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The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) has been supporting youth programs since our inception as the Oregon Mentoring Initiative in 2002. Today, as part of Education Northwest, we work with more than 190 youth programs that support kids by building a strong connection to an adult or older peer. For
The Institute for Youth Success (IYS) at Education Northwest is a a lead organizer of the National Collaborative Webinar Series. Each month, we partner with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, and Friends for Youth to deliver a free, monthly webinar
Welcome to the Oregon Leadership Network's monthly blog series. Topics relate to building the capacity of education leaders to sustain research-based...
      We invite you to a free training on the latest in volunteer screening best practices and identifying potential child sexual predators Is your nonprofit following volunteer screening best practices? Experts estimate that 94-98 percent of child sexual predators have clean background checks.
      Providing a safe place for children to go after school isn’t enough. If we want to support our schools and communities to build the skills that youth need to thrive, the quality of your youth program matters. Join us for this webinar to learn more about an evidence-based framework in
      This webinar is a follow up to the March 18 session on social emotional learning and building youth belonging. This one-hour webinar is an introduction for nonprofits that are curious about learning more about additional social emotional learning constructs including emotional competence,
Are you utilizing the vehicle of relationships to shape positive outcomes for youth? Wondering if these relationships are really moving the needle for youth?
      How well do you collect information and work to understand the perspective of the students you work with? Surveying students on their perspective is an important source of data that can provide helpful—and surprising—outcomes. In this webinar, we’ll hear from guest presenter Steve York about
      Looking for ideas to incorporate youth voice in your setting? Excited about the possibilities but unsure how to build safe and supportive Youth-Adult Partnerships? This webinar featured Education Northwest researcher Julie Petrokubi to learn ways your organization can go beyond youth input to
As a former teacher, I often run into adults I taught years ago when they were children and marvel at what they’ve achieved. Sometimes my mind scrambles, though, to square the confident, accomplished person in front of me with the child who struggled to write an expository paragraph or make sense
      This fall, the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest is thrilled to bring the national speaker Karen Pittman to Oregon. Come hear Karen and learn why there is a buzz around youth development. Save the date to join us at our luncheon. Date: Wednesday, October 14 Time: Noon to 1:30
      To view a video recording of this webinar and access slides and resources, visit the REL Northwest site. May 28, 2015, 4–5 p.m. PDT Recent studies have shown that students’ belief in themselves as learners can have a positive impact on their ability to persist in their academic coursework
Since this article 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 and across the region. Schools alone can’t do everything when it comes to reaching out to
Collective impact involves bringing together a wide range of partners—schools, community-based organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individuals—to address a critical community issue. Initiatives are often complex with many moving parts, and challenges include making sure that
A series published by Education Northwest that distills and shares research and experience from the field. From Training Space to Any Place: Expanding Approaches to E-Learning Vol. 4, Issue 2 By Benjamin Carmel and Nancy Henry Addressing the Challenges of Building and Maintaining Effective Research
The following resources for planning, designing, and implementing a youth mentoring program were developed by our National Mentoring Center project. All are free to download. Please contact us if you have any questions about these resources. Foundations of Successful Youth Mentoring: A Guidebook
The following resources on recruiting and screening volunteer mentors were been developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012). These resources can help any mentoring program recruit appropriate adults for the mentoring role and ensure the safety of program participants through
The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help mentoring programs prepare both volunteer mentors and the youth they serve for their mentoring experience. These materials can be useful in both pre-match training and ongoing training that helps
The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help youth mentoring programs in both school and community settings plan for a sustainable future. These resources cover many aspects of sustainability, such as fundraising, marketing and branding, and
Building Inquiry Skills in Afterschool STEM and Beyond This webinar offers tips and examples for implementing youth-led inquiry, an approach to designing school-day instruction and afterschool settings that both teaches important content and develops critical thinking skills. The cycle of inquiry –

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