Theory of Change Statement: When young adults with disabilities have access to choices, and engage in individualized instruction and employment experiences, they will become self-confident, independent and better prepared for life.
Variety’s Mission and Strategy
Variety’s expression of social value is captured in its mission statement: to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.
The organization has a wealth of experience in serving youth and young adults with disabilities. The current direction for the agency is based on a 2017 Strategic Plan and 2018 Master Facilities Plan, both of which involved a vertically integrated team of staff and Board members to craft the vision for Variety. Through these processes, the organization’s leadership and Board acknowledged that the flagship – and “magnet” — program of Variety for decades has been its summer camp programs. Further, they committed to building and growing a signature workforce development model (VarietyWorks) that would meet a multitude of needs for campers aging out of services, as well as to providing year-round services that could maximize the usage of its 77-acre campus.
To be effective in its mission, Variety will focus on the following target population:
Enrollment Criteria for Core Services
Variety’s summer camps and after school programs that serve younger children will serve as a pipeline into the VarietyWorks model and the target population. Resources will continue to be invested in providing these summer flagship programs, as well as some out of school time programs, but these services are not intended to drive outcomes.
Overview of the Services that Variety will provide to achieve its mission
Variety’s core outcomes-producing services are why it is in business. Mission success will be measured by the target population clients achieving Variety’s long-term outcomes of self-confidence, independence, and preparation for life. Variety will intentionally focus its resources on delivering high quality services to its target population. On a case by case basis, Variety will decide whether to admit any non-target population clients to its core services, and under what conditions. To be most efficient and effective, Variety will eventually need to set a limit on the percentage of slots in core services for non-target population clients.
Needs of Our Target Population
Services/Activities to Meet Those Needs
There are three primary outcomes for Variety’s target population: