We value a passionate commitment to improving schools. We have a deep belief in the power of data and analysis to improve decision-making. We believe that successful employees want to make the world a better place and are motivated to seize opportunities to do so.
We believe that committed individuals will grow and develop in an environment in which they are trained, mentored, and supported. We value hard work and productivity, but also recognize the importance of maintaining a work-life balance.
We believe each employee has a strong sense of ownership for the work that they do, and the work of YouthTruth as a whole. Strengths of YouthTruth’s work culture are entrepreneurialism, accountability, teamwork, collegiality, diversity, and mutual respect.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Global Education Consultant
The Education Trust—West
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Co-founder of YouthTruth
Quincy School District
Senior Fellow, Consortium on School Research
University of Chicago
Principal Senior Researcher
Glendora Unified School District
Youth Engagement Specialist
Baltimore City Schools
Executive Director of Equity and Instructional Services
North Clackamas School District
YouthTruth generates revenue from fee-for-service contracts and support from philanthropic organizations.
Philanthropic support allows us to scale our operations and impact while keeping pricing affordable for school clients, develop new products and services, and build organizational infrastructure. In addition, funders sponsor school districts and charter networks to participate in YouthTruth.
We sincerely appreciate the generous financial support provided by the following funders:
|Carnegie Corporation of New York||The Fund for Shared Insight|
|The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||Walton Family Foundation|
|The David and Lucile Packard Foundation||William and Flora Hewlett Foundation|
We sincerely appreciate the participation of the following funders in two regional Student Voice Initiatives in the Bay Area and Ohio, through which participating foundations and their partner districts explore the value of student perception data for school systems and philanthropy alike.
|Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County||Monterey Peninsula Foundation|
|Community Foundation Sonoma County||The Nord Family Foundation|
|HealthPath Foundation of Ohio||Richmond Community Foundation|
|Marin Community Foundation||William and Flora Hewlett Foundation|
|Martha Holding Jennings Foundation|
The key characters in this origin story are Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Fay Twersky, director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and former director of Impact Planning and Improvement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Valerie Threlfall, former vice president at the Center for Effective Philanthropy and founding director of YouthTruth from 2008 to 2012.
YouthTruth is based on the simple but powerful premise that when you get timely feedback from those you’re trying to serve, and really listen to that feedback to make changes, you get better.