The Community Art Center
The Community Art Center (CAC) is one of the longest-standing members of the Agenda for Children's OST Coalition. Engaged with the CoPs and many network gatherings, the CAC has also used the tools of the Quality Improvement System to inform and support their strategic plan - exemplifying how work with the Agenda for Children can be woven into the fabric of an organization's mission and growth. Most recently, CAC afterschool staff identified a seemingly intractable problem in their management of challenging behaviors. With the help of their Coach and the Quality Improvement System, staff were able to design and implement new program practices and strengthen their culture of quality, resulting in drastic program improvements that were powered by frontline staff and supported by the organization's leadership. The CAC represents a great example of how a community-based non-profit organization can partner with the Agenda for Children, utilize multiple services, and empower staff members at all levels to lead efforts toward increased quality.
Gately Youth Center
The Gately Youth Center is one of multiple Department of Human Service Program centers targeting older youth. Gately’s preteen and middle school programs have been involved with the Agenda for Children’s work for a number of years. Gately staff bravely take advantage of and participate in everything they can – coaching, self-assessment and evaluation, Communities of Practice, the Middle School Network, and the Family Engagement Project. They are a “yes” team committed both to excelling with the youth inside their programs and with learning from and sharing with the community at-large. Things at the Gately are not static; they consistently try new approaches and innovative practices, one of which, an innovative behavior support system, has been shared at multiple national conferences. Most importantly, youth attending the Gately Youth Center walk in free to be themselves, to be playful or sad, energized or sullen. Each one is seen, recognized, respected and also challenged to be and do their best.
Agassiz Baldwin Community (ABC) Afterschool Program
The Agassiz Baldwin Community's 1st-5th Grade Afterschool Program has been involved with the Agenda for Children for more than five years. Maria LaPage, the current Director of Children's Programs, began her work there on the front lines of the afterschool program and attended the Front Line CoP while her program engaged in the Quality Improvement System. Over the years, Maria was promoted to site supervisor of the afterschool and summer programs, at which time she attended the Staff Leaders CoP; then to her current Senior Director position, for which she attends the Quality Stewards CoP. She sites the support of these CoPs as central to her success at all stages of her career. The programs under Maria's leadership are highly engaged in the Quality Improvement System, working with a Quality Coach and attending CoPs at all levels. The Agassiz-Baldwin's teen employment program is represented at Middle School Network meetings and Maria and her staff attend the annual OST Symposium. The Agassiz-Baldwin's commitment to quality and belief in continuous learning has resulted in amazing program growth and development over the years.