The Real MVP: Merging Veterans and Players to Build a Foundation for the Future

“The MVP organization was started by Jay Glazer and Nate Boyer back in 2015,” explains Executive Director, Jacob Toups. “Jay Glazer has been in the sports industry for 25-plus years, so he’s been interviewing and tracking athletes for most of his career. Nate Boyer was a Green Beret, and was on the Seattle Seahawks—he landed in Los Angeles after his time in the NFL.

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Data is the Goal: How Soccer Without Borders Has Made Data Central to Its Practice

Soccer Without Borders, a youth soccer program built to serve refugee children in the United States and disadvantaged youth abroad, has long been a leader on the field. But their approach to data collection is putting them leaps and bounds ahead off the field as well.

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Data Notes: Metrics Matter to the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition

UpMetrics and the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition have been working together since the Spring of 2018 to build a data-driven approach to music access and curriculum across multiple program sites. We recently connected with Strategic Programs Director, Ryan Zellner, from GMEC on why the coalition is committed to collecting and learning from program data.

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Let's Build (The Nonprofit Sector) To Scale

As CEO of UpMetrics, I have the pleasure of working closely with a variety of social impact organizations and funding sources. There are millions of mission-driven organizations all over the world improving the lives of those they serve, whether it be in affordable housing, health and education, or women’s empowerment, to name a few. Here’s the problem: while nonprofits are working to solve new challenges every day, the sector lacks a sustainable model that will help them scale their impact.

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The YMCA’s Workforce Development Program is Opening Doors for Disadvantaged Youth—and Keeping Them Open

Talk to Jen Salerno for even five minutes, and you already understand how much thought and care she puts into her work at the San Francisco YMCA’s Youth Workforce Development program. As the Director of a five-person department dedicated to helping end the cycle of poverty that affects many urban youth, Salerno brings together an understanding of the challenges facing program participants with a commitment to support them over the long term as they pursue careers in their chosen fields.

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Playing for Keeps: Why the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition wants to make music part of every child’s curriculum

We’re excited to announce a strategic partnership with the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition, to track and measure impact as they roll out programming across New York City, Philadelphia, and Nashville.

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Pitch Perfect: How America SCORES New York Empowers Youth is Poetry in Motion

The America SCORES program, which has affiliates across the United States, is built on a platform that extends from the soccer pitch to the poetry slam. That unique combination also speaks to its origins, which walked the line between the classroom and after school.

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