Read the report here.
The individual stories of teens’ triumphs in the face of adversity are the “mission moments” that keep us going day to day. However, we are committed to an impact larger than improving just the individual lives of the teens we serve. We seek to create a ripple effect, expanding our reach to positively impact the lives of teens, their families and their communities as a whole. We seek systemic change to foster communities where everyone is expected and supported to thrive in life, work and learning.
As a growing, learning organization, Wyman staff members lend their voice to an ongoing dialogue around youth development among community leaders and policy makers. We are emerging as national experts in managed, evidence-based program replication. Wyman is being sought out and brought to the table at many levels to provide insight and leadership regarding policy and practices for supporting positive youth development; replication of evidence-based practices at scale with fidelity; and public/private funding strategies to produce solutions to systemic problems.
Some highlights of 2011 include:
- We took some big steps towards ensuring more teens are reached with quality programming, more policy-makers and community members are advocating on their behalf, and that young people continue to see positive results as they work towards a successful future.
- Our National Network grew to 39 partners in 2011, providing Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® to teens in 29 states and D.C. As we close in on our first full year of faithful program replication, we are continually learning and adapting to best serve the most teens.
- We completed our capital campaign to begin construction of the S. Lee Kling Hall of Teen Leadership and Service to honor our late chairman S. Lee Kling.
- By focusing on our education and advocacy efforts, we updated our website and now offer original content and linked articles, research and advice to teens, parents, practitioners & community leaders through the “Engage and Learn” section.