Richard Goll, co-founder and principal officer of R&C Associates, dba as Onsite-Insights, has close to 40 years of experience in the field of youth development, with the last 18 focusing on youth and adult partnerships and youth engagement and the last 7 on helping communities create children, youth and family master plans. From 1973 to his retirement in 2001, Mr. Goll was Chief Executive Officer of Alternatives, Inc., a not-for-profit youth development organization in Hampton, Virginia, specializing in youth engagement and the creation of youth and adult partnerships. During this time, he guided the agency through many phases, each of which has been recognized for excellence at a local, state, and national level.
From the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Mr. Goll was responsible for the development and implementation of substance abuse treatment and prevention services in Maine, New York, and Virginia. In 1985, Alternatives, Inc. was recognized as the premier adolescent school-based substance abuse prevention service in the country. Also during this time, he co-founded and was a president of the Virginia Association of Drug and Alcohol Programs. He was instrumental in the development of the original certification process for Virginia's substance abuse counselors and served on a White House Commission studying national policy governing substance abuse services for youth.
In the early 1990s he guided the Alternatives’ organization from substance abuse specific work into the field of youth development. He also was one of the chief architects for the youth civic engagement initiative in Hampton. This initiative was recently awarded Harvard's 2005 Innovations in American Government Award. When he retired, Alternatives Inc. was providing 34 different services that served as laboratories and research efforts for determining the most effective youth development, youth and adult partnership or youth engagement practices.
Currently he speaks and trains across the country on topics including youth master planning, youth engagement, youth and adult partnerships and organizational visioning and culture. He serves as a trainer and curriculum specialist for Search Institute, and consults with school districts, city governments, foundations and commissions, as well as local, regional, state, and national service organizations. He has authored or assisted in the development and publication of numerous articles, manuals, and curricula.
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