QTeamThe QTeam is a partnership of youth and adults whose purpose is to enhance the quality of out-of-school-time programs by observing and providing feedback to staff and participants.  The focus of this effort is increased youth voice in programming. The goal is to improve the quality of youth programming in our community and provide an experience in entrepreneurship and career development for youth.

The QTeam includes youth and young adult members from Cleveland neighborhoods who are trained in observation skills and in using the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA). Adult support and training is provided by Ralph Pitman, Associate Director of START, the youth services of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry and Pat Heilbron, Director, Treu-Mart Fellowship Program, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Case Western Reserve University.

•    2007 funding by the Armington Fund of the Cleveland Foundation
•    Workshop presentation at the Cuyahoga County Starting Point Youth symposium.
•    2010 presentation at National Afterschool Association annual convention in Houston, Texas.
•    Quality observations at United Way Funded LMM community service projects, University Settlement Hunger Center, Young Artists of Northeast

Ohio Summer Arts Program, East Cleveland MLK Recreation Center,  and Youth Opportunities Unlimited Career Olympics classes at various Cleveland Public Schools

Basic QTeam core process:
•    Direct observation of a youth serving program
•    Group scoring of the Center For Youth Program Quality’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA)
•    Feedback to program leaders based on YPQA scores including strengths, and modifiable issues, all from a youth perspective.
•    Written follow-up that program leaders can use to plan for program improvement.

For more information, contact Mark Brauer, VP of Youth Services, at 216.696.0370.