Special thanks to the State Street Foundation for generously supporting our Peer Leader Teen Employment Program. State Street is helping the West End House make a difference for Boston's youth!
The West End House has launched a three-year growth campaign strategically designed to bring West End House programs to scale. With skyrocketing demand for services over the past two years - membership and daily attendance have increased by 30% and 25%, respectively - the West End House growth campaign calls for a 65% increase in funding to support substantial program expansion. This growth campaign will focus on three areas:
Program Enhancement and Expansion
The West End House will increase participation in existing programs, growing weekly visits to 2000 from 1200 in 2011. The targeted programs span three critical areas: Academic Support; Leadership and Life Skills; and Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. Programs will expand to serve 260 teens in the college preparation program and 150 youth in literacy programs; help 100% of youth progress to reading at grade level; increase high school graduation rates to 98% and college enrollment to 95%; offer year-round employment to 100 teens annually; serve 105,000 nutritious meals each year; and double the number of young people tracked through our interally-developed outcomes measurement tool, to 400.
Strengthening Organizational Capacity
Investments in this category will enable expansion in other areas by providing support and infrastructure. Initiatives include: expanding the volunteer program to engage 125 adults annually; upgrading facilities management; and adding fiscal management and IT improvements.
Building New Initiatives
The launch of new programs will focus on supporting the ancillary needs of West End House members. New initiatives include supporting alumni to ensure graduation from college; workforce development for youth 18 to 24; and mental health services for member families.