Youth Development

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Youth Programs & Nonprofit Support

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.

Explore our Youth Development work

  • 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,...
  • How are collective impact efforts making a difference in their communities? How can initiatives better serve the students, families, and communities they’re working to support? In evaluating a...
  • Learning is best seen as an ongoing, collaborative effort that extends beyond the reach of even the best formal learning programs. Our team has a proven track record of creating the conditions to...
  • Education Northwest’s curriculum developers, instructional designers, and instructors create and deliver superior real-time learning products for a variety of audiences. From professional development...
  • The e-learning team at Education Northwest designs and builds engaging online learning experiences in a variety of formats. We combine our deep expertise in education and instructional design with...
  • For more than a decade, Education Northwest has been a national provider of training and technical assistance to tutoring and out-of-school time programs. Our trainings combine the skills and...
  • Education Northwest offers a variety of program assessment and evaluation services to youth mentoring programs and multisite initiatives. Our evaluation and research projects can both determine...
  • Education Northwest builds the capacity of youth mentoring initiatives by helping to improve program service delivery, increasing staff skills and knowledge, building program infrastructure, and...
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    What Helps a Child Thrive? Young people’s success in life depends on more than just academic knowledge and test scores. Educators understand that a child’s mindsets, skills, and habits are incredibly...
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    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...
  • two students and a mentor arm in arm
    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...
  • Cover image of the Mobilizing Communities: Improving Northwest Education through Collective Impact publication
    Collective impact gained recognition as an approach to solving complex social issues in the late 1990s with a number of efforts to address environmental and public health challenges across America...
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Soaring Beyond Expectations logo
    Bringing together the latest research and the expertise of veteran Oregon grantees, this webinar explores promising practices for effectively promoting academic engagement. Veteran 21stCCLC grantees...
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    A list of resources related to tutoring students in reading and more, including "Couldn't Put It Down! Captivating the Hearts and Minds of Adolescent Readers", "Motivating Reluctant Adolescent Readers", and "Learns Tutoring Videos".
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    The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012) can help school administrators and staff, as well as their community partners, design and implement effective...
  • An adult woman mentoring a elementary school girl
    In recent years, youth mentoring has diversified in the types of youth populations being served and the settings for the delivery of program services. These resources, developed by our National...
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    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...
  • Lessons Learned Volume 1, Issue 4 Cover
    School-based mentoring (SBM) is becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students in a number of academic and psychosocial domains. In this model, a K–12 student is paired with an adult from...
  • Cover of the latest Lessons Learned
    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...
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    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...
  • The following resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012) can help school administrators and staff, as well as their community partners, design and implement effective...
  • A mentor helping a student in a classroom
    Program evaluation is an increasingly important area of operations for all youth mentoring programs. These resources, developed by our National Mentoring Center project (1998-2012), can help youth...
  • Mentors and Mentee's working together
    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...
  • 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...
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    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...