National 2015 Cohort

The first group of PropelNext grantees completed the three-year program in July 2015 and all are now using the tools they have gained to serve young people in their communities more effectively.

An intensive evaluation has found that the program made a "profound and sustained" impact on the policies and practices of its first cohort, embedding performance management and a culture of continuous learning and improvement deep within graduates’ organizational DNA.

As a result, these organizations now have tightly focused program models based on research and best practices in the field. They have aligned services with this model so they are delivering the right services to the right youth at the right time.

They are also continuing to support and learn from one another through a private PropelNext Online Learning Community designed to facilitate the sharing of best practices, resources and discussion.

Grantee Stories describe how four PropelNext alumni are expanding funding opportunities and serving more youth.

Celebrating the Achievements of PropelNext's First Grantees, by EMCF President Nancy Roob and Vice President Lissette Rodriguez, praised the progress made by this inaugural cohort as it completed the program in July 2015.