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Domus builds loving relationships with young people facing adversity, empowering them to pursue their path to self-sufficiency.

Over the past year, Domus continued its strong focus on staff development, articulating six core competencies for youth-facing staff, creating competency-based performance evaluations that chart a developmental progression to achieving proficiency in these areas, and refining and expanding its staff training and coaching. As an area of prioritization, to ensure fidelity and sustainability in the implementation of its cognitive-behavioral skills curriculum, “Thoughts, Emotions, and Behaviors” (TEB), Domus certified two internal TEB coaches who trained their first cohorts of new staff; launched clinical supervision for youth-facing staff led by their internal TEB coach who is a licensed clinical social worker; and engaged an external evaluator in a rapid cycle learning project to inform the organization’s use of a TEB delivery tool. Domus also continued scaling its transitional employment programming, expanding the scope of its external contracts for operating work crews employing its young people, with state funding also secured for this programming in partnership with the city; and began implementation of its business plan in pursuit of strengthened financial sustainability and organizational growth moving forward.

 As in 2022, Domus delivered active program slots to 85 percent of the young people enrolled in its core programming in 2023, and this year began to realize the long-term youth outcomes that affirm the effectiveness of its programs, with 93 percent of program graduates still enrolled in post-secondary education or employed on the path to self-sufficiency twelve months following program graduation.

CTOP’s support, immeasurable time, and generous investment helps Domus get better every day. They have helped Domus strengthen our ability to learn and grow and because of that we are seeing tremendous progress in the entire organization.

Mike Duggan, Executive Director

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