Promising Practices in Youth Development

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From 2012 to 2014, SPR had the privilege of evaluating the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) programming for youth leadership development and youth workforce development. DCYF contracted with SPR to assess program quality and performance and to determine the influence of DYCF’s investments on youth’s readiness to learn and their success in school. The following reports highlight the findings from these evaluations.

Evaluation of DCYF’s Specialized Teen, Youth-Led Philanthropy, and Youth-Led Organizing Programming

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DCYF provides funding to Specialized Teen and Youth Empowerment Programs to positively engage teenagers and support their transition to healthy adulthood. This annual report summary focuses on the performance, quality, and outcomes of DCYF’s Teen programs. Data were drawn from DCYF’s youth survey and Contract Management System (CMS), interviews with 11 program directors and staff, and 4 focus groups with youth.

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This research brief summarizes key themes surfaced by youth and staff at three DCYF programs that serve English learners. During FY2013-2014, over 90% of youth served by these programs were not fluent or somewhat fluent in English. The report identifies unique characteristics of these programs and how they support English learners as well as identifies additional needs of EL youth and highlights key resources for EL youth in San Francisco.

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Evaluation of DCYF’s Youth Workforce Development (YWD) Programming

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This report documents the outcomes of high school youth participating in more than 30 school-based programs in San Francisco. SPR assessed youth employment and educational outcomes using client data systems and academic data from the San Francisco Unified School District.

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