Human Services

Youth Catalytics

  • Charlotte, VT
  • http://www.youthcatalytics.org

Mission Statement

Working in partnership with organizations and communities to advance promising practices with children, youth and families.

Main Programs

  1. NEN
Service Areas

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National

Primarily in New England

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Melanie Goodman

Keywords

Self-reported

Runaways, Homeless, Children, Youth, Training, Advocacy, Research, Child Welfare, Resources, Youth

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EIN

22-2561662

Also Known As

New England Network

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Professional Societies, Associations (V03)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Through our linked professional development and practical research divisions, Youth Catalytics works collaboratively to strengthen social services, promote best practices and respond to emerging policy and practice issues. Youth Catalytics acts quickly and leverages its relationships with peer organizations throughout the country to press key initiatives and translate new thinking into effective programming. We respond rapidly to emerging policy issues, stay with initiatives long enough to make a difference, and possess the expertise to craft models for change that can be replicated elsewhere.

Programs

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Program 1

NEN

Conferences & Events: NEN sponsors 3 regional conferences, several best practice showcases and specialized trainings annually that attract child and youth care professional representing all areas and levels of expertise. One-on-One Technical Assistance: Trained staff provide information and advice via phone, fax or email. Research & Public Policy: Staff track legislation, assist members with advocacy, publish interviews and conduct one major research project annually. Networking Opportunities: NEN provides links to hundreds of youth-serving agencies through trainings, conferences, national demonstration grants, learning resource teams and referrals. Consultation & Training: NEN offers personalized, on-site trainings and facilitates coalition-building and planning to promote the health, safety and well being of youth, families and social agencies. Publications: NEN publishes two bimonthly newsletters covering clinical and administrative/policy issues, and a direct service insert. Our "What's Hot Bulletin" is emailed and posted on our website weekly, with breaking news, upcoming events, and funding advocacy alerts. Website: Nan's revised website features a new funding page with advice and announcements, federal policy updates, NEN publications, a virtual resource library, and links to other useful sites. Resource Library: Our library contains over 1000 books, videos, articles, reports, directories, etc. and is continuously updated and easily accessible through our website. Member on our Leadership Council: Members are invited to influence NEN programs and policies by becoming a member of the Leadership Council. Council members help plan events and determine how issues and trends are incorporated into our services.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primarily in New England

Funding Needs

Seeking funding to pilot and replicate community building products and services.   Mapsite: Resource-Mapping Websites for and by Youth NEN developed the 'mapsite' process to engage young people in finding and describing the opportunities that exist in their own community.  NEN developed a customized, GPS-enabled website to display mapped resources, and makes that technology available to other communities.   ImProve OutcomesSM "Prove it or lose it". Funders' demands for accountability have risen. Having a solid evaluation program not only helps guarantee your funding, but it holds you accountable to your own high standards. NEN designed ImProve Outcomes in 2005 to help agencies set realistic expectations with clients, identify and organize client accomplishments, and measure how well their program fosters participant achievement.   For additional funding needs please see our website: http://www.nenetwork.org/community_building/products_services.html

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YOUTH CATALYTICS INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Youth Catalytics

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Melanie Goodman

BIO

Melanie Goodman has been in the field of human services since 1979. She assumed co-directorship of New England Network in 1994, and became its sole executive director in 2003. Prior to joining New England Network, she served as executive director of a community-based youth service agency in western Massachusetts, where she created one of the first comprehensive transitional living programs in the country. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., and a master's degree in organization and management from Antioch College, New England. She is certified in mediation, trustee leadership development, and as a facilitator/trainer with the Institute for Cultural Affairs. In addition to being an experienced organizational planner, program developer and grant writer, she conducts frequent presentations and trainings, and provides ongoing consultation to both public and private agencies. Areas of expertise include: strategic planning; group facilitation; board development, fund development; federal grant writing; transitional living programs and community collaboration.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"There's no question about it: 2010-11 was a tough year for everyone, and especially for the nonprofit sector. Some thrived, but most faced a big financial upset brought about by a down economy and its by-product: the drying up of public funds and much uncertainty going forward. But there was some good news this year for NEN, and it was that our work in communities, always an aspect of our larger mission, blossomed. Why? Because the concept of youth development is itself expanding into the mainstream — into schools, libraries and museums, town and city departments, recreation centers, local TV and radio stations, and all kinds of private-sector settings. Last year we found ourselves creating tools to improve community systems and programs, often connecting our primary constituency of child/youth service providers with these new players. The standouts for us this past year include the completion of a large Compassion Capital Fund project in southern Vermont, where we helped local communities meet the needs of young people by increasing the effectiveness of community- and faith-based organizations. We were thrilled to win a five-year teen pregnancy prevention replication grant from the US Office of Adolescent Health, and have successfully completed the first-year pilot phase with our two primary partner agencies in Connecticut. In an interesting new twist on our more traditional work, NEN was commissioned last fall by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to 'map' 14 communities in New England as part of an exciting evolution in public education toward 'student-centered learning.' And finally, our research team completed five years of investigation into the early sexualization of girls, resulting in a groundbreaking report and related work to follow.Does it sound like we're growing in our interests and expertise? We are. The fact that we are no longer exclusively focused on New England, are no longer a traditional membership organization, and no longer work solely with social service agencies led us this year to a big decision: in 2012, we're going to change our name. We've started the process by inviting the people who know us best — partners, advisers and clients — to describe NEN in just a few words. We’ve put their responses together in the word cloud reproduced above. This year our task will be to distill these words into their essence. Have some input for us? Let us know. In the meantime, stay tuned. Some exciting changes are on the horizon."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mary Imbornone

Devereux

Term: Nov 2009 - Nov 2012

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