A Conversation with Youth Development Organizations: What Does Fall 2020 Look Like?


David La Piana, Managing Partner, La Piana Consulting


Jim Clark, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of National 4-H Council

Stephanie J. Hull, President and CEO of Girls Inc.


As the nonprofit sector responds to the COVID-19 and systemic racism crises, leaders of youth development organizations face a particularly difficult set of challenges. What does the future look like for these essential services? Is there a predictable timeline for a return to normalcy, and what does “normal” even mean anymore? To discuss these issues, we brought together the leaders of some of our nation’s premier youth development organizations.


Part 1:

  • Panelists discussed how they have weathered the initial shock of the shutdown and shared steps they have taken to date and why.
  • As we look to the near future, panelists considered what this summer and fall may look like for their organizations.

Part 2:

  • Panelists reflected on changes that they have made to their service delivery model and considered whether some changes may become permanent for an eventual post-COVID world.
  • The group dug into how they think all of this has impacted the health, mental health, and opportunities of the young people they serve.

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