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Youth Serving Organizations

YPQI is the only regional quality improvement process being implemented throughout the Richmond community. Becoming part of the next cohort gives an organization access to the entire process while also connecting staff with the broader youth development professional learning community. Participants receive data on their program, as well as regional and national comparative data, and more than 15 trainings.

Youth Development Professionals

For professionals who have spent their careers committed to serving youth during out-of-school time, the YPQI program is a good fit to provide expertise and service as an external assessor or quality coach for the region. YPQI administrators recruit experts and leaders in the field to join our team for annual participation.

Faculty

Richmond YPQI is looking to partner with VCU faculty in the following capacities:

  • Service-Learning course: Connect students with meaningful volunteer service opportunities while further equipping participating organizations. Courses that would be a good fit can fall under education, statistics and/or human services research.
  • Research project through skills based-volunteering: Help create an independent study course for students or consider Richmond YPQI as a community- engaged research opportunity connecting youth outcomes and program quality.

YPQI is implemented in 29 other region-wide networks across the country and more than seven state-wide networks. Research and publications could spark national interest.

Students

Richmond YPQI offers access to youth development organizations throughout the region. For students looking to work with youth in any capacity, volunteering with Richmond YPQI can provide valuable experience and exposure to this growing field.

To become involved in any capacity, contact Shekinah Mitchell at sdmitchell@vcu.edu for more information.