At the offices of Kirkland and Ellis in Manhattan, Youth INC and News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) kicked off the year with a Partner Network Town Hall that shared a new cutting edge manual for youth development practitioners “The Art & Science of Effective Youth Programs.” This practical guide was created based on findings from a large-scale, national collective impact study conducted by Algorhythm, with the support of Youth INC and News Corp, and highlights four key drivers of success: effective youth engagement, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, coaching youth through goal management, and staff engagement.


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Through our Youth Development Impact Learning System (YDiLS), Algorhythm mined data from 27 organizations, 80 programs and more than 3,000 youth, using cutting-edge predictive and prescriptive analytics to understand the various recipes that predict a youth’s success in out-of-school programs. The analysis revealed something truly exciting: thirteen amazing programs were significantly outperforming their peers—with twice the outcome gains in social emotional learning. “The Art & Science of Effective Youth Programs” details the data-driven practice driving these gains and illustrates practical examples from four case study organizations. The guide provides youth-serving organizations with practical data-driven tips and strategies for program improvement.

Youth INC’s Chief Program Officer Katrina Huffman shared that, “Youth INC was excited to join their philanthropic champion, News Corp, to support an inquiry that was part of a national collective impact study on the power of positive youth development approaches.”

This study and the supporting guide reveals that — while strong activities and curricula (“what” we do) make a difference — it’s really “how” we do youth development that drives impact. How we build relationships with youth, how we value their experience, how we learn about their interests, how we inspire them to pursue goals. These are the artful practices that ultimately support youth to become leaders, in programs and beyond.

“Our commitment to the community is driven by the same values that inspire our business: a determination to be passionate, principled, and purposeful in all that we do,” said Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “We are also a company known for charting new courses and that spirit motivates our work with non-profit organizations as we look for the pioneers, the innovators, the risk-takers who want to create change on behalf of those in need.”


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