Della Hughes

Senior Fellow

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Contact

Email: dhughes@brandeis.edu
Office: Heller-Brown Building 343
Phone: 781-736-3609
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Expertise

Integration of education,youth employment and youth development systems and programming to ensure youth are ready for college and career; systems, community and organizational change and sustainability; evaluation as a management and learning tool; results-based strategic planning; partnership and organizational development.

Courses

  • HS 511b - Contemporary Issues in the Management of Child, Youth, and Family Services

Degrees

  • Vanderbilt University
    M.Div.

Della Hughes

Senior Fellow

Profile

Della M. Hughes is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Youth and Communities, Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Prior to these positions, she was Executive Director of the National Network for Youth in Washington, D.C., and Oasis Center, a community-based youth-serving organization in Nashville, Tennessee. Under her leadership, Oasis Center won the Hospital Corporation of America Prize of $20,000 for Excellence in Management.

Her passion is the intersection of education, youth employability, and youth development to ensure youth graduate high school prepared for post-secondary education and work in the 21st century labor market and as contributors to their communities. She is a facilitative leader and thought partner who uses results-oriented strategic planning, management and leadership consultation, and evaluation and learning methods to help private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic sector leaders create and sustain quality programs, partnerships, systems, and policies for youth and families.

She is and/or has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or project director providing capacity building technical assistance for New England school districts in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation's District Level System Change project, Metro Nashville Career Advancement Center's Opportunity Now summer youth employment initiative, and the Heidenreich Family Foundation’s effort to close the achievement gap in southern Connecticut; and serving as the evaluation and learning partner for the Children’s Friend Rhode Island Family Preservation programs; Oasis Center's Just Us LGBTQ+ systems change efforts and Teen Outreach Program for Residential Treatment Facilities in TN; The Hyams Foundation's Teen Futures Initiative; and The Skillman Foundation's Good Neighborhoods Good School initiative, among others. She is and has been a consultant with the Metro Atlanta Opportunity Youth Initiative (United Way of Greater Atlanta), Hartford Public Schools, and Capital Workforce Partners (Hartford).

Hughes holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the University of Tennessee School of Social Work.

Scholarship

  • Hughes, D.M. and Haque, Zora. Effective Youth Employability Programs: Overview of the Literature on Critical Elements and Best Practices. Waltham: Center for Youth and Communities for Nashville Opportunity Now and Capital Workforce Partners (Hartford) Summer Youth Employment Programs 2018.
  • Hughes, D. M. and Kingsley, C.. District Logic Model Reflection and Revisions and Leadership for Student-Centered Learning Sustainability: Analysis, Findings and Lessons, and Recommendations. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation: 2017.
  • Hughes, D.M. and Hoover, M.. Nashville Opportunity Now 2017 SYEP Post-Program Survey Analysis. Nashville TN Nashville Career Advancement Center: 2017.
  • Hughes, Della M. and Kingsley, Chris. Nashville Opportunity NOW 2017 Summer Youth Employment Facilitator’s Curriculum Guide. Self: 2017.
  • Hughes, Della and Kingsley, Chris. Promising Outcomes of a Positive Youth Development Approach for Youth in Residential Care: Oasis Center’s Adaptation of Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® for Custody Youth in Residential Care in Tennessee. Waltham, MA Center for Youth and Communities: 2017.
  • Hughes, Della and Kingsley, Chris. Nellie Mae Education Foundation DLSC II District Logic Model Reflection and Revision: Analysis, Lessons and Trends, and Recommendations. Waltham, MA Center for Youth and Communities: 2016.
  • Lanspery, S. and Hughes, D.M.. "Homegrown partnerships that make a difference for youth.." Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S019339731500060X. (2016).
  • Curnan, Susan P.; Hughes, Della M.; Lanspery, Susan; Singleton, Sharon; LaCava, Lisa; O’Sullivan, Kate. Enough Is Known for Action! Ready to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth, Brandeis University Briefing, A Photo-Text Summary. Waltham The Center for Youth and Communities: 2015.
  • Curnan, Susan P.; Lanspery, Susan; Kingsley, Chris; LaCava, Lisa; Hughes, Della M.; Melchior, Alan. Practical Advice Guides: Smart Strategies to Employ, Educate and Support Youth in Employability Development Programs. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2015.
  • Erickson Warfield, M., Curnan, S.P., Lanspery, S., & Hughes, D. M. Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Past Challenges and Future Opportunities. Waltham, MA Center for Youth and Communities, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University: 2015.
  • Hughes, Della M., and Gutzebahl, Jenny. Creating Caring Communities for and with Youth Who Have Dropped Out or Are at Risk of Dropping Out of School: Year Five. Boston: The Center for Youth and Communities for The Hyams Foundation Teen Futures Initiative: 2015.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Colombo, Marie; Hughes, Laura A.; Plachta Elliott, Sara; Schneider-Munoz, Andy. "From Citywide to Neighborhood-based: Two Decades of Learning, Prioritization, and Strategic Action to Build the Skillman Foundation’s Youth Development Systems." The Foundation Review 6. 2 (2015): 95-113.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Singleton, Sharon; Gutzebahl, Jenny; Kingsley, Chris. Oasis Center Replication: Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program© Formative Evaluation. Waltham The Center for Youth and Communities: 2015.
  • Hughes, Della. CERG Threshold Congregation Self-Assessment: Analysis.. 2015.
  • LaCava, L., Lanspery, S., Curnan, S.P., & Hughes, D.M.. Employment for Youth with Trauma Histories: Lessons from Research and Practice. Waltham, MA Center for Youth and Communities, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University: 2015.
  • Lanspery, Susan; Hughes, Della M.. "Homegrown Partnerships Making a Difference for Youth." (2015).
  • Curnan, S.P., Lanspery, S. Kingsley, C., LaCava, L., Hughes, D. M., Melchior, A., & Perlmutter, A.. Practical Advice Guides: Smart Strategies to Employ, Educate and Support Youth in Employability Development Programs. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities and The Walmart Foundation: 2013.
  • Curnan, Susan; Lanspery, Susan; Kingsley, Chris; LaCava, Lisa; Hughes, Della; Melchior, Alan; Perlmutter, Anna. Practical Advice Guides: Smart Strategies to Employ, Educate and Support Youth in Employability Development Programs.. The Center for Youth and Communities for: 2013.
  • Curnan, Susan; Plachta Elliott, Sara; Relyon Media; Hughes, Della. Performance Monitoring Status: 2016 Goals, All Neighborhoods – A Performance Monitoring Dashboard for The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods Good Schools Initiative
  • Hughes, Della M.. CERG Threshold Congregation Pilot Self-Assessment: First Cohort Analysis. 2013.
  • Leavitt, T., Plachta Elliott, S. P., & Hughes, D. M.. Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, Northend, Osborn, and Southwest Neighborhoods Snapshots of the Systems of Supports and Opportunites. Detroit The Skillman Foundation: 2013.
  • Leavitt, Tom; Plachta Elliott; Hughes, Della. Brightmoor Neighborhood, Chadsey Condon Neighborhood, Cody Rouge Neighborhood, Northend Neighborhood, Osborn Neighborhood, Southwest Neighborhoods Snapshots of the Systems of Supports and Opportunities. Detroit, MI The Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2013.
  • Moldow, E., Pineros Shields, A., Dorhn, B., & Hughes, D.M.. Creating Caring Communities for and with Youth Who Have Dropped Out or Are at Risk of Dropping Out of School. Boston The Center for Youth and Communities for The Hyams Foundation Teen Futures Initiative: 2013.
  • Moldow, Erika; Leavitt, Tom; Hughes, Della. Snapshot from Artists For Humanity Year One Evaluation Report, September 2011 – September 2012. Waltham, MA The Center for Youth and Communities for Artists for Humanity: 2013.
  • Moldow, Erika; Pineros Shields, Alexandra; Dorhn, Blake; Hughes, Della. Creating Caring Communities for and with Youth Who Have Dropped Out or Are at Risk of Dropping Out of School. Boston, MA The Center for Youth and Communities for The Hyams Foundation Teen Futures Initiative: 2013.
  • Curnan, Susan; Hahn, Andrew; Bookman, Ann; Hughes, Della; Jacobs, claudia; Isenberg, Lanni; Rabinow, Lainey. Moving From Talk to Collective Action: Effective Strategies for Alleviating Hunger and Food Insecurity in America, A Report on Brandeis Research and Interviews with Members of the Corporate Coalition. Waltham, MA The Center for Youth and Communities and The Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy for the Corporate Coalition Fighting Hunger in America: 2012.
  • Hughes, Della M. Unitarian Universalist Association Living into Covenant Pilot Logic Model and Survey Report. Denver, CO 2012.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Curnan, Susan P.; LaCava, Lisa; Dursin, Sheri. Unitarian Universalist Association Leap of Faith Initiative Pilot First Cohort Evaluation Report. Boston, MA 2012.
  • Hughes, Della, LaCava, Lisa; Dursin, Sheri. Unitarian Universalist Association Leap of Faith Initiative Pilot Year Two Evaluation Report. Boston, MA 2012.
  • Hughes, Della; Bookman, Ann; Jacobs, Claudia; Leipsitz, Margaret. "Draft Plan for Expanding Participation In Snap and Implementing A Coalition Communications Plan.
  • Curnan, Susan P.; Hughes, Della M.; Lanspery, Susan (eds.). Resilience, Resolve, Results: A Compilation of Readiness Phase Studies of The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods and Good Schools Initiative, 2008-2010. Detroit, MI Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2011.
  • Curnan, Susan P.; Hughes, Della M.; Lanspery, Susan. From Tower to Ground: Systems and Policy Change in the Good Neighborhoods/Good Schools Initiative. Detroit, MI Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Curnan, Susan, P.. Unitarian Universalist Association Leap of Faith Initiative Pilot Logic Model. For the Unitarian Universalist Association: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Lanspery, Susan. Resilience, Resolve, Results: Background of the Readiness Phase of The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods and Good Schools Initiative. Detroit, MI Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Moldow, Erika; Lanspery, Susan. Changing the Odds for Kids: What Capacity Do Selected Basic Services in the Six Good Neighborhoods Provide for Young People and Their Families?. Detroit, MI Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Moldow, Erika; Lanspery, Susan. Changing the Odds for Kids: What Capacity Do the Supports and Opportunities in the Six Good Neighborhoods Provide for Young People and What Characteristics of a System Are in Place?. Detroit, MI Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Moldow, Erika; Lanspery, Susan; J.F. Morgan Associates. Building Neighborhood Capacities to Support Youth and Families in the Good Neighborhoods and Good Schools Initiative. Detroit, MI Center for Youth and Communities for The Skillman Foundation: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Pineros Shields, Alexandra; Moldow, Erika. The Hyams Foundation Teen Futures Initiative Year Two Report. Boston, MA Center for Youth and Communities: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M.; Pineros-Shields, Alexandra; Moldow, Eriks; Khera, Gagan. The Hyams Foundation Teen Futures Initiative Year One Report. For The Hyams Foundation: 2011.
  • Hughes, Della M., Prue Brown, Marie Colombo. The Skillman Foundation’s Theory of Change and Ecological Model. for The Skillman Foundation. Detroit MI: 2010.
  • Hughes, Della M., Susan P. Curnan, Gagan Mia Khera, Jane Morgan, Sujata Shetty. Brightmoor Alliance Profile, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance Profile, Chadsey/Condon Community Organization Profile, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance Profile, North End-Central Woodward Community Governance Council Profile. For The Skillman Foundation Good Neighbohoods Initiative. Waltham, MA: 2010.
  • Hughes, Della M., Gagan Mia Khera, Susan Lanspery, Jane Morgan, Sujata Shetty. Action Planning Report, Changemaking Report, Context Study, Governance Report, Leadership Capacity Development Report; Small Grants Report; Initial Good Neighborhoods Readiness Phase Implementation Evaluation Synthesis Report. For The Skillman Foundation Good Neighbohoods Initiative. Waltham, MA: 2009.
  • Hughes, Della M., Gagan Mia Khera, Susan Lanspery, Jane Morgan, Sujata Shetty. Brightmoor Neighborhood Report, Chadsey Condon Neighborhood Report, Cody Rouge Neighborhood Report, Northend Neighborhood Report, Osborn Neighborhood Report, Southwest Neighborhoods Report. For The Skillman Foundation Good Neighbohoods Initiative. Waltham, MA: 2009.
  • Hughes, Della M., Gagan Mia Khera. Helping Families Improve Child Outcomes: The Family Support Initiative of the United Way Of Rhode Island. For the United Way of Rhode Island. Waltham, MA: 2009.
  • Hughes, Della M., Susan Lanspery, Chris Kingsley, Lee Farrow, Julia Kirst, Tammy Tai. Networking to Make a Difference: A Practitioner’s Guide to Developing a Sustainable Youth Workers’ Alliance. For Health Resources in Action and the South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers' Alliance. Waltham, MA: 2009.
  • Hughes, Della M., Susan Lanspery, Chris Kingsley, Tracy Cutter. Training and Networking: Encouraging News: A Report on the Outcomes of the Collaboration between the BEST Youth Worker Certificate Training and the South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers Alliance. For Health Resources in Action and South End Lower/Roxbury Youth Workers' Alliance. Waltham, MA: 2009.
  • Hughes, Della M., Tracy Cutter, Chris Kingsley. Evaluation Report: Creative Transitions Initiative. For the Hampshire Educational Collective, MA Department of Youth Services and MA Cultural Council. Waltham, MA: 2009.