Program Quality & Fidelity to the YouthBuild Model

For all YouthBuild programs to help strengthen program quality and fidelity to the YouthBuild model, YouthBuild USA creates and delivers trainings, written resources, technical assistance, curriculum development know-how, data management and assessment, research and knowledge of best practices.

To ensure that affiliated YouthBuild programs represent the vision, mission, and quality standards of the network, YouthBuild USA in partnership with the leadership of its Affiliated Network, implements a licensing and affiliation process that ensures that the YouthBuild name represents integrity, transparency, effectiveness and highest quality.

First in 1992, and then every 4 to 5 years since, the Policy Council of the YouthBuild USA Affiliated Network has produced Program Design and Performance Standards that define the design elements of all program components and the outcome standards for YouthBuild programs.  The Policy Council is comprised of equal numbers of program directors, graduates, and YouthBuild USA senior staff.

Affiliates submit demographic and outcome data on a quarterly basis to YouthBuild USA.  They receive annual charts comparing their site’s performance to the rest of the field and work to achieve the standards.