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partnerships are hard work. Organizational structures, systems,
and processes are often built around the needs of adults, not
youth. Youth Infusion helps government agencies and youth-serving
organizations shift from simply providing youth services to
actively engaging youth in programmatic and policy-making
analyzing the structure of organizations, establishing youth-adult
workgroups and advisory boards, training youth and adults in
cooperative decision-making, and updating institutional cultures,
Youth Infusion enhances an organizationís capacity to meet its
youth-related mission and goals.
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- Our Clients
• Governmental Agencies:
Youth Infusion works with local, state, and federal governmental
agencies to integrate youth into advisory board structures
and workgroups. Youth Infusion provides trainings and facilitates
meetings to help ensure that youths’ ideas are heard
and incorporated into decision-making processes. We have
experience working within each level of government and understand
the unique environment in which youth are placed.
• Non-Profits: Youth Infusion provides
consultation services to any non-profit organization with
an adolescent health or youth development focus. We analyze
an organization’s mission and vision and help to realize
that mission/vision by bringing the youth “target
audience” to the table as active decision-making partners.
• Professional Organizations:
Professional organizations supporting individuals who work
with young people can benefit from hearing from and working with
the youth that they serve. Youth Infusion helps professional
organizations plan and facilitate conferences with youth
and include youth in programmatic and policy decision-making
• Schools: Youth Infusion works with
schools and school districts to give students an active voice in hiring
decisions, curriculum development, school design, and policy-making processes.
• Youth: Not only is Youth Infusion
organization youth-run, but we always work with diverse
groups of youth to develop our materials and write our curricula.
All youth who we recruit to sit on youth advisory boards
and workgroups receive specialized training.
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We serve organizations that value youth voice, but do not yet know how to meaningfully engage
youth. We provide step-by-step 'how-to' guidance tailored to
meet the particular needs, opportunities, and constraints of each
organization with whom we work.
Our consulting service consists of five primary components: (1)
The Preliminary Evaluation, (2) The Strategic Plan, (3) Trainings,
(4) Meeting Facilitation, and (5) Evaluation.
Infusion Consulting Services
Preliminary Evaluation: Youth Infusion interviews
the organization’s directors, staff members, and current
board members to map out the services and programs which
currently involve or target youth. This is typically a month-long
process which results in an appreciative inquiry of the
organization’s strengths and identifies areas where
youth and adults could better work together to further the
organization’s mission and goals.
Strategic Plan: Youth Infusion specifically
outlines how youth could be infused into the organizationís
decision-making structure and program development/evaluation
processes. We compile a series of recommendations and
action-steps for the organization to take, and work to build a
case within the organization for long-term, incremental
Trainings: Youth Infusion provides trainings to
adults and youth on such topics as (1) Organizational structure
and hierarchy, (2) Perceptions of youth and adults, (3)
Youth roles, (4) Youth advisory board/project design, (5)
Youth recruitment, (6) Youth-adult goal setting and planning,
(7) Youth advocacy and media awareness (8) Logistics of
working with youth, and (9) Youth-adult conflict resolution.
Our trainings are customized to fit the needs of each particular
Facilitation: We understand both the challenges
and rewards of bringing youth to the decision-making table.
To help teach youth and adults how to partner with each
other, we facilitate meetings and workgroups and help to
plan conferences. We also produce a “youth-adult partnerships
trouble-shooting guide” for organizations.
Evaluation: We are committed to assessing how well
we help your organization involve and integrate youth. We
continually monitor our own progress and adjust our trainings
and tools as needed.
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We understand that youth-serving organizations
want to spend their resources on front-line service to young
people, not on infrastructure development and administration. That
is why Youth Infusion offers a flexible, sliding scale for our
services. Nearly half of our work is pro-bono, as long as our
travel costs are met. And the other half of our services are
provided well below market rates. Check out our
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Hear what organizations we have worked with say
about our services:
of the world that we live in today, youth have to
be excited and made to feel a part of the solution.
As an employee of the largest volunteer health organization
in the country, I personally would utilize [[Youth
Infusion’s] research to help me recruit, train
and retain youth as active members of our organization."
Amy Hoge, American Cancer Society,
Austin Metro Region
|1. American Cancer Society
Youth Infusion helped to develop a youth-initiated tobacco
prevention program and organized a 300-attendee conference
addressing community-wide approaches to ending youth tobacco
2. Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning
Youth Infusion provided advocacy training to middle school
students involved in the YELL program. Through our trainings,
participants learned to identify community challenges and
to generate strategies for addressing these problems at the
|3. Upward Bound
Youth Infusion led five youth advocacy workshops and
inspired students to utilize their school board and city
government structures to voice ideas and concerns.
4. Rhode Island Department of Health
Infusion was hired by the Rhode Island Department of Health to
develop a sustainable youth engagement model. We proposed an
action research model, and helped the Rhode Island Department
of Health hire nine youth to serve as action researchers and
youth advocates. Youth learn how to conduct research in their
schools and communities and then partner with adults to use
that research as a concrete, evidence-based tool for change.
"Youth [in our
program], though initially excited about improving
their communities, felt frustrated when their goals
they developed became too far-reaching and they weren’t
able to see an immediate impact. Drawing on personal
experiences as well professional knowledge of community
youth development, [Youth Infusion] was able to move
the group of 20 middle schoolers from identifying
a myriad of community problems to focusing their concerns
on one of those issues and then developing strategies
to address it at multiple levels."
Maria Fernandez, YELL at
the John Gardner
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If your organization is interested in scheduling a
consultation, please fill out our
Email Contact Form! We want
to hear from you.
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