LSA is a community partnership model based on elements of Collective Impact with the ultimate goal of meeting the life skill development goals of partner organizations and the young people in our community and sharing in the outcome. Although the LSA building is owned and run by New Day Youth and Family Services, the LSA is comprised of a partnership network and serves the whole community. Partnering on a community wide basis across systems and agencies decreases service fragmentation and duplication and streamlines service delivery.
LSA Coordination occurs by the LSA Specialist who is employed by New Day Youth and Family Services with initial funding from New Day. The LSA Specialist ensures the ongoing success of LSA by working with partner organizations and facilitating the LSA Youth Advisory Group and the LSA Advisory Group. Over time, it is the vision that the LSA Specialist position will be funded by LSA partners and serve as a community staff person who ensures continued collaboration of partner agencies.
LSA partners serve on the LSA Advisory Committee. The LSA Advisory Committee membership is comprised of a person from each partner organization who have an Memorandum of Agreement with LSA, as well as 2 representatives from the LSA Youth Advisory Group. The LSA Advisory Group ensures LSA remains relevant to community needs and advises on:
- Class selection
- Coordination efforts
- Selection and support of instructors
- Reward structure
- Overall finances
In addition to advising on the above listed elements, the LSA Advisory Committee is responsible for ongoing quality assurance.
Ongoing evaluation is a critical feature of the LSA framework. Measurement of skill development will ensure LSA partners are meeting the goal of improving outcomes for transition age youth in our community. Additionally, evaluation serves to hold LSA partners accountable to the students and the community for LSA stated purpose and identified goals. Evaluation is utilized to create an effective quality assurance and quality improvement process. All gathered data is shared with all LSA partners.
To ensure effective evaluation standards, LSA has implemented several measurement processes. Utilizing national, standardized tools, students are assessed in each life domain before, and after attending LSA as well as at time increments during attendance to measure skills and knowledge gained by participation in LSA. Additionally, students take a survey after each class and before and after each course to measure whether or not they are gaining information and skills and to provide opportunity for feedback to help shape future LSA classes and courses.