Helping community organizations help youth

Like many local nonprofit organizations that serve children, Operation Exodus' plans exceeded its capacity to accomplish them. The mentoring and tutoring program helps families in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in New York City where nearly a third of the population lives at or below the poverty line.

World Vision provides organizations like Operation Exodus with extensive training in youth development, advocacy, education, and child protection. The training curriculum is developed around research-based skills and best practices in youth development.

World Vision's capacity-building program "provided amazing opportunities for our youth that we are not able to provide ourselves," said Matt Mahoney, executive director of Operation Exodus.

"I would say that [the training is] going to become more important to us as we continue to grow.

Some of the trainings have been really good at pointing out some areas that I would not have given a lot of time and attention to. But their importance was brought out in a big way. That made me step back and re-evaluate some of the things we do."

Two of the beneficiaries at Operation Exodus are Vianca, who received academic help when in elementary school, and her mother Albina, who enjoys parenting classes on improving self-esteem and finding assistance for Vianca in the school system.

"I can see how important it is to her and me to come to the program," Albina said.

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