First Presenter's Institution

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education

Second Presenter's Institution

Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Third Presenter's Institution

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Plimsoll

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

“Collective Impact” will discuss the emerging trend among funders towards a results-oriented and collaborative approach to service delivery among community organizations, and the innovative ways in which community organizations can make this approach better work for them. This workshop will highlight successful work within the Rutgers University network, with emphasis on engaging one of America’s largest but under-recognized networks of community outreach and service provision: University Cooperative Extension. Rutgers Transitional Education and Employment Management (T.E.E.M.) Gateway, the urban youth development partner of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, is an experienced facilitator of youth programming, and an effective leader in community collaboration. Successful initiatives in collective impact include Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway’s Youth Success Centers, and the Project Rise evidence-based program in high school equivalency and work readiness training. “Collective Impact” will address effective strategies for pursuing diverse funding streams, developing and maintaining healthy partnerships, and utilizing tools in data collection, school enrollment, student retention, administration and program evaluation which best support the work of promoting academic engagement among urban youth.

Brief Program Description

“Collective Impact” will demonstrate innovative approaches to partnership and funding models in urban youth programming in response to the emerging trend of collective impact funding initiatives. This workshop will highlight successful work within the Rutgers University network, with emphasis on effective strategies for fund diversity, partnership development, and tools in data collection, school enrollment, student retention and program evaluation.

Summary

Ken Karamichael, Director of Rutgers Transitional Education and Employment Management (T.E.E.M.) Gateway, together with Larry Katz, Ph.D., Director of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, propose to present “Collective Impact: The Strategies and Realities of Implementing a ‘Shared Youth Vision.’” This workshop will demonstrate innovative approaches to partnership and funding models in urban youth programming. The emerging trend of collective impact funding initiatives by grant-making organizations moves towards results-oriented and collaborative approaches to service delivery among community organizations. For service providers in education and employment initiatives, a funding focus on collective impact necessitates new tools as well as new means of utilizing existing tools for cooperation among cities, schools, community organizations and their stakeholders. “Collective Impact,” the workshop, will present a number of tools and concepts in serving urban youth that relate to effective community collaboration and the implementation of evidence-based educational programs. The workshop will highlight successful work of Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and others within the Rutgers University network.

This workshop will emphasize work to engage one of America’s largest but under-recognized networks of community outreach and service provision: University Cooperative Extension. In New Jersey, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension – a direct service partner of Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway – holds offices in every county to provide a range of services to community members, including 4-H Youth Development and service learning projects, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. With experience as a skilled service provider, and with shared commitment to serve New Jersey’s diverse population, Rutgers Cooperative Extension greatly enhances the capacity of community collaborative efforts to serve urban youth in every corner of the state. Together, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway propose to provide at the National Youth At-Risk Conference an innovative look at the potential in the relationships between local communities and higher education, and underutilized opportunities for leveraging resources that Conference participants may have in their own states and cities.

Evidence

A part of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and the youth development arm of the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education, Rutgers Transitional Education and Employment Management (T.E.E.M.) Gateway is dedicated to helping the youth of New Jersey improve their quality of life and become productive members of workforce and society. To this end, education and employment assistance is provided, as well as family and support services, for out-of-school, drop out, and court involved youth in New Jersey’s urban areas.

Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway is an experienced facilitator of programming for urban youth populations, and an effective leader in community collaboration. Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway is uniquely positioned to encourage community collaboration and the implementation of best practices in serving young people because of its role as lead facilitator of the Youth Education and Employment Success Centers in multiple urban areas of New Jersey, currently including Newark and Camden. The Youth Success Centers were named a Model Program for serving disconnected youth by the National Dropout Prevention Center, and Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway has administered several evidence-based, targeted programs for young people. These programs include a Social Innovation Fund Project RISE pilot program during the past five years, which maintained one of the highest graduation rates for young adults earning their high school diploma equivalencies among funded programs across the country, and the curriculum, “Towards No Drug Abuse and No Violence,” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and replicated across the country. Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway is currently an awarded part of the Newark Youth Opportunity Network, launched by the Office of the Mayor and Superintendent to provide educational and support services to our most vulnerable youth.

The impact of Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway has been acknowledged by the White House three times since 2010, and delegations from Northern Ireland, Denmark, Brazil, Tchad-Africa, Japan and China have also consulted the YE2S Center. The White House Council for Community Solutions held the final stop of their national ‘Youth Listening Tour’ at the YE2S Center in Newark, as they developed their national report – ‘Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth’ – a process that has become the foundation for the creation of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative and Task Force to Expand Opportunity.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Kenneth M. Karamichael boasts twenty years of experience serving disconnected youth. Ken serves as Director of the Office of Continuing and Professional Education and Associate Director for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. He has effectively developed programs that address critical issues in the urban youth community, including the Youth Education and Employment Success (YE2S) Centers of New Jersey. Currently in Newark and Camden, the cross-systems, multidisciplinary YE2S Centers have engaged more than 7,700 students since 2007.

Ken is an active member of several municipal youth policy boards and consortiums to address youth reengagement and college/career development. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Senator Wynona Lipman Child Advocacy Center. Ken was recognized for his work to recruit and support diverse youth populations as the recipient of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Mary Jane Willis - 2013 Diversity Leadership Award. His dedication to youth development has recently grown to include a new international component, as he leads a Rutgers team cooperating with partners across the globe to recruit and train Greek youth in productive economic activity in the food and agricultural sectors in Greece.

Ken holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Exercise Science, and a Master’s degree in Education, all from Rutgers University. He is a proud Eagle Scout from New York City, and can be found outside of the office competing in the Professional Bowlers Association or enjoying a round of golf. He is married to the lovely Monica McLaughlin, an acclaimed Horticulturist and fellow Rutgers University graduate.

Dr. Larry Katz is the Senior Associate Director of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences in Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Dr. Katz received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University, and his doctorate from the University of California at Davis. He has published more than 135 peer-reviewed articles and scientific abstracts, and has delivered hundreds of invited presentations. He has served on committees at the university, state, and national level.

As Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Dr. Katz leads the community outreach efforts of extension specialists and agents to help the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge. The goals of these efforts are to ensure healthy lifestyles; provide productive futures for youth, adults, and communities; enhance and protect environmental resources; ensure economic growth and agricultural sustainability; and improve food safety and nutrition.

Keyword Descriptors

Collective Impact, Re-­Engagement Strategies, Community Organization, Funding, Networking, Collaborative, Value­ Added

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-6-2017 1:15 PM

End Date

3-6-2017 2:30 PM

Share

COinS
 
Mar 6th, 1:15 PM Mar 6th, 2:30 PM

Collective Impact: The Strategies and Realities of Implementing a ‘Shared Youth Vision’

Plimsoll

“Collective Impact” will demonstrate innovative approaches to partnership and funding models in urban youth programming in response to the emerging trend of collective impact funding initiatives. This workshop will highlight successful work within the Rutgers University network, with emphasis on effective strategies for fund diversity, partnership development, and tools in data collection, school enrollment, student retention and program evaluation.