Interviews

Q&A: 'Our Piece of the Pie'

Alan MacKenzie is program director of Our Piece of the Pie, a job-training program for youth based in Hartford, Conn. The program offers 12-week training cycles that match adolescents with entrepreneurs starting their own businesses. Youth are given key roles in developing and working in the businesses, and are paid a weekly stipend and a share of the profits. ...More

Q&A: Buying Into 'Sexy' at the Expense of Everything Else

Sharon Lamb Sharon Lamb, Ed. D., is a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also a practicing clinician in Shelburne, Vt. and conducts forensic evaluations for the state in cases involving sexual abuse, harassment, and attachment. She is the author of three books and co-author of......More

Q&A: Making Peace through Street Outreach

JuanCarlos Rivera of UTEC JuanCarlos Rivera is Director of Operations at United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), a Lowell, Mass., agency started in 1999 as a response to the city's gang violence. The organization has been nationally recognized as a model youth development agency, and UTEC's street worker program was the focus of......More

Q&A: Partnering with Youth to Get Your Message Out

Kenny Neal Shults has over 20 years of experience working with service organizations across the country to develop innovative strategies for engaging with vulnerable populations. He is particularly skilled at engaging young people in the creation of prevention-oriented digital messages. His organization, Connected Health Solutions, Inc., specializes in teaching agencies how to incorporate new media......More

Q&A: Pet Therapy

Pearl Salotto has worked as a pet-assisted therapist for 20 years. She is director of the D.J. Pet-Assisted Therapy University Certificate Program in Rhode Island, one of the few programs in the country that trains and certifies pet-assisted therapists....More

Q&A: Planning for Volunteers

Sarah (Sam) Elliston has been a volunteer manager and consultant for more than 20 years. Her company, Sarah Elliston Consulting, trains on the topic, and she is a frequent conference presenter and writer on volunteer management. She is a certified volunteer administrator, and an adjunct instructor at the Union Institute & University and Northern Kentucky University. She also teaches at the Cincinnati...More

Q&A: Retaining Staff by Hiring Right

Mary Imbornone is national director of training and development at Devereux in Villanova, Penn. Devereux is a national, multi-site human services organization with 5,600 employees, and in the last few years has undertaken major initiatives in the areas of hiring and staff retention. Although the agency is still integrating the new practices across its various sites and programs, data on retention show...More

Q&A: Running a Successful Volunteer Program

Stephanie Bolson is Community Relations Manager and Manager of Volunteers at Albertina Kerr Centers, a Portland, Ore., agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Kerr provides a wide range of psychiatric services with 43 group homes throughout the state, foster care, intensive inpatient psychiatric care and community-based treatment. Kerr works...More

Q&A: Serving Native American Youth

Gay Munsell is a specialist in Native American issues, cultural diversity, family preservation and support, and child abuse/neglect at the National Resource Center for Youth Services in Tulsa, OK. She is a member of the Kaw Nation, and a former clinical director of a model urban Indian child welfare program. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Family Preservation Journal and the Journal......More

Q&A: Starting a Youth Court

One of the fastest-growing juvenile justice programs in the United States, youth (or teen) courts are an attractive option for communities struggling with youth delinquency. The courts promote youth development for both teen participants and offenders; are generally inexpensive to run; divert first-time offenders from the traditional juvenile justice system; and seem to be more effective in discouraging......More

Q&A: Teen Prostitution Prevention

In 2002, The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston developed 'My Life, My Choice,' a 10-week prostitution prevention program delivered to girls in foster care who are considered to be at risk for involvement in commercial sex. The initiative was an outgrowth of a state working group set up after the murder of a 17-year-old girl in state care in 2001. Though no one was arrested for the crime, the girl......More

Q&A: The 'Marketing Disability' of Nonprofits

Peter Brinckerhoff is a trainer, author, and consultant to not-for-profit organizations. He founded Corporate Alternatives, a consulting firm, in 1982. He is the author of several books, including Mission-Based Management, Mission-Based Marketing, Faith-Based Management, and Social Entrepreneurship. We interviewed him in 2001. Peter Brinckerhoff Q:......More

Q&A: The New Philanthropy

George McCully is founder of the Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy. His new book, "Philanthropy Reconsidered: Private Initiatives, Public Good, Quality of Life," explores the evolution of philanthropy as idea and practice. Before becoming a professional philanthropist, he was a professor of European history. This Q&A was prepared by Youth Catalytics Director of Research Melanie Wilson....More

Q&A: The Volunteer Question

Susan J. Ellis is President of Energize, Inc., a training, consulting, and publishing firm that specializes in volunteerism. She is the author or co-author of twelve books, including From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Volunteer Program Success and The Volunteer Recruitment (and Membership Development) Book. “I can actually summarize my entire career in this field by one sentence,” she told...More

Q&A: Youthworker Exchanges

Cynthia Hay is Director of Management/Personnel at the Key Program in Framingham, Mass. The Key Program has hosted about 200 foreign trainees since 1986, most of them from Great Britain. The 450-employee agency runs outreach, residential and shelters programs in Mass., N.H., and R.I. Other New England agencies involved in the AYWC's youthworker exchange program include YOU, Inc., St. Ann's Home, Devereux,......More