Capacity

Providing no-cost quality consulting for youth-serving programs and initiatives across the Carolinas and beyond.

Our Services

 

Youth Mentoring Collaborative provides fee-for and no-cost consulting services to any initiative that serves young people. Our services support the overall youth services ecosystem by building practitioners' and organizations' capacities to meet their mission. This includes providing training, resources, public awareness, and advocacy that supports the expansion of mentoring initiatives.

What does capacity building mean?

We like the National Council of Nonprofits' definition as outlined below:

Capacity building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.

Research shows that by committing to quality improvements, programs can nurture stronger, longer lasting mentoring relationships. Through no-cost program consultation, Youth Mentoring Collaborative works with well-established, newly-developing programs, and those in between to improve their quality and impact.

How YMC Can Help

Below, find a sampling of program planning and design topics that can be focused on through our no-cost consultation.

  • Reviewing the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
  • Conducting a needs assessment
  • Developing or enhancing a logic model or theory of change
  • Crafting a mission statement and developing program goals
  • Developing expected program outcomes linked to program design
  • Defining the parameters of your program
  • Reviewing the relevant research related to your program model/service population
  • Determining the nature of match sessions
  • Developing or reviewing written policies and procedures
  • Planning for a program expansion or other major change
  • Changing or integrating mentoring models
  • Incorporating youth voice and leadership into program design and structure
  • Incorporating trauma-informed care and culturally competent mentoring frameworks into program design and structure 

Additional topics of focus are available upon request.

Below, find a sampling of program management topics that can be focused on through no-cost consultation.

  • Developing a staffing model, or planning for a staff transition
  • Developing an advisory board that reflects the community you are serving
  • Developing systems for managing program information
  • Crafting a resource development plan
  • Developing a marketing plan and materials
  • Develop a plan for ongoing staff development and training
  • Reviewing best practices for nonprofit management and incorporation
  • Incorporating youth voice and leadership through development of a youth advisory board
  • Conducting an equity audit for your mentoring program
  • Reviewing program materials for strengths-based language
  • Training program staff on how to use the Mentoring Connector mentor recruitment tool

Additional topics of focus are available upon request.

Below, find a sampling of program operations topics that can be focused on through technical assistance consultation.

  • Reviewing the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
  • Reviewing the relevant research related to your program model/service population
  • Developing or enhancing a mentor or mentee recruitment plan
  • Developing or enhancing processes for safe and inclusive mentor and/or mentee screening
  • Developing or enhancing a program orientation for mentors, mentees, and families
  • Developing or enhancing a pre-match training for mentors and/or mentees
  • Developing or enhancing materials for ongoing mentor and/or mentee training sessions
  • Developing or enhancing a manual for mentors, mentees, and/or families
  • Developing or enhancing processes for effective and culturally responsive matching
  • Planning for match initiation
  • Developing or enhancing program curriculum
  • Developing or enhancing a plan for family engagement
  • Developing or enhancing processes for effective monitoring and support of matches
  • Developing or enhancing a plan for match recognition
  • Developing or enhancing processes for planned and unintended match closure

Additional topics of focus are available upon request.

Below, find a sampling of program evaluation topics that can be focused on through technical assistance consultation. 

  • Developing or enhancing a process evaluation plan to measure effectiveness of program processes
  • Developing or enhancing an outcome evaluation plan to measure effectiveness of program at reaching expected outcomes
  • Reviewing available evidence-based tools and resources for program evaluation
  • Developing or enhancing a logic model and/or theory of change
  • Linking program design to expected program outcomes
  • Developing or enhancing a process for conducting exit surveys and interviews among mentors, mentees, and families
  • Developing or enhancing customized evaluation tools (including surveys and scoring tools)
  • Staff training on how to use evaluation tools
  • Analyzing and creating a plan for improvement based on evaluation results
  • Communicating evaluation outcomes to stakeholders
  • Staff training on program evaluation 

Additional topics of focus are available upon request.

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Applying for No-Cost Consulting

  1. Click the button below to access the Google Form application. It should take 20 minutes or less to complete.
  2. Complete an intake call to clarify project deliverables and craft a Memorandum of Understanding. Click here to see what our MOU looks like.
  3. Begin work within 7-10 business days with one of our consultants.

[Working with YMC has been] Transformative. We're significantly clearer on our desired outcomes and how to measure and report on our progress toward those outcomes.

Derek Rhodes, Durham Success Summit
Derek Rhodes, Durham Success Summit

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