Eleven major foundations have pledged to spend a total of nearly $200 million for efforts to help boys and young men of color succeed, in concert with President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
The current appetite for data is taking a bite out of some youth organizations. Nonprofits that serve youth are finding that funders — whether they are foundations or government agencies — want more figures that show an organization’s impact, and they want to see more specifics of who the program serves. Smaller nonprofits in particular face challenges in tracking and recording those numbers.
“It isn’t just youth organizations. It’s in arts organizations and other human service organizations,” said Steve Paprocki, president of Access Philanthropy, a national consulting firm that provides support for nonprofits and foundations.
“Funders are asking for very different kinds of things,” he said. Whether it’s return on investment or the number of people served, they’re wanting to know more.
For youth in detention (including post detention) the rate of completed suicide is two to four times higher, surpassing the rate of adults most at risk in the general population.
A teenager who first encountered the Neutral Zone for gay, lesbian and gender-questioning youth at 15 is now, two years later, on the board tasked with governing the center.