Partnership 4 Kids Leverages Technology to Do More 4 Kids
- April 24, 2019
Serving over 5,300 students in Omaha, NE, Partnership 4 Kids has been using CiviCore Client & Case Management software to organize their processes and help their youth and child services program grow.
Partnership 4 Kids uses CiviCore to:
- Organize processes and data
- Manage mentoring programs
- Process scholarship applications
- Manage volunteers
- Report on crucial data to gauge program success and client progress
Brad Kirshenbaum, Project Manager at Partnership 4 Kids, talks about their deployment of CiviCore’s solution for Youth & Child Services.
What is the goal of Partnership 4 Kids?
Partnership 4 Kids serves thousands of kids grades K-12, providing them with a supportive adult mentor. Our programs focus on developing goal setting, among other life skills, and allow volunteers to work with their mentees on a regular basis.
For kids in kindergarten through 6th grade, the mentees are matched with mentor “goal buddies.” At this time, mentees and mentors work to set goals and define methods to achieve them. Every quarter, mentees and mentors celebrate goals that have been met. Once mentees enter into middle school, the mentoring program becomes more formal. Mentors meet with mentees three times per month, and follow a pre-set curriculum. The curriculum includes academics and social skills; outings and field trips are included. After middle school, mentors and mentees begin preparing for college, once again working in a goal-setting fashion. By 11th grade the mentees will have visited 11 colleges. In their final year, 12th grade, mentors and mentees work on applying to scholarship programs.
What are your titles and responsibilities?
While I wear many hats as project manager for Partnership 4 Kids, my primary responsibility is database management. Other responsibilities include data evaluation, our end-of-year evaluation, and curriculum design and implementation.
How long has Partnership 4 Kids used CiviCore Client & Case Management software?
We began using CiviCore in October 2014. While I wasn’t at Partnership 4 Kids when we selected CiviCore, I was on board for the implementation, which was easy to wrap your head around for entry-level software users. In fact, CiviCore Client & Case Management is suitable for all levels of users.
Prior to working with CiviCore software, what platform challenges did you face?
In the past our system was completely inflexible, which made it difficult for Partnership 4 Kids to complete the work we needed to grow our program. CiviCore Client & Case Management has given us the ability to be flexible and to create any programs we needed.
“CiviCore… was easy to wrap your head around for entry-level software users. In fact, CiviCore Client & Case Management is suitable for all levels of users.”
~Brad Kirshenbaum, Project Manager at Partnership 4 Kids
What is your favorite aspect of CiviCore Client & Case Management?
The reporting functionality has been incredibly helpful. CiviCore’s system allows us to effectively manage all of our data and produce incredibly precise reports. In the past we could enter all of our data into a program, but then we couldn’t do anything with it. CiviCore Client & Case Management software lets us slice and dice our data any way we need to.
How does CiviCore software have the biggest impact for you?
CiviCore Client & Case Management software makes our data evaluation a lot more efficient. In the past we really couldn’t get what we wanted out of the system. It was extremely difficult to use, and it took us a lot of time to put the data together, before even evaluating it. CiviCore’s software has changed Partnership 4 Kids simply because it’s so user friendly. We no longer dread entering data, which means we’re getting good data as a result. We are also able to use CiviCore Client and Case Management to process scholarship applications and manage our volunteers, as well as report out on crucial data.
“CiviCore Client & Case Management software makes our data evaluation a lot more efficient… We no longer dread entering data, which means we’re getting good data as a result.”
What makes Partnership 4 Kids unique? What are you most proud of?
The huge number of mentoring programs that we serve makes us incredibly unique. With over 5,300 mentees, we have a high school graduation rate of 98% in areas where high school graduation rates are 75% at most. In fact, all but one mentee in our program last year got into college; the remaining individual is getting their GED now.
How has CiviCore helped you with your organizational challenges?
CiviCore Client & Case Management software has helped us track our clients and their progress. Being able to run reports and see what’s going on in each student’s life has helped our mentees keep their eye on the prize and has helped us provide the best service possible.
How has your organization grown since working with CiviCore?
We’ve added 200 – 400 students in the past two years, and we have plans for 400 more in the next two years. Part of that growth can be credited to the knowledge that we can manage everything we need to, and more, because of our CiviCore database. CiviCore also provides us the ability to be far more efficient, which also helps our growth.