YEN Quality Improvement Initiative

For the last decade, Project RISE has been providing assessment, training, and onsite support for afterschool providers serving children and youth of all ages. Starting 2015, we are extending our services to include all Youth Enrichment (YEN) Providers! 


A new year brings new opportunities to communicate and network with other YEN providers. Introducing…The YEN Peer Sharing Discussion Board! This discussion board is brought to you by the YDAC. Use it to share events, best practices, challenges, or thoughts that might be of interest to other YEN providers. Click here for more information and instructions to participate.

YEN YPQA Kickoff & PQA Basics Training

The Children's Trust hosted a YEN Kickoff on July 11, 2016 and a YEN YPQA Basics Training on August 1, 2016.  A representative from The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality led the group through:

  • Learning about the youth program quality construct,
  • Learning what the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) is,
  • Learning the basic steps of the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), and
  • The next steps of the YPQI
To access the PowerPoint presentation and an online version of the YPQA Basics training, please visit our YPQA page.

YEN Provider Networking Meeting

Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant, Urgent Inc, facilitates a small group at a
Youth Enrichment (YEN) Provider Networking Meeting.

Youth development studies tell us that quality out-of-school time programming offers middle and high school youth opportunities to learn new life and work skills, strengthen academic skills, and develop supportive relationships with adults. They also tell us that getting these young people—who, unlike small children, are rarely required by parents to participate in programs—through the program's door is not always easy. That's why The Children's Trust-funded YEN providers planned and facilitated a networking meeting held at Nova Southeastern University's North Miami Campus on May 12, 2016. (second paragraph) During the 2015-16 school year, the Youth Development Advisory Committee (YDAC) noted the shared struggle of recruiting and retaining youth in their programs, but also identified their successes in this area as well. To ensure that all providers had the opportunity to share what works and what doesn't, 46 providers and partners participated in the first YEN Provider Networking Meeting. The results included connecting:

  1. programs with waiting lists to share with those with low enrollment
  2. programs with similar themes
  3. staff to share contacts and resources

Click here to download the solutions that were generated at the networking meeting.

The YEN providers also asked The Children's Trust for some further guidance on how to include stipends and incentives in their programs. Click here to download the “Tips for Including Stipends and Incentives in your YEN Program's Budget”

Youth Development Advisory Committee (YDAC)

The Youth Development Advisory Committee is a group of YEN providers who meet quarterly to tackle issues that are important to providers serving middle and high school-aged youth. The 2017-18 members include:

  • Ivy Bennett, Arts for Learning
  • Shedia Nelson, Urgent, Inc.
  • Dawn Bichachi, The Advocacy Network on Disabilities' All Children Together
  • Farlond Alexis, Gang Alternative
  • Anna Dilernia, The Children's Trust
  • Irene Farinas, Adults Mankind Organization, Inc.
  • Gary Francis, Touching Miami with Love
  • Karla Gottlieb, Opa-locka Community Development Corp
  • Crystal Hayes, OIC-SFL
  • Rick Hernandez, Boys & Girls Club
  • Samantha Isaacs, Boys & Girls Club
  • Diana Lores, Project RISE
  • Stephanie Martino, Florida Film Institute
  • Luis Pagan, Branches, Inc.
  • Ana Someillan, Adults Mankind Organization, Inc.

The YDAC has assisted in the development of the YEN Provider Survey and hosting the YEN Networking Meeting.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Diana Lores, Associate Director of Youth Development, at

Members are asked to commit to: 

  1. Meeting quarterly in person, by phone, or online for one year
  2. Working collaboratively with Project RISE staff and other YDAC members
  3. Offering the YEN Providers' point-of-view to inform important decisions

YEN Provider Survey 2016-17

In October 2016, the YDAC surveyed YEN providers to check in on how things were going and to ask how the YDAC can assist them this year.  The results of the survey showed that:

  • Approximately 40% of providers reported that recruitment and retention efforts were at least "somewhat easier" as compared to last year.
  • Approximately 90% of providers reported that the strategies implemented by the YDAC last year were at least "somewhat helpful."
  • Providers seemed to be most interested in the YDAC providing written tips on YPQA strategies and family engagement. 

YEN Provider Survey 2015-16

In December 2015, Project RISE, with collaboration from CCDH's All Children Together (ACT) project, conducted an online survey of YEN providers funded by The Children's Trust to assess their areas of need for capacity building. Download a copy of the report to read the results of survey!

Quality Tips for Quality Programs

Quality Tips for Quality Programs (QTQP) is a series of short tips created by the Youth Development Advisory Committee (YDAC) for YEN programs to consider. YPQA Helpful Hints are designed to help programs score better on the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) one item at a time.

YPQA Helpful Hints

Other Quality Tips for Quality Programs

Click here to learn more about the YEN onsite assessment tool being used this year.

Upcoming Trainings
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to see training descriptions, locations, dates and times for Maze, PACER, or other YEN-specific trainings.

Request Materials
Click here if you need to request materials for Maze or PACER.

Youth Development
Youth Development Articles
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to access articles about Youth Development including "Engaging Older Youths"

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