Best Practices

We identify and promote the adoption of urban squash’s ‘best practices’ through the sharing of information and ideas, metric-based evaluations of member programs, and targeted financial incentives.

Information Sharing
We organize staff retreats, distribute a Best Practices Handbook, conduct surveys of staff and board members of member programs, and manage staff committees focused on topics such as academics, college prep and support, communications and development, and squash.

Metric-Based Evaluations
We conduct metric-based evaluations of our member programs. Each year, member programs submit a report about key program information, enabling NUSEA to provide guidance to its member organizations. Subjects in the annual reports include board giving, high school and college placements, cost per student, squash rankings, and more.

Professional Development
We encourage member program staff members to visit other NUSEA member programs to learn from one another and further develop relationships across organizations. To offset travel costs, NUSEA will subsidize up to $300 per trip – the first $100 is covered in full, and costs thereafter are split between the visiting staff member’s program and NUSEA. In order to be eligible for a travel subsidy, staff members must commit to spending a full working day with the host program and to completing a one-page report for NUSEA and the host program to review. Staff members must request approval for the subsidy before the trip takes places. For details, see the link below and contact NUSEA with any questions.

Staff Travel Fund