Youth In Need staff work day in and day out, doing the challenging work of helping children, youth and families in so many different ways, through education, counseling, case management, street-based outreach….the list goes on and on. You see the impact directly, in the eyes of a child who is happy to come to school…in the laugh of a teen who gets a taste of normality…and in the tears of joy when a foster child is adopted.
The data we collect on outcomes and utilization also tells a story, a powerful story about the impact not only on those individuals, but the collective results of your incredible work. Please take a moment and review some of the year-end highlights from a very successful 2014:
- YIN provided services to 13,346 children and youth, an 11 percent increase from 2013.
- We received formal feedback from 3,086 program youth, parents & guardians with a 95 percent overall satisfaction rate.
- Over 3,800 children and youth received clinical services in the Counseling program, which exceeded targets for improved well-being and school engagement/performance.
- Transitional Living Program youth transitioning to independence upon discharge met the goal in 4th quarter with three youth successfully transitioning out of the program to independence!
- The Street Outreach team transitioned 306 youth to safety, which exceeds the goal by more than 100 youth.
- The Shelter served 239 youth, with 92 percent discharging as scheduled.
- 250 youth utilized a Safe Place.
- 191 teen parents were served; 100 percent had healthy pregnancies and 87 percent stayed in school!
- The foster care team found "forever families" for 37 children and youth this past contract year, which exceeded the goal by 10 children/youth!
- And last but certainly not least, 90 percent of Head Start children met or exceeded goals for school readiness, which is just phenomenal!
Wherever you fit in this picture, either as a frontline staff, a manager, or one of the many administrative people who provide essential support, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on these results and pat yourself on the back for a job very well done!