Youth Development

The Georgetown Project

Leaders in Youth Development since 1997

Georgetown, TX   |  http://www.georgetownproject.org

Mission

Vision: A community where no child is hungry, hurt, alone or rejected and where all children and youth feel loved, respected and treated with dignity. Mission: Identify needs and develop resources, relationships and services so that our youth become caring, capable and resilient individuals.

Ruling year info

1997

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Leslie Janca

Main address

P.O. Box 957

Georgetown, TX 78627 USA

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EIN

74-2807713

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Georgetown Project provides leadership in our community to fill gaps in the safety net of services for children and youth so they grow into caring, capable and resilient young adults. Our programs and partnerships build important intergenerational relationships with youth from birth into young adulthood and we lead The Georgetown Project Collaborative for Children & Youth and Afterschool Alliance, two community coalitions working collectively so that young people have the opportunity to thrive. Direct services include: *Bridges to Growth Parent Center--learning center for parents, childcare providers and preschool children *Kid City--summer camp for low-income elementary children in Georgetown ISD *After School Action Program--after school program on GISD middle school campuses *NEST Empowerment Center--center for homeless and at-risk GISD high school students *Summer Youth Employment Program--teen work program *Assets In Action--youth summits and service events for teens

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?

NEST Empowerment Center

Multi-component center serving Georgetown ISD high school students qualified at-risk , homeless or living in transition. 1) Empowerment Center--day shelter providing basic needs and supportive services after school. 2) Summer Youth Employment Program-eight-week summer employment internships. 3) Post-secondary Education & Housing--transitional housing and career training or college for one year following high school graduation.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$200,000

Where we work

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Vision: A community where no child is hungry, hurt, alone or rejected and where all children and youth feel loved, respected and treated with dignity. Mission: Identify needs and develop resources, relationships and services so that our youth become caring, capable and resilient individuals. TGP programs are deeply rooted in the research-based 40 Developmental Assets and the newer Developmental Relationships frameworks of positive youth development, which are building blocks of healthy development that all adults have the power to bring into the lives of children and youth. Developmental Assets/Relationships are model programs based on extensive research in health, prevention, resiliency, and youth development. Our vision is for youth to experience as many of the 40 Developmental Assets as possible while growing up in Georgetown. Long-term success of TGP would be for the community of Georgetown to embrace a critical shift in thinking from fixing young people’s problems to promoting young people’s strengths. Through our efforts we hope to empower youth, engage parents, and mobilize our community to come together in new and creative ways around youth issues. TGP adopted The Performance Imperative by Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, which has seven organizational pillars: Courageous, adaptive executive and board leadership; Disciplined, people-focused management; Well-designed and well-implemented programs and strategies; Financial health and sustainability; A culture that values learning; Internal monitoring for continuous improvement; External evaluation for mission effectiveness. Ultimately, our goal is to unite the community around a common vision for youth and collectively fill the gaps in youth development. We want all children to grow up safe and healthy, ready for college, work and life.

1. Establish linkages that ensure collaboration with existing organizations to map resources, identify gaps and create solutions to health and human service issues affecting children and youth. Nurturing relationships between youth service providers increases referrals among agencies and leads to creation of new services that meet needs. We regularly convene 65 organizations serving children, youth and families in our community. And our staff serve on 10 other coalitions with single-issue planning around youth development. 2. Gather and monitor data that can be used to address community issues affecting youth. Data-driven decision making is essential. We need to know where we are to understand where we need to go as a community of youth service providers. We publish the Ready by 21 Educational Pipeline and Snapshot of Children & Youth. 3. Utilize an inclusive process encouraging community participation and consensus building around a common vision. TGP Collaborative for Children and Youth engages 65 youth-serving organizations in collective impact projects. We formed the Assets Afterschool Alliance and Summer Youth Employment Alliance with local partners to deepen collaboration. 4. Encourage opportunities for youth voices to be heard. Empowering the youth voice is a foundational component of Developmental Assets & Relationships building. Important youth services were developed as a result of empowering youth in the planning process. We host youth summits and intergenerational service events. 5. Apply Developmental Assets & Developmental Relationships frameworks as our change model. Strengthening Assets and Relationships in the lives of young people has less to do with money, policy, programs and professionals-the traditional levers of change-and more to do with unleashing relationship-building capacity in all settings where the lives of adults and youth intersect. We train communities, organizations, adults and youth in Developmental Assets & Developmental Relationships. And we mentor communities across the country seeking to mobilize around children and youth issues. 6. Willing to adapt service models - especially when situations arise out of our control such as the COVID-19 restrictions. Challenges create new needs and opportunities to “rise to the occasion.” To help build connection amidst social isolation, we are learned to use virtual platforms such as Zoom, Facebook Live and others for interactive discussions, parent education classes and childcare provider training, and YouTube videos for creative content.

1. History of Success. 23-year track record of working collaboratively at the community and programmatic levels in positive youth development. Proven success in creating and sustaining services for youth of all ages. 2. Multi-Sector Board of Directors. Diverse Board of Directors representing a cross-section of adult community leaders and youth. 3. Professional Staff, each with professional experience and credentials in their field. All staff members have been a part of the Georgetown community for decades and have raised their children in Georgetown or Williamson County. 4. Financial Capacity. Documented success in resource development and collaborative program partnerships, including grant writing, donor relations, special events, pledge campaigns, board/staff giving and other fundraising activities. 5. Long-Standing, Successful Program Partnerships. Sustained collaborative program partnerships with Georgetown ISD (Kid City, ASAP, The NEST), City of Georgetown Parks & Recreation (Kid City, ASAP, Youth Leadership & Prevention Activities), Southwestern University (Community Interaction Partnership), Churches/Clubs/Schools/Nonprofit Partners (The NEST), Local Businesses (Summer Youth Employment Program). 6. Recognized as Local Leader in Youth Development. Acknowledged as the lead agency around child and youth issues in Georgetown. Through participation in the TGP Collaborative for Children and Youth, over 60 local non-profits look to TGP for leadership in connecting the youth services community. 7. Model in Community Mobilization around Asset Building. Provide Developmental Asset training to cities, schools, parents, youth and communities across the state of Texas and beyond. Mentor communities across the nation, because we value the opportunity to share our successful model. Named a national Promise Place by America’s Promise and helped secure Best Intergenerational Community Award for Georgetown

Key indicators vary between programs, but at the organizational level, we assess progress based upon Strategic Plan goals, and progress toward the annual objectives within each main goal. We recently concluded a two-year strategic visioning process, looking ahead to the next 3-5 years. We assess the effectiveness of program partnerships and TGP Collaborative for Children & Youth through written assessments and feedback loops. All assessments are used to improve community partnerships and interactions. At the program level, in our K-12 school and community-based initiatives, progress is measured by many tools, including Logic Model alignment, client/volunteer/partnership effectiveness evaluations, and outcomes measurement such as numbers served, cost/unit of service, change in behavior or learning, as well as key indicators such as grades, attendance, behavior, etc. Developmental Assets are measured for all youth in our programs. Milestones Include: • TGP celebrating 23 years serving the community in 2020. • The number of Developmental Assets youth report having in their lives has increased from around 20-22 in the late 90’s to 30 in recent years, depending upon the population surveyed. We believe that by keeping the focus on children and youth, and creating awareness around Developmental Assets and Relationships, we fulfill our role in helping to build a community that places high priority on the healthy development of Georgetown’s young people. • Successful program partnerships have been sustained over time, each grounded in the Developmental Assets, created to fill identified needs in the community and to model effective collaboration. (Kid City-23 years, ASAP-22 years, Bridges to Growth-20 years, CIP-18 years, NEST-9 years, SYEP-8 years). • Through the TGP Collaborative, we have engaged the youth development community since 1997. • Increased capacity for outcomes measurement and case management-purchased Apricot by Social Solutions. • We have served as the go-to agency for youth development in Georgetown since 1997 and continue to bring the community together around youth issues through leadership of The Georgetown Project Collaborative for Children & Youth, Afterschool Alliance and our newer Youth Employment Alliance. • Created the first Georgetown Ready by 21 Educational Pipeline, in partnership with almost 100 youth-serving partners. Currently working to complete the dashboard for our first Georgetown Child & Youth Wellbeing Profile.

The Georgetown Project (TGP) programs result in Developmental Relationships and Future-Ready Skills for more than 5,000 children, youth and families each year. 2019 results specifically: •112: GISD at-risk/homeless high school students served through TGP NEST Empowerment Center. •18: At-risk/ homeless high school students completed the 8-week Summer Youth Employment Program. •300: Nights of shelter provided. •100: High school students served during MLK & Global Youth Service Days. •106: Elementary children attended four weeks of Kid City summer camp. •263: Middle school students participated in the After School Action Program on their middle school campuses. Bridges to Growth Parent/Child Center impact: •937: Infants, toddlers & preschoolers attended early learning events. •1,040: Parents, childcare providers & others raising young children attended child development & parenting classes. •5,136: Total visits to the center. •250: English & Spanish classes offered through Bridges to Growth Parent/Child Center. •6: Williamson County school districts where parent education classes are provided by TGP. •Every few years we bring 100 high school students and community leaders together in meaningful dialogue around the top three issues important to youth as identified in our Youth Voices Survey. The 2020 Youth Voices Summit was held March 11 to focus on Youth Substance Use, Mental Health and Employment issues. •Will start the 3rd year of a pilot with Georgetown Health Foundation offering supportive housing and case management for NEST students after high school graduation to complete post-secondary certifications and job training. •Because of the COVID-19-related restrictions, we lost face-to-face access with our youth and families for more than a quarter of our program year. While The Georgetown Project home office never shut down, we adapted direct service programming to minimize the long-term impact. We quickly shifted some program strategies and mobilized new outreach methods through virtual platforms and individualized case management to maintain connections with youth and families during spring/summer shut-downs. We began serving groups of students in person again this fall in our K-12 after school programs, with group size limitations in place, masks, sanitizing, screening and other required protocols in place. Our parent center continues virtual training for parents, childcare providers and preschool children through this fall.

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Keywords

Leader in Youth Development, Youth Programs-Birth Into Young Adulthood, Coalition Leader, Collective Impact,