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Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Y.O.U. empowers youth to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life.

Academic success and career success are the most direct and cost-effective route for teens to escape the cycle of poverty. All Y.O.U. programs focus on empowering teens to succeed.


President: Carol Rivchun

Lead Partner: Mary Bright 

Years of Engagement: 2002-2005

Total SVP Impact

 Value of volunteer hours from partners and friends   $ 78,125
 SVP direct financial contributions (grants awarded)   $ 120,000
 Indirect contributions because of introduction by SVP   $ 130,950
 Projected operational impact from SVP-supported projects/initiatives 


SVP grant was leveraged 274%   $329,075 

Strengthening Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Results and Accomplishments:

  • Designed and implemented a human resources strategy for the organization’s 50 employees following the merger of three organizations
  • Developed a streamlined system for incorporating community volunteers into Y.O.U.’s programs
  • Tracked employer relationships to achieve mutually beneficial goals

Ongoing impact:

  • 2012: SVP connected Y.O.U. to a grant opportunity with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in which Y.O.U. was awarded $130,000 for outcomes evaluation.
  • 2012: SVP nominated Y.O.U., which was accepted, as one of the investees network-wide to participate in the SVP Conference workshop, “Scaling Impact” in Portland. ED Carol Rivchun and Board Chair Brian Broadbent attended.



Youth Opportunities Unlimited | Change We Needed

Now that some time has gone by since we worked with SVP, I can really appreciate that the most important impact the organization had on us had to do with improving our human resources management. At the time of our engagement, we said we wanted to meet the needs of employers, use more volunteers, and by doing that we would build capacity. We thought we were in for brainstorming meetings with lots of new ideas. However, the SVP volunteers began by taking me and a few of our staff through a two hour in-depth evaluation of our staff abilities and how the organization operates... Read More »