Empowering Staff, Improving Quality
This inspiring 12-minute video documents how the Georgetown Divide, a small community in the Sierra foothills of Northern California has embraced a positive youth development approach across the settings where youth spend time and has anchored that commitment through widespread use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment. In this video, school teachers and youth workers reflect on their own practice in powerful ways and describe how the cycle of assessment, planning and training works. District administrators and youth organization leaders describe how they are systematically implementing a low-stakes approach to accountability that has empowered staff, improved practice and resulted in real change for youth. Georgetown Divide was one of 12 sites that engaged in quality improvement system-building work as part of the Forum’s Ready by 21 Quality Counts initiative. The Youth Program Quality Assessment and technical assistance was provided by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.