Community of Practice - CoPOur Youth Development Community of Practice offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County. The Community of Practice brings to the County’s youth development practitioners a coordinated system of on-going training with experienced and knowledgeable facilitators, expert-led symposia, on-line courses, and access to e-learning resources, such as a library and recorded webinars. At the core of the Community of Practice is peer networking to share best practices and innovative program strategies that promote positive youth outcomes in the County’s young people. For information about our upcoming training, please Click Here http://www.collaborationcouncil.org/pdf/june cop calendar.pdf
MentoringMentoring studies have proven the importance of quality mentoring relationships for young people. Having access to a mentor leads to higher rates of young people enrolling in college, being more likely to volunteer and holding leadership positions professionally. Research has also shown that mentoring programs that utilize best practices have a greater impact on the lives of young people compared with programs that don’t. In 2016, the Collaboration Council explored the status of mentoring in Montgomery County by commissioning a study on the state of mentoring.
- Codifying all mentoring program policies and procedures in a manual or guide;
- Developing and implementing a resource development strategy and increasing the overall level of program funding;
- Providing staff development opportunities and increasing staff size;
- Locating and using mentoring program training and technical assistance to support the development of mentoring programs;
- Creating community awareness of specific mentoring programs and the general benefits of mentoring;
- Using evaluation data for program improvement; and
- Finding opportunities for collaboration among youth-serving organizations and mentoring programs.
Excel Beyond The BellExcel Beyond the Bell (EBB): is a public-private partnership offering safe, quality and accessible out-of-school time programs, professional development, and support for providers. Together with the Montgomery County Recreation Department, Montgomery County Public Schools, and community-based organizations, our comprehensive middle school program has grown from serving three to eight middle schools since fall of 2010. Two elementary schools will be added in February 2017.
Community of Practice Director
Director, Social Justice
Data and Training Assistant