In 2014, The Respect Institute (RI) and partners committed to providing 1,000 young men of color ages 16-24 in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley with self-respect building coaching to improve their ability to stay connected to caring mentors and choose positive pathways. In total, RI will train 150 youth influencers - community-based educators, case workers and law enforcement officials - to use its trauma-informed and research-based Respect Basics Coaching method to transform 15 to 60 minutes 'transactions' with young men into self-respect building 'coaching interactions.'
Co-designed with thought-leaders, including former youth offenders, law enforcement officials, and the Oakland Unified School District's Office of African American Male Achievement, partners, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley, Family Engagement Institute at Foothill College, and the Opportunity Youth Partnership of Santa Clara County committed to training their youth influencers to integrate Respect Basics Coaching into a minimum of six sessions with young men. Partners will utilize RI's Respect 360 toolkit and eTraining to implement the coaching model within their youth development frameworks or meeting structure.
Participants will be offered the opportunity to join an online network where they can earn a badge in Respect 360 communication to increase their workplace readiness and educational success. The badge can be included in their LinkedIn profile or other social networks - badges are increasingly being recognized by employers as valid workplace readiness indicators. RI and partners will measure via digital evaluations through 2015 young men's self-respect indicators, gains from coaching sessions, desire to stay connected to the influencer, and the impact on their daily decision-making process.
July-November: Identify and sign partners.
December 2014: Finalize partnership pipeline to reach 1,000 young men of color and 150 youth influencers. Launch new eTraining Center.
January-June 2015: Train youth influencers via live trainings or e-Training Center. Input each youth influencer's start date into Impact Tracker. Administer pre-evaluation to youth and influencers. Coaching begins.
June-December 2015: Progress reports from partner stakeholders.
Continue coaching programs.
January-March 2016: Measure impact of those who've completed 6 coaching sessions through post-evaluation administered to 1,000 youth and 150 influencers.
June 2016 CGI: Publish impact report.
Self-respect, knowing that one is a unique contributor to the greater whole, is a critical youth development asset that strengthens resiliency and positive academic and life outcomes, according to Respect Institute (RI) research. As a critical youth development asset, self-respect strengthens youth perseverance and resiliency when it comes to achieving academic and life goals as people who thrive and are happy at work have strong support circles, know their behavior matters, and manage stress and energy well.
The mission of The Respect Institute (RI) is to give youth and their influencers the tools to redefine respect and build self-respect so that they can break cycles of disrespect and thrive. In 2013, The Respect Institute (RI) and partners, through 2015, committed to providing 10,000 vulnerable young women ages 11 to 18 in more than ten states the tools and coaching, including the Respect 360 toolkit, needed to build self-respect in order to improve academic and life outcomes. So far, 10,000 girls have been enrolled by partners and more than 250 influencers have been trained. Outcomes from our initial pilots are promising. After only 15 sessions of 120 girls: 72% said they trusted their peers in the Respect Circle (24% increase);78% reported feeling safe to speak the truth in their circle (29% increase); 86% reported that the peers in their circle listened to them (29% increase); and 77% said 'I feel like I belong at my school' (16% increase).
In Santa Clara County, there were 7,326 justice-engaged youth in 2013 and most are young men of color (Santa Clara County Children's Agenda 2014 Data Book). Through RI's participation in the Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) of Santa Clara County, the RI has learned that those who potentially have the most influence over vulnerable young men of color, who tend to be dually engaged in the justice and child welfare systems, are probation officers, judges, case workers, and wrap-around service providers.
Youth influencers working with vulnerable young men of color need to offer strength-based coaching that nurtures youth's self-respect and promotes positive action and empowers them to learn how to make positive life choices despite past circumstances. These influencers can play a more powerful role in helping youth increase their healthy decision-making power and set boundaries to avoid probation violations, gain their high school diploma, and connect to post-secondary education or career training. The Respect Basics Coaching model and toolkit provides this needed framework.
Financial support to provide toolkits and training to 150 influencers, and support for evaluation and impact reporting. Implementing partners.
Respect Basics Coaching method and toolkit/training. Self-Respect Scale (under development).