Ready by 21
GRUNDY COUNTY
Pilot Project Summary
Facilitators: Joan Leigh & Anita Young, Education Service Network
& Claudia Baird, Aunt Martha’s Youth Services Center
Technical Assistance: Felicia Roberson, Prevention First
Consultation: The Forum For Youth Investment
Rb21 Symposium, Chicago IL
• June 28, 2007
Ready by 21 is a trademark of the Forum for Youth
Investment, core operating division of Impact Strategies,
Inc.
www.forumfyi.org
The SCPA uses the Forum for Youth Investment’s Ready
by 21 ™ approach as the basis for its youth
development framework and related activities.
The Changing Face
of Grundy County
Youth Ages 5-17 in Grundy County
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Youth Population Ages 5 -17
By Census Block Group
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1 - 273
274 - 733
734 - 1203
1204 - 2220
2221-4501
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Why conduct a landscape mapping
survey for Grundy County?
• Readiness
• “Moving Train”
• Goals
- Assist Healthy Community
Steering Group with planned
assessment
- Provide youth-specific data
- Create a framework for
discussion and planning
- Help the county understand and
address critical issues pertaining
to youth
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Methodology
Development
• Adapted from long form
developed by the Forum for
Youth Investment
• Decided to look at the the entire
county, not just one community
• Survey tailored by ESN & Aunt
Martha’s with input from Healthy
Community Steering Group
• Survey was test run by Grundy
County Rb21 pilot team
• Rb21 framework & survey
promoted at local meetings
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Methodology
Dissemination
• Survey was mailed during first
week of April to list of 103
recipients identified as known or
possible youth service providers.
Deadline: April 25
• Survey was accompanied by letter
from Healthy Community Steering
Group
• After deadline, follow-up calls were
made to solicit survey return
• Telephone and in-person support
were given to respondents as
needed
Respondents
Survey Participation
To date, the Grundy County Rb21 survey team has received
and inputted responses from 65 programs.
Government Agencies
7 programs
Business Operations
4 programs
Community/Civic
6 programs
Schools
15 programs
Education/Training
1 program
Faith Organizations
3 programs
Nonprofit Organizations
18 programs
Workforce Providers
1 program
Other Organizations
10 programs
Respondents
Location of Non-School Youth
Many non-school
Providers
respondents serve
Grundy County from
outside of Grundy
County as part of a
larger service area.
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There is no higher
education institution
located in Grundy
County.
Outside Grundy County
In Grundy County
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Respondents
Program Size (# of Employees)
7%
0%
0-5
6-10
28%
11-50
50%
51-100
100+
15%
• Most of the organizations represented in the Grundy County
survey are small (29% had staffing of 0 to 5 people). Only 4%
had more than 100 staff members.
• 50% of programs had staff consisting of 5 or fewer people.
Ready by 21 Goal Areas
What goal areas does the program primarily address?
28%
Leading
72%
Connecting
Ready by
21
48%
Thriving
23%
Working
69%
Learning
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Percent
The most-cited goal area reported by Grundy County
programs was CONNECTING, followed closely by
LEARNING.
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Services, Supports &
Opportunities
Services, Supports & Opportuni
250
ti es—PRIMARY or
224
185
N u m b e r R e p o r tin g
200
175
149
140
150
100
70
84
63
49
50
50
0
Connecting
Contributing
Learning
Thriving
Working
Ready by 21 Goal Areas
Primary
Secondary
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Numbers of Youth Served
How many youth are served by age?
22-25
Ag e Ran g es
19-21
15-18
11-14
6-10
0-5
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
6000
Number of Youth
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What Time of Day Do Youth
Receive Services?
When Are Services Provided in a Youth's DAY?
In a Y o u th 's D a y
Evening
After School
Daytime for out of school
youth
During School Day
Before School
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
Percent
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
What Days of the Week Do Youth
Receive Services?
When are Services Provided in a
Youth's WEEK?
All Week
Weekends
M-F
0%
20%
40%
60%
Percent
80%
100%
What Times of the Year Do Youth
Receive Services?
When Are Services Provided in a
Youth's YEAR?
All Year
Summer
Holidays
School Year
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
For How Long Are the Youth
Services Provided?
How Long Are Services Per Session?
L e n g th
Ongoing
Long Over (5
hrs)
Medium (1-5
hrs)
Short (less
than 1 hr)
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
Percent
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
How Often Are Services
Available?
How often are services available?
Ongoing
Consistently
Occasionally
Once
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Where Are Services Delivered?
Percent
0%
10%
20%
30%
27%
Elementary School
14%
Faith Org
13%
Child Care Center
Private Facility
At a Mall
11%
2%
Workplace
13%
38%
L o c a tio n
Middle School
Park
2%
5%
Rec Center
5%
Clinic/Health Care Facility
Street (outreach)
Business venue
0%
2%
37%
High School
22%
Library
Community Center
Client Home
Other: Define
40%
8%
8%
22%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Service Setting
What settings are services provided in?
Both
Setting
67%
Group
27%
Individually
5%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Percent
Most Grundy County programs offer services in both individual and
group settings.
Languages
In what languages are services provided in?
Language
SPANISH
Other: Define
English
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
Percent
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Charges for Service
Are youth/families charged for services?
8%
Other: Define
Sliding Scale
Fees
Membership
No Charge
C h arg es
13%
35%
6%
67%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
Percent
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Publicizing Services
How are youth informed about services?
M e th o d s o f
C o m m u n ic a tin g
33%
62%
Other: Define
51%
Word of MouthProviders
Word of Mouth- Youth
52%
62%
Public Advertising
Fliers
64%
Info sessions
0%
20%
40%
60%
Percent
80%
100%
H ig h A cad em ic
Outcome
25
29
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C o n tr ib u tin g to
CONNECTING
C o m m u n ity L if e
40
C iv ically A ctiv e
9
F a m ily / F r ie n d s
22
S u p p o r tiv e
30
R ela tio n sh ip s w ith
26
N av ig a tio n S k ills
THRIVING
V alu in g D iv er s ity
T ea m w o r k
ab st in en ce
14
P r ac tic e "s af e r se x" o r
20
E n g ag e in R e g u lar
24
E xe r cise / H e alth y D iet
WORKING
P h y sica l S af e ty
D ev elo p m en t
P u r s u in g C ar ee r
21
to w ar d s W o r k
26
P o s itiv e A ttitu d es
20
E m p lo y ed / A ct iv ely
LEARNING
S ee kin g E m p lo y m en t
10
G E D C o m p le tio n
A ch iev em e n t
30
H ig h er A c ad em ic
50
M o tiv a tio n s/ A sp ir a tio n s
N u m b e r o f R e sp o n se s
Increasing Positive Outcomes
Dotted line at 20.8 shows average number of organizations that report working to
increase positive outcomes.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT INCREASE POSITIVE OUTCOMES
70
60
LEADING
28
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0
0
9
11
Outcome
G ang
10
8
8
H a te C rim e s
CONNECTING
V o te r A p a th y
B e h a v io r
25
A n tis o c ia l
19
P a rtic ip a tio n
THRIVING
V io le n c e
10
S u ic id e
9
STDs
P re g n a n c y
WORKING
E a rly
Abuse
30
S u b s ta n c e
H is to ry
10
P o o r W o rk
18
H a b its
LEARNING
P o o r W o rk
R e te n tio n
20
G rad e
O ut
40
S c h o o l D ro p
N um be r of R e sponse s
Decreasing Negative Outcomes
Dotted line at 14.8 shows average number of organizations that report working to
reduce negative outcomes.
ORGANIZATIONS THAT REDUCE NEGATIVE OUTCOMES
70
60
50
LEADING
22
25
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Measuring Success
How Organizations Measure Outcomes
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Other
M etho d
How do Grundy
County programs
show progress?
The chart at right
shows the ways
these
organizations
measure their
outcomes.
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Evaluation
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Surveys
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Anecdotal
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
Number of Organizations
45
50
55
60
65
Measuring Success
What Kind of Data Is Collected?
3
Other
25
Program Quality
D a ta T y p e
What kinds of
data do Grundy
County
organizations
collect? The chart
at left shows
what kind of
information is
recorded to
measure
progress.
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Program Outputs
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Outcome
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Count
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
Number of Organizations
50
55
60
65
Measuring Success
Keeping Count of Youth Engaged in
T r a c k in g M e t h o d
Program
Other
12
Number of
20
referrals
How many
36
youth
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
Number of Organizations
Most programs record attendance or participation
to track the number of youth engaged.
60
65
Measuring Success
How Much Are Youth Engaged?
T r a c k in g M e th o d
Other
12
Number of
15
repeat visitors
Number of times
8
collaborating
Number of times
28
participating
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
Number of Organizations
Grundy County programs look most at the number
of times youth participate and/or the number of
repeat visitors
65
Populations Targeted
35%
serve
specific
groups
65%
serve all
youth
Service Availability
Certain programs are limited to special groups, including
pregnant teens, youth from low-income families,
developmentally disabled, youth with emotional/behavioral
disorders, sexual assault victims, runaways, etc.
Populations Targeted
Special Youth Populations in Grundy County
Group
Limited English
Spanish
Other Language
Gender-specific
Male
Female
GLBQTT
Low income
Immigrant
Migrant
Homeless/transient
In Foster Care
Drop Out
Involved with Justice
Parents Incarcerated
Physical/Learning Disabilities
Teen Parents
Other
No. of Programs That Serve
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
5
0
0
3
3
1
4
1
4
4
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Improvements Needed
What is needed to expand/improve the program?
Percent
0%
10%
20%
40%
50%
Im p ro v e m e n ts /E x p a n s io n
80%
90%
3%
73%
Funding
13%
Training
42%
Staff
22%
Volunteers
22%
Equip.
10%
Meals/Snacks
3%
25%
Transport.
35%
Space
Other: Define
70%
23%
Collab.
Repair/Renov.
60%
17%
Publicity
Research/Eval
30%
7%
Nearly 3 out of 4 Grundy County Programs cite a need for funding and
over 40% require more staff to expand and/or improve their
programs.
100%
Improvements Needed
How many MORE youth could be served with those
improvements/expansions?
8%
10%
4%
10%
28%
8%
1-25
26-50
51-100
101-200
201-500
501-1000
1000+
28%
Over half of program respondents say they could serve 26
to 100 more youth as a result of needed improvements.
Improvements Needed
How many youth would be BETTER served with
those improvements/expansions?
8%
13%
8%
11%
1-25
26-50
51-100
101-200
201-500
501-1000
1000+
28%
15%
15%
28% of respondents said they could serve 26-50 youth
better with improvements to their program.
Collaboration
Are there partners that work with this program?
34%
6 6 % YES
Most Grundy County programs report partnering
with other organizations.
Collaboration
What is the focus of the partnership?
10%
Other: Define
3%
Coordinating Efforts
46%
Program Delivery
18%
Facilties/Operations Resources
15%
Training
38%
Info Sharing
5%
Research/Evaluation
23%
Staff/ Implementation
10%
Economic/ Community Development
23%
Publicity/Contacts
46%
Program Development
23%
Funding
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
Most partnerships are focused on program development,
program delivery, and/or the sharing of information.
90%
100%
Collaboration
Which groups does the program currently partner with?
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
NTTF Adolescent Interventions
Healthy Comm. Steering
43%
9%
GC Interagency Council
GC PADS
26%
9%
Morris Community Foundation
C & A LAN #49
38%
13%
13th Judicial Fam
28%
GC Teen Conference
Hispanic Latino Coalition
36%
11%
NTTF Strategic Network
Other: Define
50%
26%
11%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Collaboration
Which groups does the program hope to partner with?
0%
10%
20%
Healthy Comm. Steering
17%
GC Interagency Council
17%
8%
17%
Morris Commnunity Foundation
33%
C & A LAN #49
13th Judicial Fam
8%
33%
GC Teen Conference
17%
Hispanic Latino Coalition
13%
NTTF Strategic Network
Other: Define
40%
25%
NTTF Adolescent Interventions
GC PADS
30%
8%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Collaboration
Underage Drinking
Youth with Disabilities
Community Resources for Child Care
Centers
Issues
Identified for
New
Collaborations
Increasing Mental Health Services for
Youth
Support for Foster & Adopted Children &
Their Families
Need for More After-School Programs
Tobacco Prevention & Cessation for Youth
Gangs
Child Find for Special Education
Are Grundy County
Programs Positioned
to Help Youth Be
Ready by 21?
NEGATIVES
• Very rapid growth and
demographic changes are
bringing challenges to providers
• Many youth providers are
serving Grundy County from
outside the county and therefore
are not as strongly connected as
local providers
• Long-time norm of low
educational attainment in the
county
POSITIVES
• A variety of programs are
already serving Grundy County
youth
• Most of these programs are
already involved in partnerships
and/or desire to get involved
• There is willingness to work
together on projects
•There is a strong sense that
Grundy County needs to do
more to prepare for the future
Where Do We Go
From Here?
• Meet with key stakeholders from Healthy Community
Steering Group (Kitchen Cabinet) to share data
• Adjust presentation based on Steering Group input
• Make presentation to entire Steering Group
• Challenge Steering Group to use Rb21 planning
framework to build on what has been learned so far
and help all Grundy County youth to be ready for
college, work and life.
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