Presentation on theme: " MISSION HISTORY … to create a safe space … cultivate values of Respect, Diversity, Social Justice, and Youth Leadership … build a strong, youth led,"— Presentation transcript:
MISSION HISTORY … to create a safe space … cultivate values of Respect, Diversity, Social Justice, and Youth Leadership … build a strong, youth led, social justice community… for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 14 and 21 BAGLY is a youth led, adult supported social support organization committed to social justice and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ youth community Founded in 1980, BAGLY has served over 30,000 teens and some of its first programs have served as models for youth-led programs across the country. These programs include the nation’s first prom for LGBTQ youth, youth led HIV/AIDS education, and the Youth Speakers Bureau.
① Programming ② Collaboration Five Areas of Focus: Leadership Development, Health Promotion ( via the Health Education and Risk Reduction Team ), Social Support & Community Building, the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts, and the Clinic @ 620 ( provides sexual health services ) Collaborative relationship building with community resources is a hallmark of BAGLY’s programming. BAGLY is part of local and national networks ( made up of individuals, institutions, and organizations ) that work together to impact LGBTQ youth.
③ Advocacy ③ Technical Assistance & Training BAGLY provides professional training, technical assistance, and speaking engagements ( on a one time or ongoing basis ) for high schools, colleges, LGBTQ-specific and mainstream organizations focusing on areas such as: cultural competency building, program development, social media proficiency, health promotion, youth leadership development, etc. BAGLY partners with a wide range of organizations (local and national) to develop policy agendas that support the needs of LGBTQ youth in areas such as: LGBTQ hate crime violence & school bullying, homelessness, health access, sex education, rights of minors, etc.
Youth Leadership Committee Weekly Responsibilities Annual Activities The YLC is made up of 10 members who are voted into office by BAGLY’s youth members twice a year. The committee is responsible for 1) Designing and running the center’s weekly meeting; 2) Hospital annual program events; and 3) Engaging in youth advocacy and organizing participation in community events BAGLY’s fundamental service is its Wednesday night meeting, from 5 pm to 9 pm, made up of 4 one-hour meetings ( see logic model for details ) In addition to organizing BAGLY’S annual events, YLC members also host and attend: the Youth Leadership Retreat (2/yr), the BAGLY Speakers Bureau state-wide trainings (2/yr), and the Youth Leadership Institute (1/yr)
This evaluation will focus on BAGLY’s Leadership Development initiative; Specifically, 1) the impact of participation in the YLC on the individual committee members; 2) the differential impact of the YLC on the BAGLY youth members; 3) the impact of the Leadership Development initiative on BAGLY’s short and medium outcome goals. By addressing these three aspects, the Leadership Development initiative will be evaluated comprehensively. The evaluation will consist of 1) in-depth semi- structured interviews of the YLC members; 2) focus groups of BAGLY members; and 3) focus groups of BAGLY staff
Part 1: Process Evaluation Part 2: Outcome Evaluation Research Questions: 1.What is the impact/experience of holding a leadership position in a social justice organization on individual YLC members? Research Questions: 1.Are the intended services being provided by YLC and how well? 2.What populations is the YLC successful in reaching? What populations are they unsuccessful in serving? 3.BAGLY Youth Members’ Satisfaction with YLC programming topics and activities 4.What is the differential experience of participating in a youth-led organization ( compared to adult-led )
Mixed Methods: Quantitative Qualitative # in Attendance @ Wednesday meetings # in Attendance @ annual events # of applicants for YLC board positions Focus Groups of BAGLY Members ( topic: Wed meetings ) Satisfaction with Wednesday meetings Satisfaction with themes of programming ( meeting discussions ) Perception of/Attitudes towards YLC members ( Exploratory ) Focus Groups of BAGLY Staff ( topic: recruitment ) Current efficacy of recruiting and outreach efforts Populations that BAGLY is not reaching Suggestions for improvements
Qualitative: Sampling Strategies for Process & Outcome: In-Depth Interviews with all YLC members ( topic: experience serving in a leadership position at BAGLY ) Changes/Impact on psychosocial wellbeing Changes/Impact on outlook for future Changes/Impact on knowledge and skills Perceived impact of participation in YLC Changes in sense of community & support Process Evaluation Probability Sampling of BAGLY members/staff (with small cash incentive to participate) will be used to create focus groups Outcome Evaluation Purposive Sampling is used; ideally all YLC members who are able and willing will participate
Research Q’s, Constructs, and Metrics 1.Are the intended services being provided by YLC and how well? Qualitative metrics ( see slide 9 ) 2.What populations is the YLC successful in reaching? What populations are they unsuccessful in serving? Construct: Ability to reach target population define target population; assess coverage of target population; identify significant populations underrepresented in BAGLY youth members 3.BAGLY Youth Members’ Satisfaction with YLC programming topics and activities Construct: Members’ satisfaction frequency of attendance, increases in relevant knowledge/awareness, appeal of programming topics and activities, changes in attitudes towards sexuality 4.What is the differential experience of participating in a youth-led organization ( compared to adult-led ) Exploratory, open ended questions 5.What is the impact/experience of holding a leadership position in a social justice organization on individual YLC members? Exploratory, open ended questions
Quantitative Qualitative: inductive strategy Compare values to past years’ and other similar youth-led LGBTQ organizations Compare values to mainstream adult-led LGBTQ organizations Focus Groups: Identify major themes in discussion on an ongoing basis to help inform future focus group guidance In-depth interviews: identify major themes and code transcript for analysis
Hypothesis Potential Findings: This youth-led organization’s leadership development initiative 1) increases the leadership skills and is correlated with positive personal development; and 2) contributes to the sense of community and is correlated with an increase in knowledge of youth members The program is reaching its target audience, though there likely are at-risk populations unaware of BAGLY’s services Members are generally satisfied with programming; the evaluation may identify gaps in programming that could be improved upon The youth-led aspect of BAGLY contributes uniquely to the experience of belonging to the community Increases in satisfaction with sexual identity, sense of belonging, self-efficacy can be attributed to participation in the YLC