Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Safe Passages, Oakland Unified School District, San Lorenzo Unified School District, and Youth Ventures JPA are working together to coordinate resources and enact policy to improve the health and well-being of children, youth, and their families living in Oakland and San Lorenzo, California with the support of AmeriCorps members from the Elev8 Youth Program. A high percentage of residents in Oakland and San Lorenzo live in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty, violence and striking health disparities. Further, similarly to youth in other urban areas, both Oakland and San Lorenzo youth experience low academic achievement, high drop out rates and high levels of involvement in the juvenile justice system. Building on an integrated site-based academic support, health, and family engagement model, the Elev8 youth program proposes to serve 270 students and families in several Oakland and two San Lorenzo, California middle schools with intensive academic tutoring and mentoring to the highest need students. Support from AmeriCorps Members will expand the existing program services to reach a broader number of schools and students in economically distressed communities. The AmeriCorps Members will provide academic tutoring and structured mentoring activities including conflict resolution training in addition to family support and outreach opportunities that will increase volunteerism and community involvement in targeted urban areas most in need. Short term goals for academic tutoring include student re-engagement in school showing improved attendance and academic improvement. Short-term goals for mentoring activities include: developing a menu of structured enrichment activities for AmeriCorps Members, mentees and parents; recruit, train, and retain AmeriCorps members; increase protective factors of targeted youth; recruiting and training program volunteers. Intermediate and long-term goals for tutoring are to increase academic performance. For mentoring, goals include: expansion of partnerships with local universities for recruitment and training; increase pro-social behavior; reduce involvement in the juvenile justice system; increase volunteerism and community engagement; develop a trained volunteers corps of tutors and mentors. A range of evaluation activities will measure gals and objectives to capture the number of mentor/mentee contacts, on-going review of student's school records and AmeriCorps member retention and satisfaction.