VCRHYP strives to measure both how much, and how well the Coalition and member agencies provide services to youth and families. We assess outcomes in four key areas:
Safety: Agencies work to ensure that youth have a sense of physical and mental safety, and that they are supported and protected from violence, abuse, harassment and fear.
Well-Being: Youth have stable living arrangements, enriching educational experiences, access to healthcare and mental health supports.
Permanent Connections: Young people have solid, supportive relationships with friends; family (biological or choice); mentors and other significant people whom can help them accomplish their goals and overcome challenges.
Self- Sufficiency: Agencies build basic life skill development into our work with youth so they can care for themselves and have the foundation to build a stable and independent life on.
In fiscal year 2015:
- VCRHYP programs provided 648 Vermont youth with 19,411 nights of shelter, food, counseling, and supports.
- 90% of youth exited VCRHYP programs to a safe living situation and 87% reported feeling safe in their community and interpersonal relationships.
- 5% of youth left our programs with the assets and skills needed to live independently, support and take care of themselves, get and stay employed, access community resources, manage their finances, and plan for the future.
- 96% of youth left our programs with medical insurance, 89% were connected to a primary care physician, 72% were connected to dental care, and 85% were engaged in healthy activities on a regular basis.
- 80% of youth had healthy relationships with adults and peers that they can rely on for support as they left our programs.
Check out our FY15 Annual Report for more information!
In addition to the above measures, VCRHYP works to define what success looks like at the coalition level.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has instituted a rigorous assessment process known as the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) that analyzes management and outcomes from programs receiving federal money. Only 18% of the 1,004 programs evaluated have been declared “effective.” The Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs is among that distinguished group. VCRHYP member agencies deliver critical safety nets to at-risk youth while providing the State of Vermont and taxpayers with an effective, efficient, and economical alternative to the foster care and juvenile justice systems.