Clarissa Mejia with YSS

Summary

Clarissa worked with the Post-Secondary Education Retention Program (PSERP), a program through Iowa Youth Homeless Center and YSS, which helps low-income, at risk of homelessness and/or first generation college students, focus on their studies as well as become more involved in their community. Her work focused on implementing a student engagement component to the program that works to make community involvement more accessible to working students. Through this, the goal is for students to gain the skills and experience they need to begin their careers post-graduation. Clarissa helped develop a kickoff workshop for participants, and compiled volunteer resources to be used throughout the year.

Overview

  • Surveyed career and life interests of program participants
  • Researched barriers to engagement for students who face barriers to adapt program accordingly
  • Coordinated a year of workshops, guest speakers, and community partnerships

Impact

20-40 youth with goal to scale over time


Articles written by Clarissa

Elliott Copeland with Fiver Children's Foundation

Summary

Elliott worked to raise health awareness in youth at Camp Fiver that they could bring back to life in New York City. The goal of his work was to help youth participants understand the various components of healthy living and why it is important. He did this by creating a curriculum for a cooking class where youth experimented making healthy snacks together. Elliott also created a curriculum for the sports programming. He implemented both these curriculums throughout the summer. Finally, he helped obtain new and safe athletics equipment for participants in future years at Camp Fiver.

Overview

  • Researched comparable health and fitness education programs to develop Camp Fiver cooking and sports curriculum
  • Coordinated and facilitated youth cooking classes, sports sessions, and dialogue with youth about various aspects of health

Impact

400 youth estimated across Camp Fiver


Articles written by Elliott

Casie Keegan with Fiver Children's Foundation

Summary

Casie developed and implemented a gardening curriculum, advocated for composting at Camp Fiver, and developed and implemented an onsite camping program. Through these programs, youth participants at Camp Fiver had the opportunity to expand their knowledge of environmental sustainability and become stewards of the environment. Additionally, through the different Fiver Environmental Education programs, youth participants had the opportunity to learn and spend time in a setting different from those they are primarily exposed to in urban communities

Overview

  • Researched comparable environmental education programs to develop Camp Fiver gardening and camping curriculum
  • Facilitated and iterated garden workshops and led overnight camping expeditions with groups of youth
  • Coordinated with camp staff to ensure incorporation of garden produce in meal-times

Impact

400 youth estimated across Camp Fiver


Hazel Flores with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland

Summary

Hazel’s project primarily focused on family engagement for new and existing Club families. It involved collecting feedback from Club leadership staff at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland as well as other staff involved in the family engagement and coordination process. She focused on resource development in the form of a physical parent handbook and conduct rules. She developed the handbook by working with staff to develop clear information and guidelines on organizational policies and services available to youth. She also started the process of coordinating an overnight event at the Oregon Zoo called the ZooSnooze.

Overview

  • Researched different forms of family outreach and engagement systems
  • Collected feedback from Club leadership and program staff
  • Examined possible resources to create and draft parent handbook with feedback from staff throughout the process

Impact

3,000 youth and families over the span of one year


Articles written by Hazel

Joie Probst with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa

Summary

Joie’s project goal focused on measuring and enhancing Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa’s health & wellness program called Triple Play while also providing more structure and cohesion across the 5 area Club sites. This was accomplished through observations of each Club site & an organization-wide youth & staff survey. The survey results were then analyzed, which Joie used to create recommendations to improve Triple Play for the upcoming program year and into the future.

Overview

  • Observed current Triple Play programming and research similar health/wellness youth programs
  • Surveyed youth & staff on Triple Play
  • Made programmatic recommendations based on data from youth & staff feedback
  • Piloted a middle school swimming program

Impact

1500 youth over the span of one program year


Articles written by Joie

Alex Adams with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Summary

Alex was placed with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa to work with a program called Opportunities for Post-Secondary Success (OPS). This program is focused on helping high schoolers build skills needed for life after high school. The goal is to allow youth to build an arsenal of skills, and overcome any obstacles they might have in front of them to get a job, move through application processes, and attend college. Additionally, the program will help them develop life skills they need to have for life after high school graduation.

Overview

  • Created systems for enrollment and incentives for youth to stay engaged from 8th grade to post-graduation
  • Surveyed needs and desires of the participants of program
  • Coordinated and developed workshops and speakers for one year of program based on survey results

Impact

30 youth projected to enroll over one year period


Articles written by Alex

Denisha Renovales with YSS

Summary

Denisha helped coordinate and execute an annual community event, Risky Business Action Summit, which is designed to engage and equip youth and adults to create change in their community. A large part of Denisha’s work involved outreach and recruiting youth and adult teams. She created a resource guide for attendees to provide continued guidance and support after the event, covering topics such as capacity and team building.

Overview

  • Assisted in the planning and execution of the 2017 Risky Business Action Summit
  • Performed outreach and recruited youth and adults to attend
  • Served as a mentor for attendees during and after the Summit
  • Located resources to provide attendees and created a comprehensive Resource Guide
  • Analyzed data from event surveys to determine strengths and areas in need of improvement for future summits

Impact

120 youth and adult community members


Articles written by Denisha

Nathaly Arias with Fiver Children's Foundation

Summary

Nathaly worked with Fiver Children’s Foundation to build a structure that would coordinate alumni engagement efforts and new programming. As an alumni of Fiver’s 10-year program herself, she began by testing out new projects/events and updating contact information to reach the largest number of alumni possible. She also helped to coordinate an annual gathering called Alumni Week, and the induction ceremony to celebrate incoming alumni/graduates of the 10-year program.

Overview

  • Wrote and conducted survey to better understand the needs and challenges that alumni face
  • Created alumni care packages for incoming alumni/recent graduates of program
  • Set up contact databases for alumni school and work information
  • Helped coordinate week of engagement events including an Alumni Dinner, Alumni Induction Ceremony and Bowling Night

Impact

120 alumni and recent program graduates

Articles written by Nathaly

Jarlisa Corbett with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland

Summary

Jarlisa focused on assessing, improving, and expanding BGCP’s teen leadership and civic engagement recognition program, Youth of the Year. This includes communicating changes across Club sites, developing staff buy-in, and using highlights from the program to market it to members, families and the community. Jarlisa also worked closely with teen Youth of the Year nominees to ensure that they were prepared for celebratory event speeches.

Overview

  • Met with staff to learn about past programs and vision for future
  • Conducted informal interviews with teens to incorporate youth voice
  • Surveyed teen candidates following the YOY celebration on their experiences
  • Gathered program timelines from clubs across the US to create a program guide for BGCP to adopt
  • Compiled and designed tools/resources based on program needs

Impact

At least 25 young adults every year


Articles written by Jarlisa