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Levers for Change

A practical tool organizations can use to identify opportunities to move toward becoming a relationship-rich organization.

Levers for Change assesses an organization’s strengths and areas for growth when it comes to developmental relationships.

Building inclusive developmental relationships with young people is critically important, but trying to take on every aspect of change all at once can be overwhelming. Levers for Change is a tool that helps break the process down into manageable, achievable steps. Organizations can focus on one or a limited number of changes that will build momentum toward the goal of becoming a relationship-rich organization.

As leaders and practitioners complete the self-reflection tool, they are able to weigh the difficulty of making each change against the positive impact the change would have on the relationships that all young people experience.

After completing the self-reflection tool, your organization will be ready to take the next steps to prioritize and deepen developmental relationships.

Self-reflection tool

Levers for Change

Across the Organization

The Levers of Change

Revise our organization’s mission, vision, or values statements and/or our logic model to explicitly state the value our organization places on relationships.

Increase the amount of time that staff have to build relationships with all young people.

Improve the processes our organization uses to assess the desire and ability of job applicants to build developmental relationships with all of the young people we serve.

Provide staff with high-quality professional development on building relationships with young people, especially across lines of difference.

Include the quality of the relationships staff build with all of the young people we serve into our organization’s performance evaluation process.

Launch an ongoing initiative to identify, recognize, and celebrate staff who build strong relationships with all of the young people our organization serves.

Collect and analyze data from a survey or another source to gain insight on how all young people experience relationships in our organization.

Strengthen relationships that staff build with all young people by building stronger relationships with the parenting adults and other families members of the young people we serve.

Provide staff with structured activities, relationship-building practices, and other practical tools that will help them build developmental relationships with all the young people they serve.