CES Spotlight blogs posts shine a light on youth sector programs and initiatives in Ontario that are undertaking an evaluation journey in collaboration with YouthREX’s Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) at one of our regional hubs across Ontario. The blog posts describe the programs and initiatives and how evaluation support their objectives to improve youth wellbeing.

In Winter 2016, United Way Sudbury & Nipissing Districts began an evaluation journey with our Northeastern Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

United Way Sudbury & Nipissing Districts
Young Leaders on Board

Youth living in rural and remote communities

Education, Training & Apprenticeships

Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership

January 2016

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United Way/Centraide received its charitable registration number and began its first campaign in the Sudbury District in 1982. In January 2012, thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way was able to open an office and hire a full time Community Capacity Coordinator in North Bay to further provide services to the Nipissing District.

The United Way’s mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The organization supports the social service sector in communities through training, funding and partnership building.

The purpose of the Young Leaders on Board Program is to enable young adults, aged 20-35, to serve on boards of directors of nonprofit organizations as interns. The program provides both this experiential component as well as in-class training.

“We’re trying to involve young people, have their voices at the table.”

– United Way, Sudbury & Nipissing Districts

With the Young Leaders on Board program, the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts offer training workshops, help youth gain network experiences, and allow youth to influence how decisions are made and make a difference themselves.

“We are seeking an independent study on the effectiveness of the program. We hope to use this evidence based material in order to market the program to other communities in our catchment area – Espanola, North Bay, Parry Sound and other small communities that have local boards.”

– United Way, Sudbury & Nipissing Districts

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

In the past, the United Way of Sudbury & Nipissing had evaluated the success of their program based solely on the number of program graduates who went on to serve on boards of directors. However, they felt they were not capturing other benefits to the participants, such as networking, leadership development and negotiation.

Currently, the United Way of Sudbury & Nipissing Districts is in Step 05: Analyzing, Interpreting and Animating Evidence of the Action phase of our Evaluation Framework for Youth Wellbeing. 

“Youth will be given a pre and post survey to evaluate their progress. As well, the youth are open to focus groups, interviews, etc.”

– United Way, Sudbury & Nipissing Districts

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