We accomplish our mission through a combination of services for youth, investigative research, policy advocacy, and training. We believe that addressing abuse involves macro-level changes that are informed by micro-level experiences. This means we use data from our experiences working with children who are victimized by abuse, and then turn those data into responses that will achieve measurable impact.
youthSpark differs from many other organizations focusing on abuse, in that our impact model does not stop at addressing the issues of abuse firsthand through direct services to victims—we go a step further to scientifically research the causal underpinnings of abuse, and then use data to design tactical interventions that improve the effectiveness of partner organizations and child-facing systems, and address legislative and policy shortcomings.
Based on the front lines inside the Fulton County Juvenile Court, youthSpark’s new Youth Services Center bridges many of the profound gaps that still exist in Atlanta’s capacity to connect at-risk, abused, and exploited youth with life-changing services. Not only does the Center help transform the lives of at-risk, abused, and exploited girls and boys, but through the evidence-based research we will conduct, it will help us better understand what is happening to children and what we can do to create services that most effectively support them.