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Unpacking Youth Development:

December 14, 2015

Time:12:00 am

Unpacking Youth Development: The Evolution Of A 25 Year Journey

New York City Youth Funders, in collaboration with Philanthropy New York and New York City Workforce Funders


Over the years, the field of youth services has adopted youth development principles as a philosophy, approach, knowledge base, and set of practices and outcomes to create a framework for working effectively with young people. Adaptable to all settings and venues, these principles help young people to develop a sense of agency and belonging, and to identify and adapt to challenges and opportunities. The framework has enabled organizations and their staff members to guide young people through their life journeys. As funders, the philanthropic community has used youth development principles to help identify best practices in after-school programs, schools, professional development opportunities, and essential partnerships.

But, any good framework must be dynamic. This forum will consider youth development principles in a changing world. Funders will hear from Michele Cahill, founder of the Youth Development Institute, in conversation with Sabrina Evans-Ellis, its current executive director. Together, they will discuss what young people need to navigate today’s world. They will also reflect on the variety of settings in which they have worked to help prepare young people for a world that has changed over the past 25 years. Patrick Pinchinat, a Beacon Director will reflect on how his evolution from line staff worker to supervisor to program director has been guided by and grounded in youth development principles. Sister Paulette LoMonaco will add her thoughts on how youth development principles have provided an organizational framework for Good Shepherd Services’ work over the last past quarter century as well.

A brief reception will follow the session to celebrate the holiday season.


  • Michele Cahill: Distinguished Fellow in Education and Youth Development, National Center for Civic Innovation
  • Sabrina Ellis: Executive Director, Youth Development Institute
  • Patrick Pinchinat: Beacon Director, Queens Community House
  • Sister Paulette LoMonaco: Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services

This forum is open to all funders.

Please email by Thursday, December 10, 2015.


December 14, 2015
12:00 am