The Organizational Readiness Assessment for Youth-Adult Partnerships (ORAYAP) measures an organization’s capacity to support the development and continuation of youth-adult partnerships.
Based on research in Positive Youth Development and Adolescent Health, the ORAYAP consists of 57 research-based items clustered around seven domains of effective youth-adult partnerships:
- Youth Friendly Environment,
- Youth Empowerment,
- Organizational Culture,
- Evaluation & Management,
- Caring Adults and Mentors, and
- Community Connectedness.
Within each area, we’ve outlined specific practices typically present in high-performing organizations. The ORAYAP is meant to help you engage in thoughtful reflection about your organization’s capacity in implementing youth-adult partnerships in your programs and services. The ORAYAP provides your organization with a holistic picture of capacity areas of development, and uncovers your organization’s internal assets. Finally, the ORAYAP helps an organization understand its starting point in each area as it considers what to focus on in terms of building youth-adult partnership capacity.
The ORAYAP is appropriate for those who would like to begin or strengthen existing youth-adult partnerships. The worksheet should be completed in collaboration with staff representing various leadership roles (i.e., an administrator and front-line staff employee). Go to the ORAYAP.
Developed by researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas (Outley, C., Gabriel, G., Cavil, B., Locke, D. & Leon, M.)