Vote for the HYTF’s New Fiscal Agent!

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As a coalition of youth-serving agencies made up of representatives from all over the city, the Holyoke Youth Task Force has been generously hosted by Girls Inc. of Holyoke for almost ten years. We are ready to move into our next phase of growth, and though our partnership will remain strong, the HYTF is simply too big to stay with Girls Inc. any longer. We launched our search for a new organization to fiscally sponsor the work of our coalition in spring 2013, and we are thrilled to announce that the search is almost over.

In response to the RFP we released on June 3rd, the HYTF received two proposals. On July 18th, these applicants–The Children’s Study Home and the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps–presented for our coalition members and answered questions about their vision for the future of youth work in Holyoke.

The HYTF is now ready to vote on which of these two phenomenal applicant agencies is the best match for the HYTF’s mission, and we need your help. Any coalition member who shares our goals of elevating youth voice in Holyoke and has a current, signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the HYTF is eligible to vote.

Once we have received your signed MOA, HYTF staff will email you copies of the two proposals submitted by the applicants. After you’ve reviewed their contents, we invite you to submit your vote through our electronic scoring system and add your voice to this incredibly important decision. Electronic voting will close on August 16th at 5:00pm, and HYTF staff will announce the results on Friday, August 30th, 2013.

The electronic scoring system can be accessed here, and all results submitted are confidential.  

Who may vote:

  • Individuals and agencies that hold a current, active MOA with the Holyoke Youth Task Force (for the 3 year period of 2013-2016), and who have read the two proposals submitted by the applicants.
  • Individuals and agencies who are NOT receiving financial disbursement from the HYTF

Voting entails:

Why should my agency vote?

  • The Holyoke Youth Task Force is a coalition with a solid 10 year history of obtaining significant state and federal grants in partnership with our members. Member agencies with active MOA’s have the opportunity to partner with future grant applications.
  • The Holyoke Youth Task Force’s broad goal of collaborating across sectors to strengthen youth voice and resources in the City of Holyoke provides countless opportunities for resource sharing in support of other youth programs.
  • Current applicants for HYTF fiscal agency are both proposing a broad expansion of youth-serving work in Holyoke, and as an agency or individual that supports such efforts, your opinion on how to proceed in a way that is best for all organizations currently operating is invaluable.
  • More collaboration means more support for youth on all levels, including the opportunity for referrals and networking with other providers and specialists who can elevate your own efforts.