Northern Arizona University
Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University (NAU) provides an outstanding undergraduate education strengthened by research, graduate, and professional programs, and sophisticated methods of distance education delivery. NAU values excellence in education, student success, educational access, diversity, integrity, civility and service. The university offers nearly 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and serves approximately 25,000 students at its main campus in Flagstaff, at more than 30 locations statewide, and online. NAU is committed to serving rural Arizona by providing economic, cultural, and social opportunities.
Housed at NAU, the Civic Service Institute (CSI) mobilizes generations to strengthen communities through service and volunteerism. CSI provides the largest, most diverse and effective pool of volunteers to meet the needs of communities and neighborhoods throughout Arizona. CSI requests $47,956 in federal funding to support 96 RSVP volunteers in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz Counties in southeastern Arizona. The CNCS investment will be supplemented by $11,126 in foregone indirect funding.
Volunteers' Primary Focus Area will be Education. CSI will place twenty RSVP volunteers in approximately ten K-12 schools, over a three-year period, to tutor 300 students who have special or exceptional needs or come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Volunteers will work one-on-one or in small groups with children who are struggling with educational skills. We anticipate that 225 (or 75% of) students tutored by RSVP volunteers will report improved academic performance in literacy and/or math. CSI will also place an additional 20 RSVP volunteers in approximately ten Head Start centers to work with a different group of 300 children over the three year period who have special or exceptional needs or come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We anticipate that 195 (or 65% of) children assisted by RSVP volunteers in Head Start centers will demonstrate gains in school readiness in terms of social/emotional development.