“When I came here, I found home.”
~ Youth Focus Group Discussion
We will review our structures, systems, policies and procedures, departmental and team configurations to establish we have the right complement and distribution of human resources that lives and breathes our philosophy.
We will ensure additional strength is added to support the priorities of this plan. We will develop and implement back-bone systems where we require them (HR, finance systems; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; internal and external communication systems; invest in technology and training to ensure we have adequate tools to support growth, adaptability, and the realities of hybrid work) to support current and future operational needs.
Ensuring common management styles, governance practices, decision-making frameworks and approaches will be a matter of continuous learning and intentional capacity building. We will measure the impact of this work through enhanced and continuous staff engagement processes.
The core of our mission, vision, values as well as our new strategic priorities, relies on and is infused by this objective:
Elaborating, clarifying, and living our Equity/ARAO values will require clarification of its implications in our approach, philosophy, program frameworks in tangible daily ways, as well as our approach to structures and systems.
As we strengthen our internal resources, we will focus on both structural and cultural change to support our staff teams and the work of the organization, fostering wellness through a supportive intersectional anti-racist environment of mutual accomplishment, care, and accountability. We will review the work of the organization to re-calibrate staff responsibilities and workloads and ensure compensation remains in line with industry standards and maintain high levels of employee attraction, retention, and engagement.
Eva’s will need a robust and agile communications plan and implementation strategy throughout its learning and collaboration journey to achieve its desired state as a Black-focused organization with a robust youth leadership dimension. The plan will consider the principles of transparency, humility, allyship, identity awareness and thought leadership in its development and implementation. Owning our holistic approach, we will consider moving toward a name and identity that doesn’t limit us to our association with shelter and embraces our link to Eva Smith.
With a strong foot forward in our advancing community engagement, we will develop and execute a fund development strategy that ensures a diversified stream of revenue and multi-year funding commitments to stabilize and sustain core operations of Eva’s, as well as the goals of this Strategic Plan.
We will continue to strengthen and diversify the composition of the Board of Directors. We will ensure that the Board is fostering the development of Black leadership at the intersections of multiple identities. We will continue to attract, engage, and retain Board leaders, youth, volunteers, and representatives of the communities that we work with through an intentional governance development and renewal strategy with targets that match our strategic priorities.