NONPROFIT TRAININGS 2

Youth Forward builds the capacity of nonprofits by providing free technical assistance and trainings pertaining to all aspects of nonprofit management including grant applications, board planning, communications strategies, and much more.

If you have specific capacity-building questions, Youth Forward offers open office hours at YouthWorx on Main, where you are welcome to drop in and meet with us to discuss any questions you might have. For more information about open office hours, please contact Erik Valera at Erik@chcyouth.org.

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Upcoming Events

October Executive Director Roundtable: Create and Publish Your Organization’s Public Service Advertisement on the Radio

DATE AND TIME

Wed, October 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Radio PSAs have never been a more relevant way to reach your audience. Radio listening is up according to Nielsen data. AM/FM radio still reaches 93% of U.S. adults, 58% of all listening goes to just one station, the listener’s favorite and listening is consistent year-round with at least 5 days tuned in. This session, led by Chela Tu of WCHL and Margot Lester of The Word Factory, showcases the value of PSAs, offers an easy-to-use strategy for writing them, and offers detailed information on how they work.

Margot Carmichael Lester is a communications strategist and owner of The Word Factory. Over her 35-year career, she has helped organizations tell better stories and create influence to get results. Her agency’s nonprofit clients include The Recording Academy (producer of the GRAMMYs) and the North Carolina AIDS Action Network. Margot has served on many nonprofit boards, most recently for the PTA Thrift Shop, including the Chamber, Art Share Los Angeles and the Orange County Historical Museum.

Chela Tu is an account executive at WCHL, helping local nonprofits and businesses share their messages over the airwaves, via public service announcements, show sponsorships and advertising spots. Prior to joining The Hill, she held several positions at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, including vice president of membership where she was in charge of producing and promoting 90+ events each year.

Past Events

Build A Better Grant Series- Session #2: Evaluation Planning

DATE AND TIME

Thu, May 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Youth Forward will be partnering with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy to host a series of three free interactive sessions to help organizations Build a Better Grant.

In this second session, we will be creating an evaluation plan. What are you doing, how are you doing it, and is it working? Program planning and evaluation planning provides you with a wealth of data and other information on your program’s content and delivery, outcomes, and areas for improvement. You can use these data both for quality improvement and as evidence to support the value of your work to potential funders and others involved with your organization. A sound evaluation helps you to answer the following questions: What organizational support is needed to ensure adequate implementation? What are the outcomes at the organization, community, system, family, and/or individual levels? Can your organizations maintain these outcomes over time? Facilitatied exercises will assist participants in initial construction of evaluation plans for their works. If you sign up for this session, make sure that you register for the final session in the Build a Better Grant Series, the Grant Proposal Workshop.

Build A Better Grant Series- Session #1: Help! I Need a Logic Model!

DATE AND TIME

Thu, April 19, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Youth Forward will be partnering with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy to host a series of three free interactive sessions to help organizations Build a Better Grant.

In this first session, Logic Model Development, you will be building a roadmap for your work. To be competitive for funding, organizations must be able to present a clear roadmap for their work, including long-term goals, activities for accomplishing these goals, and benchmarks of success. A logic model can provide this roadmap, which then serves as a guide to program activities, funding requests, evaluation questions, and possible metrics to measure outcomes. This session will describe the key constructs of logic models. Facilitatied exercises will assist participants in initial construction of logic plans for their works. If you sign up for this session, make sure that you check out and register for the other two sessions in the Build a Better Grant Series, Evaluation Planning and the Grant Propsoal Workshop.

April Executive Director Roundtable: Evaluation

DATE AND TIME

Wed, April 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

This month’s Executive Director Roundtable is about how to better evaluate your organization and program. Our guest this month, Jeff Quinn, will be answering questions and discussing how to identify and collect the data needed to evaluate your success.

Jeff Quinn is the director of community resources for the Durham Connects program, first developed by the Center for Child and Family Policy. Quinn works and builds collaborations with non-profit and other agencies that provide services to parents and children in the Durham community and links them with the Durham Connects nursing team. In this role, he also serves as the co-chair of the Durham Connects Community Advisory Board as well as provides support to other community agencies. Quinn currently is also a co-investigator on the infrastructure- and capacity-building project with the Oak Foundation.

He previously worked at the Center as a project coordinator from 2004-2008, working on Fast Track, System of Care, and the Durham Family Initiative. Quinn has also done a lot of research in the realm of fatherhood and fathers’ unique impacts on child development.

B4U Write Skills Workshop

DATE AND TIME

Wed, April 11, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Discover how to beGrantwise with pre-application strategies to evaluate your organization’s capabilities for fundraising success. beGrantwise provides community-based, classroom format learning experiences to help you build grants knowledge and skills. In these interactive learning sessions, Sue Carson encourages learners to ask questions, network with peers, and share best practices for resource development strategies that fit your organization’s stage and unique community context. Learn to apply these pre-application skills, intentionally and consistently, for more effecient resource development work.

beGrantwise is a Chatham County, NC based consultant practive that helps nonprofits of all sizes and stages to navigate grant-seeking and grow philantropic partnerships collaboratively and creatively. Founder Sue Carson brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit program management, evaluation research, and resource development to her capacity building work. beGrantwise’s services menu includes Grant Writing & Seeking for nonprofits and collaboratives and bG Learning Workshops.

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CPA: Content-Purpose-Audience Template for Communication

DATE AND TIME

Thurs, March 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

Creating Relevant Content to Engage the Audience and Spread the Power of Your Ideas. You’ve got great ideas, but sometimes it’s hard to capture them effectively (or quickly) and convey them in a way that engages your audience. In this session, we review an easy-to-use strategy to capture the most valuable details, meet your audience’s information needs, and create strong calls to action. You complete the strategy for your own idea or topic, and use it to generate a short draft.

This session will be led by Margot Carmichael Lester, a communications strategist and journalist. She consults with executives, boards and organizations (such as The Recording Academy and Tufts University Medical Centers) and executives on community and public relations, advocacy and social responsibility, crisis communications, and staffing and capacity-building. She also owns The Word Factory, a content studio that produces brand journalism and content marketing for global companies like Staples, Philips Healthcare and Mimecast. Margothas served on the Orange County Human Relations Council, the Carrboro Local Living Economy Task Force, and The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (she also chaired its Economic Development & Public Policy Committee). A native of southern Orange County, she’s a graduate of both Chapel Hill High School and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Margot is married to national education advocate and learning strategist, Steve Peha.

What Does A Good Communication Strategy Look Like for Your Nonprofit?

DATE AND TIME

Wed, March 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

As a nonprofit, we all understand the challenges of getting media coverage with publicity that offers return on investment. We also agree that eight hours in a day and forty hours in a work week is not enough time for accomplishing all the things we need and expect from ourselves and our staff. Understanding what we want our end results to be and getting to that result are often times challenging. In this session, we will be exploring how to create a good communication strategy for our nonprofit. Please be prepared to discuss your organization’s approach to communications in one word.

This session will be led by Pat Richardson. She has worked in the nonprofit industry for over 13 years in communications, public relations, development and fundraising. She relocated here to Chapel Hill in 2005 after living in Washington, D.C. for 17 years raising two lovely children, John and Krissy. Pat recently joined the PTA Thrift Shop team at the end of December 2017 as their Director of Communications and Community Relations.

March Executive Director Roundtable: Grant Seeking

DATE AND TIME

Wed, March 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

YouthWorx on Main
117 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510

This month’s Executive Director Roundtable is about Grant Seeking. Our guest this month, Sue Carson, will be answering questions and discussing how to research, select, and cultivate grant funding.

Sue Carson founded beGrantwise to assist established and emerging nonprofits to navigate their grant-seeking confidently, collaboratively, and creatively. Based in Chatham County, NC she brings more than 20 years experience in program management, research, and resource development to her practice with clients in public and nonprofit settings statewide.