The Resource Center provides high quality resources and assistance to organizations interested in designing, implementing, evaluating and improving SOS programs.Some of the goals of the SOSRC is to:Create college access- and success-focused resources that employ “Summer of Service” as a strategy to increase college awareness and readiness for low-income, at-risk middle-school youth. Address one of the key challenges facing the service-learning community – the need for consistent, reliable data on program implementation and impact. Increase support for the SOS concept among policymakers, educators, youth advocates, private funders and other stakeholders at the district, state and national levels to support the expansion of SOS programming for at-risk youth. Raise awareness of SOS and promote SOS programming as an effective practice by networking with other organizations, like America’s Promise, the Afterschool Alliance, Association of Middle School Principals, and national NGOs such as Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA youth programs.
SOS Resource Center is an important part of how ICP implements SOS as a strategy for access and success in postsecondary education.
Each of these 7 components of the RC are integral in helping ICP achieve its mission. We’re always working to improve the Resource Center to ensure that local and national organizations and school systems have resources for creating high quality programs for at-risk youth.
Visitors to the RC can use our improved platform to find items in the categories above as well as on program management, SOS program examples and research.This list of categories will increase as our offerings become more diverse. (next slide for screenshot)
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The Program Design Toolkit is a multi-module toolkit to assist practitioners in the field with planning and implementing SOS programsIt also includes modules on increasing the academic and college prep content of SOS programs.The Evaluation Toolkit is designed to provide local programs with a basic understanding of evaluation methods as well as a set of instruments/tools that can be used by practitioners to assess their SOS programs and program impacts.
YSA America's Promise Featured Communities Webinar
Webinar #1 Agenda<br /><ul><li> Welcome and Introductions
Summer of Service</li></li></ul><li>America’s Promise Alliance Professional Development Plan<br />Stage One: CEC will conduct a needs assessments of participants in the 12 Featured Communities professional development to identify the challenges they face as they integrate and sustain quality service-learning in their schools and communities. We will also determine the criteria for participants to be selected to engage in the National Forum.<br />Stage Two: Three webinars will be held during April and May to respond to participants’ needs and increase their understanding of school climate, effective leadership to support and sustain quality service-learning. These webinars will engage SEANet members and will be open to participants from each of the 12 Featured Community trainings, including teachers and administrators who are working to advance service-learning in their school.<br />
America’s Promise Alliance Professional Development Plan<br />Stage Three: Participants will be encouraged to join a professional learning community associated with the Go To Service-Learning.Com web site and infrastructure that provides a space for participants in the webinars to share the implementation experiences, reflect on lessons learned and create a collaborative environment in which new ideas are nurtured.<br />Following participation in each webinar, participants will be asked to submit a written reflection activity which will guide planning and capacity building at the local level. Successful completion of the webinar series and subsequent reflection will be required in order to be eligible to attend the National Forum.<br />
America’s Promise Alliance Professional Development Plan<br /> Stage Four: The National Forum, June 23 – 25 in Washington, DC, will further develop local leadership by building upon the skill set developed over the course of the past year through the in-person trainings, online webinars, and professional learning community interactions. Participants will engage in a series of activities that will meet the identified needs related to the critical elements for sustainability: vision and leadership, curriculum and assessment, professional development, school-community collaborations, and continuous improvement. In addition they will have access to national and local service-learning leaders and organizations.<br />
Youth Service America:<br />Resources and Opportunities for Service-Learning<br />Susan AbravanelYouth Service America<br />
YSA’s Goals<br />"Together we can - and we will - prepare children and youth for college, work and life." <br />Gen. Colin Powell<br />Student Achievement<br />Workforce Readiness<br />Stronger Communities<br />
Semester of Service<br />semester-long service-learning experience <br />launches on MLK Day<br />culminates on Global Youth Service Day<br />
Semester of Service Goals<br />a semester of service-learning that includes at least 70 hours of youth engagement with:<br />authentic, sustainable, and long-term service goals designed to make a significant community impact; <br />related, intentional academic or curricular goals designed to help young people learn.<br />
Background Information<br /><ul><li>ICP’s report – “Summer of Service: A New American Rite of Passage” at www.icicp.org/sosreport
ICP proposed “Summer of Service” as a new American rite of passage for middle school students to engage in high quality, intensive service-learning activities during summer months.</li></li></ul><li>The SOS Resource Center<br />a comprehensivesite for resources and informationabout Summer of Service (SOS)<br />www.icicp.org/sosrc <br />
The Resource Center is…comprehensive <br />Searchable Resource Center Database<br />News Updates In The Field<br />SOS Program Locator<br />Program Insights<br />Program Design Toolkit<br />Evaluation Toolkit<br />SOS College Access Materials<br />www.icicp.org/sosrc<br />
Program Insights<br />Featured on the Resource Center<br />Narrative and multimedia presentations of on successful SOS programs<br />Pilot versions coming soon<br />More from Summer 2010<br />www.icicp.org/sosrc<br />
Program Design and Evaluation Toolkits<br /><ul><li>Program Design Toolkit - will assist practitioners in the field with designing and implementing SOS programs</li></ul>Evaluation Toolkit - will provide local programs with a basic understanding of evaluation methods and reliable tools for generating assessment data and better evidence of program effectiveness<br />SOS Emerging Perspectives – Logic model and Quality Elements for SOS Programming - COMING SOON!<br />www.icicp.org/sosrc<br />
SOS and College Access<br />Partnership with KnowHow2Go through the Lumina Foundation for Education<br />http://www.knowhow2go.org/<br />