Proof Of Effectiveness
It’s no secret that one of the greatest challenges to non-profits is “proof of effectiveness ” and quantitative measurements. Yet some of the greatest indicators of our impact is in the real life stories. Here’s a short and simple one:
Runaway Who Wanted To Surf
Last week we got a verbal report from a Probation Officer ” Don’t wait for (name), she’s on the run and know one knows where she is.” We started our program, and to our surprise our runaway girl scrambled in at the last minute and ran up to her mentor, ready to surf. Sam, our Program Manager, checked in to see if she was okay and to let her know her mother and Probation Officer were worried and looking for her.
She said “Yeah, I know, I didn’t go home, I don’t want to get caught but I really didn’t want to miss surfing.” She told us what happened. She was safe at home but was having the usual teenage disagreements with mom. Her mentor suggested she call her mom, and let her know she was safe with us then promise to go home and sort things out with her mom. Then they could surf together in good conscience. The girl called her mom, with her mentor by her side, made her apologies then got a ride home after surfing from her mentor. How’s that for trust, breaking a negative cycle and motivating change?
So, do we make a difference? I think so. Do you think so too?