Youth Engagement

Informing Change works with organizations that support youth and young adults in their development into fully-contributing members in their communities and society at large. Our work addresses what it means to be active and present in society—now and into the future—recognizing that the youth and young adult years are critical in the formation of personal identity, values and behaviors that will endure a lifetime.

We look at engagement within specific communities defined by geography, culture, and socio-economics, as well as across communities. We are passionate about expanding opportunities for all youth and young adults to find personally compelling and meaningful ways to be active in community life and problem solving.

Our work in this area spans issues of youth development, leadership development, youth philanthropy, identity formation, and community participation through community service and volunteerism.

Through this work, we aim to contribute to the knowledge base and action planning that supports youth and young adults from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances to develop a sound understanding of themselves and their role and contribution to their community and society around them.

Read about our work:


The Cost of a Volunteer

Informing Change conducted an examination of 21 volunteer programs nationwide to assess the true cost of organizing a high-quality volunteer program. The study helped the field better understand the implications of the President’s Call to Service for the nonprofit sector.

Read the results of the review and find out what it really takes to provide quality volunteer experience.


Jewish Service Learning: What Is and What Could Be

In the fall of 2007, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation commissioned Informing Change to assess the landscape of Jewish Service Learning.

Informing Change examined the current capacity among Jewish Service Learning practitioners and the support required to expand that capacity. We also looked at the relevance of secular national service and other faith-based service traditions in defining the potential and development of Jewish Service Learning.

This report summarizes that research and ... Learn more »


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