Thank youSubmit This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending. Contributors Roxolana Barnebey Roxolana is senior associate of External Relations at Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)Roxolana manages Project U-Turn for PYN, which aims to engage and re-engage students who are at-risk of disconnecting or already disconnected from high school to support their secondary and post-secondary success. In this role, Roxolana ensures that the collective efforts across systems and organizations all drive toward the overarching goal of increasing Philadelphia’s high school graduation rate. As the backbone staff for Project U-Turn, she works to secure resources that allow for Project U-Turn related efforts and has carried out the first Project U-Turn Fellowships, as well as a PYN Stoneleigh Fellow, who will work to expand post-secondary access more broadly across Philadelphia. Prior to her time at PYN, Roxolana worked at Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), southeastern Pennsylvania’s child advocacy organization. In her nearly 9 years there, she led strategy, external relations, and mobilization as part of the statewide Campaign for Fair Education Funding, which achieved its goal of gaining Pennsylvania legislature approval for a fair funding formula for the state’s public schools. She raised attention to the need for improved access to children’s behavioral health services and managed PCCY’s day of free children’s dental care—increasing the program from about 10 dental practices serving a few hundred children in Philadelphia to nearly 30 dentists throughout southeastern Pennsylvania serving nearly 1,000 children. Roxolana received her Master of Science in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania (August 2012) and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami (May 2006). Meg Long Meg is president of Equal Measure.Meg has nearly 20 years of evaluation, philanthropic strategy, program management, organizational development, and leadership experience. Over the course of her career, Meg has worked on a wide range of domestic and international issues, including righting educational disparities, building individuals’ economic security, and improving the communities in which they live. Meg leads Equal Measure’s postsecondary success and asset building portfolio, bringing her extensive experience in cradle-to-career and place-based evaluation to initiatives such as the Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment, the Irvine Foundation’s Linked Learning investment, the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, and the Kellogg Foundation’s Family Economic Security portfolio. Meg also provides strategic and evaluation support to the Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Options-NYCDOE training program, the Stoneleigh Foundation, the Philadelphia Youth Network, and the Helmsley Charitable Trust to help increase the impact of their programs and investments. In each engagement, Meg has helped her clients translate ambitious, complex change strategies into successful interventions. She plays numerous key roles, such as designing strategy, managing the relationships of multiple partners, facilitating the inclusion of all stakeholder voices, and leading the communication of evaluation findings to clients and their grantees. Before joining Equal Measure, Meg was the coordinator for Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Marketing for Experience Corps Philadelphia, a national intergenerational tutoring program. In that role, she worked with 22 inner-city elementary schools and 2 after-school programs to address the literacy needs of children reading below grade level. She also worked with community members and stakeholders to improve educational services to children and their families in Philadelphia. Her experience at the United Nations, the World Bank Institute, and the International Longevity Center included conducting analyses of poverty alleviation policies in Kenya and assessing socioeconomic indicators of older New Yorkers to improve service delivery in intergenerational programs. Bilal Taylor Bilal is a senior consultant at Equal Measure.Bilal has a more than 15-year background in planning, implementing, and evaluating high-quality youth development programs, particularly in schools and community settings serving older youth during out-of-school time. He also has extensive experience in developing theories of change and in qualitative evaluation methodologies, including focus group facilitation. At Equal Measure, Bilal works on a diverse set of national and local evaluation projects, including evaluations of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Family Economic Security Workforce Development Pilots, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s investment to enhance teaching practices and establish institutional incentives to increase the number of STEM college graduates, the Irvine Foundation’s Linked Learning Regional Hubs, Living Cities’ City Accelerator initiative, and the Stoneleigh Foundation’s Fellowship programs. Prior to joining Equal Measure, Bilal was a program officer at the American Friends Service Committee, an international Quaker peace-building organization headquartered in Philadelphia. In this role, Bilal oversaw a portfolio of 50 civic engagement and youth organizing programs aimed at helping youth find their power to challenge systems of oppression in their cities and nations. His direct service experience coordinating grant-funded out-of-school time programs and serving as a dean of students at a high-performing charter school in Philadelphia leave him uniquely positioned to understand the challenges of funders, grantees, and public sector leaders searching for innovative ways to help youth transition successfully to adulthood.