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Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission:

New Door Ventures is an innovative organization that is deeply and passionately committed to transforming the lives of at-risk youth in San Francisco between the ages of 16-21 by empowering them with the tangible opportunities and psychosocial support they need to work their way off the streets, out of poverty, and into self-sufficient lives as responsible adults. For nearly thirty years, New Door Ventures has aggressively pursued this mission by developing services that address the fundamental needs of disenfranchised youth in the areas of employment, job training, education, housing and personal growth.

 

Central to the agency’s successful strategy is the profound respect and compassion shown to each and every New Door Ventures’ client. As one youth client expressed, “If anybody wonders, ‘Is there anyone out there that really cares?’ There is. For me, there’s always going to be someone that cares—as long as I’m working with New Door…someone that actually cares about what I’m doing in my life and whether I’m doing it right and responsibly and successfully.”

 

The most compelling aspect of New Door Ventures’ programming is that it works. In 2009, of the youth who completed the agency’s employment programs, 93% were employed or in school upon exit; 100% of youth with a prior criminal background did not re-offend within six months of program exit; and 89% of homeless youth acquired stable housing within six months of program exit. Currently, New Door Ventures provides its unique brand of life-sustaining employment and education programming to 140 high-risk youth annually.

Results: In 2009: • 79% of youth completed the Youth Development Programs successfully (Ally or Switch). • 93% of those who completed the Youth Development Programs were employed or in school at exit. • 69% of program participants made educational gains while in the Youth Development Programs. • Over 90% of youth who successfully complete New Door Ventures’ employment programs will report that they received valuable work experience, vocational training, and personalized one-on-one support. • 100% of youth with a prior criminal background who successfully completed New Door Ventures’ employment programs did not re-offended within six months of program exit. • 89% of homeless youth who successfully completed New Door Ventures’ employment programs have maintained stable housing six months after program exit.

Target demographics: New Door Ventures serves high-risk youth in San Francisco, ages 14-21. Overall 54% of the youth the agency serves have a history in the justice system; 52% have been in the foster care system; 52% have dropped out of high school; 51% have a history of drug or substance abuse; and 49% have been homeless or lived in a shelter. Eighteen percent of New Door Ventures’ youth clients are parenting before the age of 21. Overall program participants are 48% African American, 29% Latino, 17% Caucasian, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1% Multi-racial. All of the agency’s clients qualify as low-income and are unemployed when they enroll in the agency’s programs. For every 100 youth that New Door Ventures serves: 48 have a history with the criminal justice system 32 have been in foster care 48 have dropped out of high school 57 have a history of substance abuse 39 have been homeless or lived in a shelter 5 are parenting There are 229 total instances of every individual risk factor, signifying that the majority of the 100 youth are struggling to cope with multiple issues.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 129 youth in 2009 140 youth in 2010

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, CA

Programs:

With 30 years of experience as a business owner, employer, and trainer, New Door is well qualified to help youth with the greatest barriers to employment get jobs and succeed. In 2011, New Door will create 120 first paid jobs for at-risk youth in our 2 social enterprises (Switch program) and in community businesses (Ally program). Our key outcome is that over 90% of youth are employed and/or in school when they complete our programs.

Through Switch, youth clients work in 6-month paid internships, where they gain the skills they need to jump start their careers and become independent. Ally was developed using best practices from our 20+ years of Switch experience, and in response to the growing numbers of at-risk youth in dire need of our services. Youth in Ally receive 3 weeks of job readiness training followed by placement in a 12-week paid job internship with partnering businesses.

Switch and Ally clients attend weekly and monthly skill-building workshops on topics including job search and personal budgeting. Clients also receive 60-100 hours of in-depth support from their New Door case manager, who helps youth overcome virtually any challenge from learning to budget their paycheck to providing that 6am wake-up call and ride on the day of the GED test. The case manager is often the first responsible and reliable adult our youth encounter – a moral necessity for youth creating a future of self-reliance. Youth clients also benefit from 2 hours of tutoring per week.

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Volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have received two interns from NDV for our organization, and are expecting a third this summer. Both were well prepared, wonderful young people who grew a lot through the experience, and were extremely helpful to us. The staff at NDV are incredibly responsive, and guided us through the process of developing an intern program here at Compass Family Resource Center. We look forward to continuing this partnership, and encourage anyone who is considering having an intern at their place of work to do it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff of New Door is fully committed to creating a safe space for kids to be kids, but also to have the tools to be successful adults in this society. I have had so much fun on their outings, parties, etc. and have been very impressed with the services they offer. I highly recommend New Door to anyone looking for services for youth.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NDV has made great head-way in the past couple of years. We have a strong Board, committed staff and leaders who are dedicated to working with Youth. Pedal Revolution (Bicycle store), continues to win awards, and Asbury Images (Printing press for T-shirts), now has the capacity to meet the needs of our most discerning clients. This organization is Faith-based, encouraging individuals to recognize their potential and helping them to utilize their God-given gifts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the NDV staff work very hard to care for the youth in their programs, demonstrating poise and empathy in dealing with the challenges their youth face. And I think their development staff is wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time with the staff. The New Door staff is engaging and creative. Their spring break program is inventive and challenging. I am impressed by the holistic nature of their approach. It is clear that they have taken and are continuing to take the time to see the whole person.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff truly believe in what they're doing and the youth see that. The youth I've worked with have been extremely appreciative of the organization.