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Maybe replicate existing initiatives within nonprofit organizations that are already serving high-needs areas, rather starting anew. In Nashville for example, the YWCA of Nashville in Middle Tennessee was interested in preventing girls from potential

Maybe replicate existing initiatives within nonprofit organizations that are already serving high-needs areas, rather starting anew. In Nashville for example, the YWCA of Nashville in Middle Tennessee was interested in preventing girls from potential

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Andrew commented on Replication rather than Innovation?! Well, Maybe.

Thanks Jamie! Tweaking and adjusting an existing, replicable initiative and applying it to a community where it could result in a higher impact could free up resources that might be needed elsewhere... Nonprofit program development (just like R&D) is expensive.

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Andrew commented on Leveraging Technology in High Urban Traffic Settings

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Maybe replicate initiatives that already is existing within nonprofit organizations that are currently work in high need areas. In Nashville for example, the YWCA of Nashville in Middle Tennessee was interested in preventing violence against girls and empowering them to be successful... preventing them from potential entering abusive relationships early on. Several years ago the YWCA of Nashville launched Girls, Inc. at the YWCA... an affiliate of the national USA-based Girls, Inc. program. Rather than starting a new nonprofit/ new initiative they replicated one with a demonstrated track record for success. I think we often focus on staring something new by founding a n entirely new nonprofit or program... rather than unitizing the resources we already have established and concepts/programs that have a demonstrated track record for the issue we are trying to solve. I think this is in one of the few contexts you'll ever hear me say less innovation and more replication.

Here is a bit more about their program:
Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is the local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. provides innovative, girl- centered programming that encourages girls to take healthy risks, resist peer pressure, and discover their true potential. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Girls Inc. reached 362 Nashville middle school girls in Fiscal Year 2012 with its valuable education and life skills curriculum. We have worked with more than 1,500 girls since becoming the Girls Inc. affiliate in Middle Tennessee in 2008.

Girls Inc. at the YWCA is offered at the following Metro Nashville Public Schools:

East Nashville Magnet Middle School
Gra-Mar Middle School
John Early Magnet Middle School
Wright Middle School

Kirkpatrick Elementary
Warner Elementary