What are SCIP’S needs in 2017?
As SCIP prepares to wrap up 2016, we are also in the midst of planning for 2017 — our sixth 6th year! While SCIP remains grounded in the Arden-Arcade community, it is important for people to know that we serve youth, and provide programs/activities, throughout the entire Sacramento County region.
In 2017, SCIP will engage a strategic planning process that will help strengthen our organizational leadership and provide clarity on our long-term goals/objectives and vision. A humbling caveat always looms over those who manage non-profit organizations. . . no matter how strong the foundation, none of it matters unless the organization is adequately funded through generous donations from individuals, local businesses, and corporations.
SCIP has identified three areas of need for 2017:
Mental Health Professionals Who Serve in an Advocacy Role
To embed behavioral health professionals in SCIP programming who will act in a youth advocate role — these youth advocates fulfill an important mission within each of SCIP’S programs/activities by providing a mental health component. The overarching goal is to have these professionals in the neighborhoods we serve, giving those youth/families an opportunity to gain access to much needed services, programs, etc. SCIP believes this level of service will help strengthen the entire family and keep both the child and family more connected to the school and community.
Funding for Programs that Help our Youth Remain Healthy & Safe
SCIP’S programming and activities are different! We take pride in providing experiential learning through each of our programs and activities. Our coaches, advisors, and/or mentors, many of whom are law enforcement professionals volunteering their time, instill invaluable leadership and other life-skills. We do this through non-traditional programming (i.e.- Youth Leadership Council, skateboarding, scuba diving, hockey, tennis, golf, ropes challenge, camping, quad riding, and more). SCIP also offers one of the most comprehensive youth diversion programs in Sacramento County (SHOCK).
Funding that will Help SCIP Chart its Impact (Technology)
What are the results of the work we do in each program/activity/service we offer? SCIP needs the technology, data systems, and advice from those who know how to ask the right questions on pre and post program surveys. SCIP has a lot of qualitative information but we also need quantitative data in order to provide the best programs and services for our most underserved youth.