Documenting Need for Program Expansion
A high school internship and mentorship program to help inner-city minority youth transition into health careers learned that their graduates were struggling to stay in college. With conditional interest from a funder, program leaders sought to create a new program component to extend their supportive pipeline to FACES alumnae in college. Staff sent a survey to their graduates and held a focus group to learn about their struggles at college. The survey and focus group documented significant need for the college retention component. A staff planning session created the design of and implementation plan for the new activity, including clarification of partners’ roles and yearly measurable outcomes and evaluation plans.
“We owe much of our success to you. You challenged us to tease out the necessary details. It really made a difference.” –Tomás Magaña, Director, Faces for the Future Coalition, Public Health Institute