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.
Director, Effective Philanthropy Group
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Co-founder of YouthTruth
Quincy School District – Quincy, WA
High Tech High – San Diego, CA
Vice President, Programs
The Spencer Foundation
Evergreen School District – San Jose, CA
Principal and Founder
Chief Executive Officer
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Associate Superintendent for Educational Services
Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District – Carrollton, TX
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:
|The Fund for Shared Insight||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation|
|Stuart Foundation||The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation|
|Houston Endowment||The Whitman Institute|
|The Children’s Trust||The California Endowment|
|Foundation for the Mid South||The San Francisco Foundation|
|Stupski Foundation||W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone 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.