Outreach Initiatives

picture of DYS Executive Director Steve Lafreniere speaking at Mobile Area Education Foundation


The Alabama Department of Youth Services is a collaborative partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement the Evidence2Success framework in two pilot sites in Alabama. Both Selma and Mobile have been selected to participate in the development and implementation of proven prevention programs for youth in their communities through the Evidence2Success framework. Evidence2Success provides a framework for engaging communities and public systems in improving child well-being. This framework helps public system leaders and the community work together to gather local data on the needs and strengths of youth, use the data to agree on youth well-being outcomes for improvement, and realign public funding to address those needs with proven prevention programs.

  • The Evidence2Success Youth Experience Survey: The survey provides public agencies and communities with a “big picture” look at how kids are doing and the strengths and challenges that influence their development. Survey results describe the links between risks, protective factors and well-being and highlight areas in which public agencies and communities should focus their program investments.

  • Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development: Blueprints makes it easy to match children’s strengths and needs to cost-effective, evidence-based programs designed to help.

  • Public financing strategies: Cities and states can use these strategies to map current program investments and generate or secure sustainable sources of funding for new effective programs.