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What We Do
The Innovation Center brings and promotes a collaborative approach, as well as a focus on social justice, to youth leadership development.
Youth and Civic Engagement
Innovation Center consultants help communities engage youth, adults, and organizations to contribute to community development initiatives. Our youth and civic engagement work strengthens the field with research, documentation, and youth development strategies.
Authentic and successful youth engagement requires a shift in the mental models that both youth and adults have about each other. Learn more about how youth-adult partnerships can be a vehicle for this shift in thinking and promote real social change.
The Innovation Center approaches youth development with a commitmente to social justice, building relationships, and practical resources and training.
The Innovation Center learns by evaluating and reflecting on our work. We bring together the best practical tools for evaluating youth development outcomes to seek, test, and promote innovative methods for involving youth and community members in program evaluation processes.
The Innovation Center builds the capacity of organizations and their staff through training, technical assistance, networking, convening, and education. Our organizational development strategies help groups articulate guiding principles, implement strategic plans, manage staff transitions, and evaluate performance.
The Innovation Center partners with organizations to support community leaders and youth workers in all variations of community building - from work in inner cities to rural development and sustainability efforts.
The Innovation Center offers consulting services that help foundations, organizations and community groups design and launch new initiatives, manage implementation and evaluate impact. We work on projects of all sizes for clients that seek to maximize the social justice impact of their work.