YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NETWORK

We exist to ensure everyone is valued for who they are and encouraged to become their best.

aka YDN   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.ydnetwork.org

Mission

YDN’s mission is to ensure everyone is valued for who they are and encouraged to become their best. We envision communities filled with people who can achieve personal and academic success; be connected to their community; have a positive vision of their future and be healthy, productive and civic-minded adults. YDN provides an array of customized developmental solutions to educational and business organizations that are dedicated to building environments and cultures where people are valued for who they are and encouraged to become their best.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Adrian Ruiz

Main address

PO Box 661602

Sacramento, CA 95866 USA

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EIN

26-1364376

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

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Youth Action Teams (YATs)

Youth Action Teams (YATs). These youth teams are the focus of a project to build the capacity of organizations to provide opportunities and skills for youth to reduce violence and gang involvement in Sacramento. 

This project targets youth (ages 12-24), with a focus on disenfranchised youth, racial and ethnic minorities, youth in foster care, pre-gang or gang affiliated youth, adjudicated youth, and others exhibiting risky behaviors such as truancy, academic failure, drug use, homeless, and poor social skills. These youth live in neighborhoods in the City of Sacramento that exhibit some of the highest violent crime rates and gang involvement in the County. The project builds the capacity of organizations and institutions to engage youth in meaningful ways in order to provide a solid foundation for youth and their adult partners to launch initiatives that are more relevant and effective because they are more "in-touch" with the unique characteristics of the target grouin partnership with adults, to address issues of youth violence prevention. Through training and coaching YATs will develop and implement neighborhood action violence prevention plans that include community change strategies, policy recommendations, and a communication awareness campaign. YDN and OYD will provide resources for the Sacramento Youth Commission to address neighborhood conditions and identify solutions to youth violence through active participation in YAT meetings, training in policy advocacy, and development of a citywide violence prevention policy agenda aligned with the needs and interests of disenfranchised youth. YDN will support YATs to advocate for the adoption of a citywide violence prevention policy agenda and a permanent mechanism within the City to address neighborhood violence prevention issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

YDN in assisting organizations in using a strength based approach in working with their young people. The strength based approach is a globally recognized, research based instrument that shifts adults from being deficit based to strength positive based in their interactions with the young people. This will be achieved through the offering of a two day strength based institute followed by 10 hours of coaching per organization. The coaching phase will be navigated by action plans that the organizations create during the two day institute.   

 

The organizational selection process will be competitive. The criteria that YDN and Gallup have set includes: assessing the readiness of organizations to make a strength based shift in their work as well as ensuring that the youth they serve are deemed at risk of not transitioning into adulthood effectively. The systems and services that we will be recruiting from include but are not limited to education, non-profits afterschool programs faith based organizations libraries mental health providers law enforcement and foster care services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 10/07/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jeff Jensen

Crowe LLP

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Addie Ellis

Natomas Charter School

Term: 2021 - 2024

Jeff Jenson

Crowe LLP

Lilly Rankins

Addie Ellis

Natomas Charter

Brent McClure

BBVA

Rob Chase

Mass Mutual No. CA

Keegan MacNichol

Mach 1 Equity LLC

Kim Mohler

Retired City of Sacramento YPCE

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/7/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

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