Youth Development

NORTH MARIN COMMUNITY SERVICES

Success Starts Here

aka NMCS

NOVATO, CA

Mission

Vision: A strong community with opportunities for all. Mission: We empower youth, adults and families in our diverse community to achieve well-being, growth and success.

Notes from the Nonprofit

North Marin Community Services (NMCS) is a leader in the field of human services and youth development. NMCS evolved as a 501c3 on January 1, 2018 through a merger between the Novato Youth Center and Novato Human Needs Center; organizations who have been serving the community each for 43+ years. Now stronger together, with 60 staff and 300 volunteers, we would like to ask for your support as we deliver a multi-generational continuum of services, from infants to seniors and serve 6,000 youth, adults and families. We are seeking supporters to join forces and help us deliver critical programs and services. Your contribution may also be matched due to the generosity of a long-time anonymous donor. If you are a new donor or increasing your gift from last year's, your contribution will be matched $.50 on the $1.00. Your contribution will make an immediate difference. Thank you for your investment in the success of youth and families.

Ruling Year

1972

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Cheryl Paddack

Main Address

680 WILSON AVENUE

NOVATO, CA 94947 USA

Keywords

Novato

EIN

94-1735064

 Number

3215906094

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Affordable Child Care: Child care is unavailable to 55% of children in Marin with working parents (kidsdata.org).
Family Income & the Safety Net: Thirty-five percent of families living in Marin cannot afford basic living expenses, and 11% of children in Marin live in poverty (Children Now).
Academic Achievement Gap: In Marin, 72% of White and 75% of Asian-American students meet grade level standards in math compared to 29% of Latino and 25% of African-American students.
Mental Illness: The California Healthy Kids Survey reveals a significant number of Novato youth experience depression and suicidal thoughts.
Substance Use: In 2015, one quarter of Novato 11th graders consumed alcohol in the 30 days prior to being surveyed, and 22% indicated use of marijuana (California Healthy Kids Survey).
Obesity. In 2015, just 62% of Latino 9th grade students were at a healthy weight, compared to 79% of their Caucasian counterparts.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Community Support Services and Adolescent Health

Community Engagement and Legal Services

Mental Health Programs

Child Development

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Visits to our Monday Teen Clinic for youth ages 12-21 accessing reproductive and behavioral healthcare increased by 43%; an additional 173 visits for a total of 516 free and confidential visits.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Context notes

516 free and confidential Monday Teen Clinic visits

Youth in healthy relationships/teen pregnancy prevention workshops said they intended to reduce their risk for health problems by taking concrete steps: communicating more, teen clinic, abstaining.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Context notes

94% of 756 youth reported that they intended to reduce their risk for health problems by taking concrete steps

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Families

Related program

Community Support Services and Adolescent Health

Context notes

628 youth and their families received no/low cost mental health services at our two counseling clinics and on nine NUSD school campuses (346 youth received crisis/counseling on school campuses).

Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Minorities,

People of Latin American descent

Context notes

Kinder Academy and Playgroups, Early Childhood Education, Afterschool/summer enrichment programs for elementary and middle schoolers

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Families,

Minorities

Related program

Mental Health Programs

Context notes

100% of 11 Promotores reported that they have knowledge and skills necessary to successfully advocate for reduced access to alcohol.

Number of diversity training courses conducted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

2 staff/board trainings in 2014-15

Youth participated in a 10-week indoor soccer league, and all of those who completed our survey reported that the league increased the amount of time they have spent being physically active.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

K-12 (5-19 years),

Multiracial people

Related program

Community Engagement and Legal Services

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Annually we serve 6,000 youth, families and individuals, with an emphasis on the low income population. North Marin Community Services' 2016-19 strategic plan is focused on the following four strategic areas:
1. Create a more resilient and resourceful family system by providing training and education to increase the skills of NYC parents/ guardians, with an emphasis on the Latino community.
2. Create a cohesive community by bringing together diverse groups and enhancing Novato's cultural competency.
3. Strive to bring Novato's low-income families above the poverty line by increasing access to basic needs support, education, and job opportunities.
4. Build the capacity of the Center to achieve Initiatives 1 – 3.

Initiative #1:
1. Provide or coordinate workshops, open to all parents/guardians in the community, on at least three topics annually.
2. Implement a Newcomer Academy for immigrant Latino families.
Initiative #2:
1. Hold intercultural community cohesion events and/or programming.
2. Provide cultural competency consulting, training, and advocacy.
Initiative #3:
1. Develop a case management system.
2. Conduct exploratory conversations and partner with anti-poverty organizations to create a complete anti-poverty service model.
Implement new, and expand on existing, bilingual services for families, with emphasis on counseling services.
Initiative #4:
1. Raise needed funding.
2. Marketing & Development Committee to identify and implement marketing and rebranding opportunities.

We have an active Board of Directors of 21 members. NMCS has 60 staff and counseling interns/trainees who work in partnership with over 20+ public and private community partners to ensure the organization's services are geographically accessible and cost effective for clients. As a school-based and school-linked provider, our key community partner is the Novato Unified School District. To engage community members in our mission this year, staff worked with 317 volunteers who donated 10,453 hours of their time and expertise. Our organization operates under a Theory of Change, with logic models for each program. All programs undergo annual evaluations to ensure their effectiveness, and we use an Excellence Tool to rate the programs' success.

North Marin Community Services continuously strives to improve the effectiveness of our programs. We evaluate them throughout the year, gathering qualitative and quantitative data and analyzing that data against both process and outcome measures. In striving for continuous improvement, we set yearly goals that coincide with our three-year strategic plan, and, when available, we participate in external evaluations. We also listen to the feedback of the youth and families who are impacted by our programs, and we regularly administer satisfaction surveys. At the close of each fiscal year, our impact is evaluated and the results are described in our organization's annual report that is posted on our website and distributed to our supporters.

The Novato Youth Center (NYC) met all of the goals under the last 2013-16 strategic plan. We are exceeding the goals in NYC's 2016-19 strategic plan, which has now been adopted by NMCS. One of our strategic goals is to develop an anti-poverty service model. This led to strategic partnership conversations with the Novato Human Needs Center (NHNC), a sister nonprofit organization that focuses on assisting low-income residents and those in crisis to help break their cycles of poverty. Our organizations each have a 40-year history of providing social services to children, youth, families and adults – together serving over 6,000 people annually. In August 2017, both Board of Directors unanimously voted on the intent to merge the two organizations. The organization's officially merged on January 1, 2018 and renamed to North Marin Community Services. As a merged organization, we offer a multi-generational continuum of services, from infants to seniors, that focus on eliminating poverty and increasing overall well-being. We believe we are stronger together and better able to empower our community, and our combined services and continued guidance and resources help move even more children, individuals, and families forward toward a better future.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Soroptimist International

Chamber of Commerce

United Way Member Agency

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Financials

NORTH MARIN COMMUNITY SERVICES

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes