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:
Stable Housing: Youth experience a sense of physical, emotional, and mental safety ensuring they feel supported and protected from violence, abuse, harassment, and fear. Youth have access to safe, stable, affordable housing.
Social & Emotional Well-Being: Youth experience stable living arrangements, enriching educational experiences, access to healthcare, mental health stability, social connectedness, and improved family functioning that contribute to a youth's ability to care for themselves within family and promote the attainment of independent living skills.
Permanent Connections: Youth have healthy relationships with self-identified family (biological or not) and long-term ongoing connections with supportive adults, mentors, friends, and other significant people.
Education & Employment: Youth increase the skills, resources, and relationships necessary to access and sustain a positive future through education, employment, and personal enrichment.
In fiscal year 2020, our Youth and Family Reunification & Stabilization Programs served 64 youth:
- 95% exited to safe locations: 88% exited to live with family or friends
- 100% had health insurance at exit
- 91% reported a connection to one or more caring adult at exit
- 82% reported having positive community connections at exit
- 93% were attending school, had a diploma/GED, or were employed at exit
In fiscal year 2020, our Independent Living Programs served 54 youth:
- 79% exited to safe locations: 37% exited to live with family or friends
- 97% had health insurance at exit
- 76% reported a connection to one or more caring adult at exit
- 66% were attending school or had their diploma/GED at exit
- 68% were employed or looking for work at exit
Check out our FY20 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.
Want to see more? Check out our older annual reports below: