The impact of the Trust’s Youth Health & Development (YHD) Fund has now been documented in a report which explains how the fund has helped build capacity in its first year of operation.
YHD provides multi-year funding, as well as support for organisational capacity development and evaluation support. It is a new model of grant making for a small number of community organisations delivering initiatives to improve health and social outcomes for young people.
That support includes operational capacity development and evaluation planning, governance review and development, strategic and business planning, mentoring and coaching for project leads and managers, and support for an increased focus on reflective learning.
The fund was developed after the Trust commissioned research into the issues young people face in our region. That research highlighted that young people experienced a range of unmet needs and that the youth sector was fragmented and underfunded.
As a result, the Trust developed a Youth Health & Development Fund in late 2009. It has a focus on positive youth development approaches, holistic programmes and on learning and development for both the youth provider and the ASB Community Trust.
Through YHD the Trust supports programmes which aim to improve health and social outcomes for young people through multi-year grants, by providing programme and capacity development and providing self-evaluation support for grantees.
This evaluation report describes the impact so far of the YHD fund on supporting organisations' capacity development during the first year of the fund, and describes the initial impacts of the programmes for young people.