MMS Education and partner GENYOUth joined Engage for Good to share real-world insights on using data to demonstrate efficacy and drive investment in CSR programs in schools and communities through the webinar If It Isn’t Measurable…Is It Successful?

MMS Education Principal Karen Ellis and Ann Marie Krautheim, President & Chief Wellness Officer of GENYOUth, offered insights into:

The webinar highlighted examples of  impactful GENYOUth CSR partnerships including Fuel Up to Play 60, AdVenture Capital, and NFL FLAG-In-Schools initiatives, as well as MMS Education’s powerful data systems and tools to streamline and strengthen any measurement and evaluation effort.

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GENYOUth, a national nonprofit that empowers students to create a healthier future for themselves and their peers, launched a Youth Survey initiative in 2017 to hear from middle and high school students about issues that directly affect them. The inaugural survey explores whether and how youth use technology for healthy living. The overriding question: Is technology currently supporting and encouraging – or is it under-serving – the health and wellness of this tech-savvy generation? MMS Education worked with GENYOUth and its partners to develop the student survey, conduct the field work, run the analyses, and develop the final report, which includes informative and sometimes surprising data on how youth feel about their health; whether and how they use technology to support their health and wellbeing; the degree to which youth want or need better technology options to support their health; and implications for youth, families, educators, and businesses.

United Way Worldwide turned to MMS Education to help develop a series of guides to support local United Way’s collective impact work in their communities. These “Guides for Driving Community Solutions” provide specific, actionable how-to guidance, case studies, and links to tools and resources in critical implementation areas, including: catalyzing collective impact; mobilizing individuals to action; communicating for community change; investing in effective community partnerships; and using data to increase partnership impact.

Convened in 2017 by the Urban School Food Alliance and National Dairy Council, the “Nourish to Flourish School Meals Summit” brought together nearly 250 thought leaders and stakeholders (including students) committed to strengthening school meals throughout the U.S. With school meals making a difference in the lives of millions of children from nearly 100,000 schools, the time was right to make the case for the importance of school meals and take the opportunity to dream big. Using an Appreciative Inquiry approach, participants created a bold new vision for the school meals experience, which was captured in this proceedings report developed by MMS Education.

MMS Education is proud to have supported client GENYOUth in the creation of the first AdVenture Capital Progress Report. Since its launch in early 2013, AdVenture Capital has engaged hundreds of students and high-profile corporate partners in its mission of empowering enterprising, health and wellness oriented youth to become future-ready social entrepreneurs. It does so through mentoring, unique experiences, online planning tools and direct funding for student-led projects. This report provides context on the program and the impact it’s making in schools across the country.

https://www.genyouthnow.org/reports/adventure-capital-progress-report

There’s no denying that the school budget cycle is different — and sometimes more complex — than those of other industries. Understanding the school budget cycle will make your efforts to market to educators, plan campaigns, schedule meetings, and capitalize on available budget money all the more likely to succeed.

At MMS, we know that the school budget cycle can be complicated. So, we’ve developed this School Budget Cycle Planning Guide to help you along the way. We encourage you to use this guide to see what is happening in schools each month of the year, and we’ve even included some tips on what you can do.

Download the School Budget Cycle Planning Guide here.

Still uncertain about when to implement your campaigns or reach out to educators? Contact us; we can help!

MMS Education is proud to work with Dairy Management, Inc., on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The 2017-2018 school year “Playbook” was released in April and offers schools simple strategies and actions to help them achieve their wellness goals. You can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 by visiting FuelUpToPlay60.com.

GENYOUth recently published two briefs – one that details its wellness programs and their positive influence on Hispanic students, and another covering innovative approaches on Farm to School. MMS Education supports GENYOUth on many of its outreach projects and reports.

Creating healthy school environments is a key part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) efforts to build a “culture of health” in the United States. Increasingly, people recognize that student success is about more than academic achievement. It also requires healthy school environments that help to ensure children have solid foundations for physical, social and emotional health. MMS Education worked with RWJF to convene A Working Forum on Healthy Schools in March 2016, with the goal of exploring systems-level work to make healthy school environments the norm and not the exception in the United States. MMS produced a proceedings report based on the Forum, which can be found here. Click here to read more about the work MMS did with the Foundation on this report.

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