Humanizing the Classroom


Supporting Youth Programs

Impacting the lives of thousands of youths, the Institute for Youth Success builds the capacity of leadership and staff of schools and youth programs to innovate and deliver high quality services.

Equity-driven and research-based services include training and technical assistance, research, and consultation for schools and mentoring, tutoring and out-of-school time programs.

Northwest Matters Blog

How Schools Can Get the Most From Youth Program Partnerships

By Celeste Janssen | September 7, 2018

Youth program partnerships can help districts and schools accomplish more than they can by themselves. However, managing a portfolio of youth programs can be tricky.

On our blog, Celeste Janssen, director of the Institute for Youth Success (IYS), discusses ways that schools can optimize their after-school, mentoring and other youth programs through equity-centered, research-based approaches—and how IYS can help.

After-School Support

Institute for Youth Success

The Institute for Youth Success is a national leader in providing assistance to mentoring and after-school programs. We offer free technical assistance through the National Mentoring Resource Center, and we have created an initiative that helps programs assess, evaluate and improve their services.

Nonprofit Support

Featured Area of Work

Education Northwest helps youth programs and nonprofits create stronger infrastructure, operations and programming. Our experts provide staff development and capacity-building training, technical assistance, research and consultation to both regional and national community-based organizations.

Program Evaluation

Youth Development Programs

Education Northwest offers evaluation services to help you determine your effectiveness and continuously improve your youth program. Our services include program-quality systems, logic modeling, needs assessments, examinations of participants’ perceptions and experiences and outcome evaluations.

Federal Projects

REL Northwest

Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories across the nation dedicated to improving the use of research and data in policy and classroom practice. REL Northwest is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Northwest Comprehensive Center

The NWCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides high-impact training and technical assistance to state education agencies in the Northwest states. Our work focuses on the priorities of educator effectiveness and school improvement.

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