YSM Purpose, Benefits and Uses

Purpose

The YSM system is a web-based information database designed to allow the sharing of information on and connection to resources & support services for children and youth. This is accomplished by first having schools and service providers in the Capital Area register their organizations and enter the major program details and data into YSM.

The system then grants service providers, school administrators, strategic planners, and policymakers the ability to identify and understand the community’s strengths, gaps, and opportunities in order to maximize the potential of community resources.


Benefits


YSM has many benefits depending on user needs:

  • The YSM system provides self-reported, detailed information about youth services in school or community settings and the approximate numbers of youth receiving services by organization and location.
  • Program data is carefully entered and easily updated in the system by each youth service/support organization.
  • The system is password protected and program data can be easily updated by the provider organization any time there are changes to its services or locations.
  • YSM is designed to complement the 2-1-1 Information and Referral System for the general public.
  • YSM system data is set to be entered into a Geographical Information System (GIS) so that the community’s strengths, gaps, and service coverage areas will be able to be easily viewed on a map.


YSM uses:

  • School counselors can generate a report of the services offered by different programs and organizations in their school. They can also view a report of services offered in nearby community settings, or in other schools in their feeder pattern.

  • An administrator can review school needs against services provided and seek partnerships with organizations in other schools that provide those services.

  • A city planner can review data trends on youth issues across the entire community and assess the amount of appropriate services available in specific areas.

  • Service providers will be able to view what services are already offered in schools, in order to plan their grant strategies to address gaps and reduce duplication.