We draw on evidence-based best practice models and conduct extensive assessments to guide the design and content of our programs. This research also serves to educate policymakers on key issues facing the Latino population in the county.
Integrated Service Delivery
The designs of our programs involve an integrated approach that allows youth participating in a specific program to access services from other programs. For instance, a GED participant may also receive career readiness training or participate in conflict resolution sessions. In addition, all our school-based programs incorporate a parent education component, as well as wraparound support to the youth and their families through case management services and mental health counseling.
Identity has developed rigorous data collection and evaluation methods for all our programs. We have designed several program- and site-specific tools and surveys to collect baseline and exit data, which are analyzed by an external evaluator. The assessment of the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the youth is ongoing and used by program managers to determine emerging needs, monitor program effectiveness, and inform program design.
Our staff is bilingual and bicultural—approximately 80% are of Latino descent—and well-suited to serve our target population. Our partner staff extend our language and cultural competencies so we are able to assist other populations as well.
Youth who participate in Identity’s programs are not considered one-time participants in a specific activity, but become life-long members of our community. Identity provides them with a platform for continued engagement well beyond their participation in a specific program, such as involvement in volunteer, civic, and community service activities. This continued engagement broadens the multiplier effect of the programs, providing continuity to their scope and objectives.