunity to learn best practices in nonprofit leadership through workshops and Developing Leaders Through Nonprofit Board Service seminars.

Population(s) Served

Youth INC’s Metrics Program helps organizations not only quantify their program measures but also find sophisticated ways to qualify their impact. Over a two year period, partners will participate in a combination of in-person workshops, one-on-one coaching, technical assistance, and peer learning designed to build their evaluative capacity. Using cutting-edge social-emotional learning (SEL) research to underpin evaluation tools, partners learn how to weave these concepts into program design. Specifically, participants measure a core set of research-based SEL youth outcomes that are correlated with academic success, reduced risky behaviors, and increased thriving; and assess staff capacity to deliver effective youth development practices that promote positive outcomes.

Population(s) Served

Our Legacy Leadership Program is intended for grassroots, youth-serving organizations led by founders or long-tenured executives. Over the course of the program, we work with the Executive Director/CEO, board, and staff to develop succession policies for long-term planning, emergency back-up plans for unforeseen crises, and identifying strategic priorities for organizational sustainability. In addition, organizations will use the lens of succession to analyze their financial sustainability, examine their internal leadership development culture, and build their board’s governance muscle. Through workshops, coaching calls, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, the program cultivates a tactical and supportive environment for succession, demystifying the process and establishing an intentional path towards organizational legacy.

Population(s) Served

Youth INC’s Service & Advisory Programs encompass the breadth of volunteer and pro-bono partnerships that bring necessary resources to partners. For the Service Enterprise Initiative, Youth INC and NYC Service have partnered together to provide affiliated nonprofit partners with a capacity building service that emphasizes leveraging volunteer service on all levels of the organization. Using a comprehensive model developed and led by national service organization Points of Light (POL), the ultimate goal of the model leads to the distinction of being identified as a Certified Service Enterprise Organization. Additionally, Youth INC’s Advisory programming includes initiatives to provide pro-bono consulting services to our non-profit partners through programs such as the Morgan Stanley Institutional Nonprofit Collaborative (MS INC), Deloitte Transition Labs, and FTI Marketing Support.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2008

Points of Light 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of hours of coaching

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of hours of training

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of organizational partners

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our mission is to transform the lives of New York City youth by empowering the nonprofits that serve them. We seek to increase their impact in three key ways: youth served, revenue, and board engagement. Using these metrics, each year Youth INC audits nearly 100 youth-oriented nonprofits in New York City to find 25-30 that would benefit from our training resources. Once in our network, our nonprofits participate in one or more of our key programs to learn the skills needed to grow quickly and sustainably.

We have four main areas in which we coach and empower our nonprofit partners: Fundraising, Engagement, Grants, and Metrics.

Fundraising: Each year, we teach up to 15 nonprofit organizations how to fundraise effectively by pairing their executives with Youth INC advisors. Youth INC’s annual Celebration gala has raised more than $18 million by over 100 nonprofits since 1995.

Board Advancement: This 15-month program employs custom assessments and mentorship from board development professionals to enhance board engagement. We place corporate professionals on the well-positioned board of our nonprofits.

Grants: Since 2007, we’ve awarded more than $2 million to 26 nonprofits through 47 capacity-building grants. We deliver grants to grassroots, youth-focused organizations within our network and use a metrics-based selection process that ensures maximum return on investment.

Metrics: Our 12 months of workshops, technical assistance, and peer mentorship gives our partners access to critical program data. Using cutting-edge social-emotional learning (SEL) research to underpin evaluation tools, partners learn how to weave these concepts into program design.

Pioneering Metrics System:
We worked closely with the education technology firm Algorhythm to develop effective tools for nonprofits to measure social-emotional learning. The resulting platform, Hello Insight, which we provide lifetime access to for all our partners, enables nonprofits to rigorously analyze and design their programs to meet the needs of the youth they serve. Using this tool we can continuously assess the impact of nonprofit programming and adjust offerings to meet evolving partner needs.

Corporate Partner Resources:
Through our venture philanthropy model, we have been uniquely effective at leveraging private sector resources and tools to support our nonprofit partners. This runs the gamut from technology and professional skills workshops hosted by T. Rowe Price to Leadership Labs for Executive Directors in our network led by a team at Deloitte. We have also created a unique board training and placement program to help address the need to grow our nonprofit partners' boards and fill them with capable individuals ready to support not hinder their work. Similarly, we formed a unique partnership with Morgan Stanley (MS INC) to harness skills-based volunteer manpower and channel it into the most pressing needs of our network. As a result of these offerings, we have an unparalleled toolkit with which to support our nonprofit partners.

Investment in Employees and Internal Technology Resources:
At Youth INC, we consider investment in our staff to be an integral element of growing our organization and fulfilling our mission. For this reason, we sponsor team members to attend conferences and trainings as well as host several all-staff workshops every year. We also are happy to provide resources (books, subscriptions, etc) and tools to facilitate team members' development. Our team has also prioritized adopting platforms like Salesforce and Monday.com that streamline our processes and allow us to better collaborate.

Fundraising: By building out effective fundraising from unrestricted funds, we are able to be nimble and innovative supporters of our nonprofit partners. Moreover, with the assistance of our board, we are developing new tools and financial strategies to ensure that we can be a capacity-builder for the long-haul.

Since 1995, Youth INC has raised more than $100 million, empowered 180 nonprofits, and transformed the lives of over a million young people. Over the course of partnership with Youth INC, our partners experience on average: 154% increase in budget size, a 38% increase in board size, and 180% increase in the number of youth served. Moreover, 83% of youth served by our network show significant gains in at least 3 core areas of social-emotional learning (SEL).

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently used an extensive round of survey and interview driven feedback to inform a shift in our program model that is now reflected in our current three-year strategic plan. Based on comments and ideas from our partners and other external stakeholders, we realized that we need to segment our programs more concretely based on an organization's level of development as well as better tailor our onboarding for new partners to effectively assess their capacity and stage of development at the outset of our relationship. This has led to a complete shift in how we assess our partners' capacity and direct them into our various programs. Now when a partner is brought on they receive a full diagnostic and are put into programs that reflect their unique and holistic developmental needs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Youth INC

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dhananjay Pai

P. Schoenfeld Asset Management

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Wray Thorn

Sightway Capital

Term: 2019 -

Wray T. Thorn

Two Sigma Investments, LLC

Richard P. Schifter

TPG Capital, LP

Paul Aversano

Alvarez & Marsal

Sanford A. Cockrell, III

Deloitte Tax LLP

Douglas M. Kaden

Oak Hill Capital

Robert McCooey

NASDAQ OMX

Harry J. Wilson

MAEVA Group

Dhananjay Pai

P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP

Evan Wildstein

Kohlberg & Company LLC

Emmett McCann

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Kathleen McCabe

Morgan Stanley

Cate Ambrose

LAVCA

Paige Costigan

PJT Partners

William Derrough

Moelis & Company

Mark Pedretti

Reed Smith

Daniel Pine

Marathon Asset Management, L.P.

Stancel Riley

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Rachel Rosenblatt

FTI Consulting

Matthew Stopnik

RBC Capital Markets

David Tayeh

InvestCorp

Karen Beldy Torborg

Marsh Inc.

Mark Whaling

Canaccord Genuity

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/02/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2020

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

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.