Working with ACT for Youth
ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth is funded by the New York State Department of Health to provide technical assistance (TA), capacity building, training, and evaluation for CAPP program providers. ACT for Youth provides similar support to several New York State initiatives.
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Through a collaborative, relationship-based model, we provide TA and capacity building support to CAPP providers by helping you identify and develop solutions to challenges — and uncovering strengths that can be reinforced and replicated. We intend this approach to create space for you to be reflective about the project and engage in continuous quality improvement.
To build and maintain capacity for you to carry out the goals of the CAPP grant, ACT offers in-person, hybrid, and virtual trainings as well as learning communities focused on specific topics.
Data collection and evaluation allow us to show the impact of all the work being done in communities. From collecting surveys and documenting attendance to tracking adaptations to your EBP, all the information is compiled and can be used to strengthen your CAPP project. Evaluation findings are also useful for communicating success with other community stakeholders!
Capacity Building and Evaluation Support Team
Each CAPP provider has an ACT for Youth Support Team — one member of our training and capacity-building team and one member of our evaluation team — designated to check in with you periodically.
As a CAPP provider, your role as a health educator supervisor or a health educator (or both!) comes with many responsibilities. From planning your CAPP Project to using your evaluation data, ACT for Youth has resources to support your success!
And just like any other strong relationship, communication is key! For us to provide the best support possible, it is important for you connect with your support team by:
- Attending trainings and web meetings offered
- Asking your support team questions about how your Component 1 evidence-based programs and your Component 2 positive youth development programming should/can be implemented
- Letting us know when there is a change in your staffing
- Attending learning community meetings to get any clarification needed and to hear from other CAPP projects
Department of Health (DOH) Role
As the funder of the CAPP initiative, DOH has assigned each grantee organization a Program Manager who is available to you in addition to your ACT for Youth Support Team. It's important to communicate regularly with your DOH Program Manager. Any questions regarding work plans, contracts, or finances should be brought to your DOH contact immediately.