In an effort to better understand the different programs and interventions that are currently offered across New Orleans, the YouthShift Steering Committee designed and surveyed organizations on what “solutions” or activities they were currently conducting that aligned with a YouthShift priority area. A “solution” is defined as “any program, activity or initiative” operated by an organization. A single organization might offer multiple “solutions” (e.g. YMCA offering sports and leadership programming).
The survey aimed to gather information on the priority focus or local condition the solution addresses, the strategy it employs, the age group and/or sub-population(s) it serves, and where it was located. In addition, the survey also queried whether the intervention has measurable outcomes, how many youth a year it serves, whether it engages partners to serve youth, and if it is operating at capacity.
The survey was distributed online to hundreds of youth-serving organizations. As of August 2015, 188 responses were received.
Solutions & Priority Areas
The 6 YouthShift Priority areas were well represented across the 188 responses received to date.
Solutions & Partnerships
The majority of respondents indicated that they do not partner with other organizations / programs to make their solution(s) function on a day-to-day basis. This is a key indicator that there is a lack of connection between the available resources for youth.
Solutions & Capacity
The majority of respondents indicated that that they are not operating at capacity for a number of reasons
*Definition for capacity was not provided in the survey.