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youthCONNECT is a transformative network of nonprofit organizations in the National Capital Region working together over a five-year period to improve the education, employment, and healthy behavior outcomes of 20,000 low-income youth, ages 14–24.

Promising practices used in the collaboration include:

  • Promoting Teamwork
  • Collaboratively Identifying Goals
  • Using a Common Outcomes Framework
  • Collaborating in One Place
  • Preparing for Sustainability

The collaboration has learned the following lessons during its work:

  • Being a “Symphony Conductor”
  • Setting Up a Feedback Loop
  • Taking Time to Build Relationships
  • Promoting Systems Thinking