Institute for Youth Success

Institute for Youth Success

For nonprofits and community-based organizations serving youth, we provide professional development and a wide range of capacity-building support through the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest. Services include training and technical assistance, research, and consultation for mentoring, tutoring, and out-of-school time programs.

Supporting Programs That Serve Youth

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Playing a vital role in supporting youth programs, the Institute for Youth Success (IYS)―originally Oregon Mentors―was started in 2001 by leaders within the business community and merged with Education Northwest in 2015. With a mission to empower youth organizations to improve outcomes and reduce social costs, IYS supports more than 190 youth programs, including camps, sports, STEM, leadership, afterschool, independent living, and mentoring programs. In addition to providing professional development to volunteers and staff of youth programs, IYS provides relevant, evidence-based information on topics ranging from recruitment to program management and offers services that create efficiencies and make youth-development programs stronger.

We believe that young people win when schools are deeply connected to community-based youth-serving nonprofits.
—Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest Director Celeste Janssen

  • Training Your Staff on Youth-Development Fundamentals: The Institute for Youth Success offers 10 workshops that empower direct-service staff with tools to increase the quality of their work. These...
  • Helping Youth Programs Improve Mentoring The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) at Education Northwest is a national leader in providing assistance to new and developed mentoring programs. We can help...
  • With more than 80 million children having some kind of contact with nearly 35 million adults through volunteer and youth-serving programs each year — and with the increase in the number of articles...
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math = STEM The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) at Education Northwest works with STEM programs to put the "R" in STEM... relationships! We know that adults...
  • Building Stronger Youth Programs Through Training and Technical Assistance The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) at Education Northwest trains staff members and volunteers at nonprofits, churches,...
  • The Institute for Youth Success offers two workshops that support managers with data-informed program improvement. These trainings were designed by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program...
  • March 31, 2015
    Since this post appeared in March, 2015 as part of our series on collective impact, the Institute for Youth Success has joined Education Northwest to better support youth-serving agencies in Oregon...