Focus AreasYouth Development

We support public and private programs that deliver programs for youth ages 10-21 in school or community settings. Our clients offer a range of affirmative youth development programs from out-of-school-time to leadership initiatives to re-engagement of opportunity youth.

Metis serves as the research partner for Future Foundation, an Atlanta-based youth development agency. Photo Courtesy of Future Foundation.

Working within a positive youth development framework, we help our clients to assess both implementation and outcomes for participating young people. Within our evaluations, we emphasize youth voice using authentic and participatory engagement strategies, such as evaluation training and continuous feedback activities. We view young people as experts on their own experiences and engage them as critical members of the research team.

For groups that provide youth-development services, we offer expertise with:

  • Program development and grant writing
  • Data management and support
  • Fidelity and quality of implementation
  • Performance measurement
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Authentic youth and community engagement
  • Logic model and theory of change development
  • Social-emotional learning assessment
  • Cross-sector partnership development

We Work With…

  • Schools and School Districts
  • Community-Based Nonprofits
  • National and Local Youth-Development Agencies
  • National Foundations

Our Expertise Includes…

  • Out-of-School Time Programs
  • Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
  • Adolescent Sexual Health Education
  • Youth Financial Empowerment
  • Alternative Pathways to High School Graduation
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention

Let Metis Associates Help with Your Next Youth Development Project.

For additional information about Metis’s Youth Development services, please contact Donna Wilkens.

Youth Development Case Studies

Getting NYC Girls Outside

The premier leadership organization for girls in New York City uses summer camp to develop girls’ social-emotional learning skills.

Re-Engaging Youth for High School Success

Metis researchers help a Brooklyn-based nonprofit contribute to the knowledge base about what works in alternative pathways to high school graduation.

What Our Clients Say

Metis has conducted evaluations of all of our signature programs. They have served as thought partners and avid listeners in understanding the big picture and the end goals. They have contributed valuable ideas and insight to our work. They have talented staff willing to go the extra mile.

Maggie Vazquez, Vice President, Programs, Girl Scouts of Greater New York

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