Grant Writing Basics for Youth Work Programs

One of the biggest problems that face most youth programs is the lack of funds.  Whether it's a large organization, a small non-profit, government provision or a faith-based organization there just doesn't seem to be enough money to go around.  And the thought of grant writing can be very daunting for many youth workers.  I mean really, we do the program bit and it's a general … [Read more...]

How To Create A Logic Model – A Recap

How to create a logic model

Over the last few weeks, we've been detailing how to create a logic model for youth work and youth ministry programs. In case you missed any of those posts, we thought we'd offer a quick recap today of what we looked at. How To Create A Logic Model Part 1 - What Is A Logic Model? The first week, we explained what a logic model actually is - that it's a model you design … [Read more...]

Creating A Logic Model – Interventions And Programs

Logic model interventions programs

We’re continuing our series on how to create a logic model for your youth work programs – you can find the different parts of the series below: Part 1 – What Is A Logic Model? Part 2 – Identifying Problems & Behaviors Part 3 – Risk and Protective Factors Part 4 - This week Part 5 - A Recap Once you've identified the problems in your local area (including … [Read more...]

Creating A Logic Model – Risk And Protective Factors

Risk protective factors

We’re continuing our series on how to create a logic model for your youth work programs – you can find the different parts of the series below: Part 1 - What Is A Logic Model? Part 2 - Identifying Problems & Behaviors Part 3 - This week Part 4 - Interventions & Programs Part 5 - A Recap The key to all the stages of creating a logic model is research. … [Read more...]

What Is A Logic Model?

What Is A Logic Model

There may be times when you're asked by your line manager or donors to provide the reasons behind why you're running the programs that you do. And honestly, even if you aren't asked for them, it's always a good idea to know why you do what you do. Strategic planning can help that. One way you can do some strategic planning is through the creation of a basic logic … [Read more...]

How Can I Stop Forgetting Important Tasks?

Youth work reminders

Q: I keep finding myself forgetting to do important tasks and have missed the occasional meeting at work. What would you recommend for forgetful youth workers like me?! A: Personally, I 'd recommend using Google Calendar. It's a great tool to keep track of your schedule, no matter where you are. I find it to be far more useful and effective than using a paper-format … [Read more...]

How Much Should I Charge For A Youth Retreat?

Youth retreat cost

Q: How much should I charge for a youth retreat? Quite a lot of the young people I work with are from low-income families, so I don't want to set the price too high. I want to be sensitive to how much their parents can afford, but don't know the best way to address the issue with them. Can you help? A: Money is always a tricky subject, especially for activities that cost … [Read more...]

How To Use Charts and Graphs To Track Individual Youth Attendance

Youth attendance graphs and charts

Over the past few weeks we've been showing you the many ways in which you can use Excel - and subsequently the charts and graphs feature in Excel - to track youth attendance.  It's valuable for many reasons, but two main ones are for proving outcomes in monthly and annual reports and to provide quantitative data for potential or current funders and donors. Our final charts … [Read more...]

How To Create A Line Graph To Track Youth Attendance

Youth work line graphs

We're currently working our way through a series that shows you how to use Excel to track your youth work attendance and how to use bar graphs, pie charts and line graphs to create visuals of that data. These charts and graphs can be very useful in monthly and annual reports and when showing data to prospective donors. Today we're going to share with you the steps to … [Read more...]