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For nonprofits and community-based organizations serving youth, the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest provides professional development to volunteers and staff of youth programs, relevant, evidence-based information on topics ranging from recruitment to program management, as well as services that create efficiencies and make youth-development programs stronger.

With a mission to empower youth organizations to improve student outcomes and reduce social costs, IYS supports more than 190 youth programs, including camps, sports, STEM, leadership, afterschool, independent living, and mentoring programs.

Institute for Youth Success Services


Trainings, Workshops & Facilitation

Working with youth, social emotional learning, mentoring best practices, volunteer screening, STEM, and more.

Measurement and Quality Improvement Systems

Youth Program Quality Intervention, Quality Based Mentoring, and Dimensions of Success.

Technical Assistance for Youth Development Programs

Our technical assistance offerings are designed to help mentoring program staff and volunteers become more effective in working with youth.


We believe that young people win when schools are deeply connected to community-based youth-serving nonprofits.
- Director Celeste Janssen

Celeste Janssen

Celeste Janssen - Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest Director