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Key Capstone Presentation

  1. 1. Mollie Foust Sports, Service, Ethics, and Academics: A Multifaceted Approach to Youth Empowerment
  2. 2. <ul><li>Involved in education groups on campus (ED Alliannce, UR Tours Jr., etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Studied abroad in Kenya and connected with MYSA </li></ul><ul><li>Learned about ROC E6 program in Rochester </li></ul>The Idea
  3. 3. Youth Profile <ul><li>According to the Children's Agenda, in 2007, 230 after-school programs served 8,000 children from ages 5 through 17 in Monroe County. That's just 6.2% of youth in that age group. </li></ul><ul><li>A 2007 inventory of all Rochester afterschool programs confirmed that </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>93% of afterschool programs offer athletic activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>88% of afterschool programs offer some form of academic assistance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>0% of academic programs target athletes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4% of those who participate in sports programs also attended academic assistance programs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>RCSD is home to over 34,000 youth </li></ul><ul><li>50% of schools at 90% poverty or higher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest poverty rate among NYS Big 5 districts per capita </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student performance declines between 4th and 8th grade among those who were meeting standards in 4th grade. </li></ul>Youth Profile: Academics Sources: RCSD website, The Rochester City School District: A Framework for Reform, and Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning 45% 45% 28% 29% 43% 51% 17% 20%
  5. 5. <ul><li>The goals of the Flower City Academy™ are to: </li></ul><ul><li>Increase literacy and math skills, academic achievement and test scores of urban youth recreational athletes </li></ul><ul><li>Empower youth to gain self-esteem and the ability to set meaningful goals </li></ul><ul><li>Establish positive adult relationships with the youth </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a safe alternative during the afterschool hours for youth </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate connections between skills learned through sports and skills needed for academic success </li></ul>Goals
  6. 6. Overview <ul><li>Flower City Academy™ </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based non-profit academic-empowerment program </li></ul><ul><li>Serves urban youth recreational athletes in Rochester, NY. </li></ul><ul><li>In November 2008, Flower City Academy™ partnered with Flower City Soccer League (FCSL) and the Rochester Parks and Recreation Department to pilot the program in three locations. </li></ul><ul><li>What sets the Flower City Academy™ apart from other tutoring and empowerment programs is the integrative and comprehensive curriculum that specifically targets urban recreational youth athletes. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost is free to athletes who are registered in a city recreational league. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Originally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wanted to be integrated into schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wanted an education program with sports component </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School District </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul>Challenges
  8. 8. <ul><li>Partnered with FCSL for support and youth access </li></ul><ul><li>Researched and benchmarked similar programs and best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Developed tutoring and ethics curriculum, coaching manual, tutoring manual </li></ul><ul><li>Secured three sites for pilot program: SWAN, Flint St. Rec Center, and Bulls Head Gym </li></ul>Accomplishments: Beginning
  9. 9. <ul><li>Recruited at UR as well as community and other local colleges for coaches and tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Managed over 40 volunteers (including large portion of UR Men’s Varsity Soccer Team) </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated a New Coach Orientation Training Session as well as separate Tutor Training sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Served as link between FCSL and volunteers </li></ul>Accomplishments: Volunteers
  10. 10. <ul><li>Wrote and received grant from United Way of Greater Rochester for $1,200 for tutor transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote and submitted $30,000 grant to City of Rochester Youth Bureau for fiscal year 2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Helped create league financial statements </li></ul><ul><li>Presented progress report at Quad-A for Kids Annual meeting identifying uses of $50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Fronted about $1,000 of own money for supplies </li></ul>Accomplishments: Funding
  11. 11. <ul><li>Three sites successfully completed 12-week pilots of program </li></ul><ul><li>Attended and facilitated each session along with tutors </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained 1:2 ratio of tutor to youth </li></ul>Accomplishments: Tutoring
  12. 12. <ul><li>Over forty youth attended the Flower City Academy™ at least two days a week </li></ul><ul><li>Clearer communication between all aspects of FCSL organization </li></ul><ul><li>In exit interviews, youth identified soccer positively with learning and academics </li></ul><ul><li>Tutors noted an increase in teamwork and behavioral skills </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches and tutors maintained positive relationships with city youth and developed more awareness of issues facing Rochester youth </li></ul>Accomplishments: Results
  13. 13. <ul><li>Developed six internship positions to maintain growth of league and program sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Helped form Strategic Plan committee for FCSL </li></ul><ul><li>Kept organized records of actions for future </li></ul><ul><li>Created feasibility plan for possible expansion </li></ul>Accomplishments: Sustainability
  14. 14. <ul><li>emails and phone calls are not effective </li></ul><ul><li>every interaction counts </li></ul><ul><li>you will always miss things </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs can be very tricky to work with </li></ul><ul><li>it is a work in progress: you do not need to have all the answers or everything planned out before you begin </li></ul>What I Wish I Knew
  15. 15. Thank You!

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