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Final KEY capstone presentation; May 2009

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