Launched in 2018, the Do Good portfolio started as a three-year initiative of IYF and Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation to equip Nashville youth, ages 14-18, from marginalized communities with the skills, support, and opportunities they need to thrive in school, work, and life.
The pilot’s success in Nashville served as an impetus to expand the program model to Puerto Rico in 2020. By the end of the program in mid-2022, a combined total of 2,301 students in Nashville and Puerto Rico were reached with a tailored mix of life skills, service learning, college access support, and individualized coaching to reinforce those experiences and support participants in their next education and/or career steps. Additionally, IYF trained 16 staff at our implementing partner organizations as certified life skills trainers and coaches, enabling the continued implementation of Passport to Success (PTS) following the end of the Do Good Program.
Working with and through local youth-serving nonprofit organizations who understand the challenges, aspirations, and needs of their communities better than anyone, IYF contributed expertise in program management, community service, and life skills training, including the implementation of our foundational life skills curricula, Passport to Success. Integrating lessons in areas like problem-solving, goal-setting, conflict management, communication, career planning, and youth-led community service into existing programmatic frameworks successfully helped to address youth disengagement that often leads to negative outcomes like high dropout rates, drug and alcohol use, and difficulty finding employment. In so doing, Do Good helped youth overcome the barriers that stand in the way to the bright futures they desire and deserve.
IYF and our partners are grateful for the support Rodan + Fields has provided to our shared mission. Through our multi-year partnership, over two thousand young people in underserved communities have gained skills, support and the opportunities they need to thrive in school, work, and life.