Wyman Center, Inc., Eureka, MO

Wyman's National Network

Abstract: Wyman Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enable teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) is an evidence-based best practice youth development program that provides critical supports and opportunities to young people during adolescence. Based on success in St. Louis, Wyman recognized the potential for replicating TOP® on a national scale and committed to building a National Network of partners and providers who can deliver TOP® - and other evidence-based practices – with fidelity and at such scale that teens and communities at-risk are positively impacted by the proven outcomes. To realize this goal, Wyman employed an innovative and comprehensive replication approach which advances promising practices through four key principles: fidelity, flexibility, affordability and sustainability. In July of 2009, Wyman’s National Network launched, beginning partnerships with a variety of organizations with the need, desire, and capability to reach large numbers of teens at-risk with effective programming. The innovative capacity building strategy includes partner identification and recruitment, intensive program training, periodic on-site program observations and audits, and technical assistance by Wyman staff. In 2013, the National Network has the capacity to reach 50,100 teens in 32 states and Washington D.C.

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