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Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development Launches New Website
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Site contains free downloadable toolkits, research, and programming resources
-- Users can read and participate in blogs and interactive communities--
Takoma Park, MD, December 8, 2008 – The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development has launched a new, user-friendly website – www.theinnovationcenter.org -- that offers readily available resources and interactive features to help foundations, youth organizations and community groups create and run social justice-oriented youth programs.
Available online today, the website serves as a go-to source for the Innovation Center’s youth leadership and social justice programming. It includes resources on program development, evaluation and youth-adult partnership. The Innovation Center has worked in partnership with a wide range of communities to conceive and implement programs that link youth leadership and social justice, and the new website shares many of the successful strategies.
“The Innovation Center’s new website is a portal for supporting social justice and generating social change in a way that’s good for young people and good for communities,” said Wendy Wheeler, founder and president of the Innovation Center. “This website offers practical tools to help national youth organizations as well as local, on-the-ground groups be better able to achieve their goals.”
A Go-To Space for Youth Leadership
Visitors to the site can join the discussion at Wendy Wheeler’s new blog (www.theinnovationcenter.org/blog) in which she shares expertise and ideas derived from more than 20 years in the field of youth, community, and organizational development. Throughout her career, Ms. Wheeler has worked to build dynamic and effective programs for young people and to create a fair and just world. As founder and president of the Innovation Center, she seeks out, nurtures and brings to scale exceptional strategies to support young people, strengthen communities and promote social justice.
“We want our work to be available to the public at large,” said Ms. Wheeler. “The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development exists for the benefit of communities, and we are excited to provide a place where all professionals involved in youth development can share ideas and interact with each other,” she added.
The Innovation Center continues to offer, free of charge, its downloadable catalog of products and services. Print copies of most tool kits and publications can also be ordered for a fee. Of interest to individuals, foundations, community organizations, academics and policy makers, the materials are designed to strengthen work with young people and their communities. Individual, customized consultancy tailored to an organization’s unique needs can be contracted upon request. Services include leadership training, research, programming, and program evaluation.
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