Post newsgroup Publication
www.postnewsgroup.com Weekly Edition Sept. 21-27, 2011 48th Year, No. 12
Non Profit Pointers
Youth Nonprofits Are Growing, Are They Effective?
By Lenora Williams
It’s time to think outside of the box! Our youth are smart, ready for fresh perspectives, and a lot more of our time and support for their ideas. Many youth nonprofits have funds without young people( youth) to fill the programs. Others have youth with ideas,but limited funds to expand programs that will ignite their creativity.
Is everything in place? Government agencies have created youth programs and dedicated funding. Are these government programs thoroughly addressing the needs of our youth?
All youth government and nonprofit programs regardless of their funding source need to be annually assessed for their impact on our communities. Perhaps our youth should weigh in on how well they are being served? If youth–on-youth crime is an indicator, are there more youth that need community based programs than there are nonprofit groups meeting their needs?
What is the responsibility of today’s youth nonprofits? How can we offer more services to our youth while facing
dwindling funds in an extraordinarily tough economy? There are volumes of youth nonprofits,which reflect a variety of programs and venues; churches, charter schools, health clinics,sports, music, arts, judicial, theater, etc. In 1990, the United States as reported by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) had over 17,000youth nonprofit organizations,in 2009, the NCCS indicated that there are 1.5 million youth nonprofit organizations in the United States. Today we have churches forming grant funded nonprofits serving both faith based and street corner youth programs.
We have charter schools forming nonprofits trying to fix our failing urban school systems. Music, art, and theater programs continue to be cut from inner city public schools.These programs were the cornerstone of our existence beyond the traditional classroom learning. Charter schools are trying to step up to the plate but with limited resources. Their marketing budgets are lean and in most cases, their outreach produces fewer recruits than desired. Like many of our youth nonprofits, charter schools tend to be great institutions with low enrollment and awesome success stories. Our youth are still in sub-standard learning environments, and they have fewer goals and dreams.
By collaborating with schools some nonprofits provide the services and programs that our schools have eliminated, but we still need more. For more information on nonprofit sustainability, and, youth funding sources, please go to my website www.williamsllnonprofitcorner.com.
Take the youth nonprofit survey Part 1 & 2 posted on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Williamsllpostnonprofitcorner/132836066768629 and win top billing in a newspaper article featuring your nonprofit.