FALL 2011 NEWSLETTER
THE EDUCATION PIPELINE EDITION THE PRE-K THROUGH POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION PIPELINE
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Colleagues, In 2011-2012, we will be focusing on the efforts of Massachusetts Campus Compact member institutions using civic engagement to help ensure that a quality education, from pre-school through college and beyond, is an attainable goal for all. This initiative will raise the visibility of MACC and its members, build support for the programs that work well, and serve as a focal point for convening and mobilizing the MACC network. In addition, we will be inaugurating a special online Education Pipeline Resource Center which will allow our members to find programs by institution, issues/specialties, geographic areas of service, and population served (grades/ ages). You will find examples of great models in this newsletter of how MACC institutions are addressing the “Pre-K through Postsecondary Education Pipeline.” Yours in Service, Barbara Canyes
MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA As a part of Massachusetts Campus Compact’s initiative to focus on civic engagement programs that support the pre-K through post-secondary education pipeline, the MACC AmeriCorps *VISTA program has narrowed its focus to two goals: partnerships for education and partnerships for economic opportunity. With a majority of MACC VISTA’s host site campuses focusing on utilizing VISTAs to support campus-community partnerships for education, many MACC VISTAs are developing and sustaining programs that support the pre-K through post-secondary education pipeline. Ginelle McKenzie, a second year VISTA serving at Lasell College, has actively worked with Lasell’s ACES Early College Awareness Program (Access, Confidence, Education, Success) over her past two years as a MACC VISTA. The goal of the ACES program is to help fifth and sixth grade students at
the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS) become more aware of opportunities a college education offers, understand financial aid and scholarships, and learn about the
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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA, continued from page 1 social responsibility and facilitate exploration of possible careers working with youth. This civic engagement program connects fifth and sixth graders with 12-16 college students along the pre-K through post secondary pipeline, developing a mutually beneficial relationship between Lasell College students and the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS). Over the years, the ACES program has proven to be an extremely successful program for all parties involved and has continued to grow. During the 2010-2011 academic year, over 200 BRCPS students were able to receive an in-class lesson about college and attend a field trip to Lasell to participate in a Campus Visit. During their visit, the students were able to attend educational activities which included: college courses, campus tours, eating in the cafeteria, speaking on the Lasell College radio station and interacting with college
students in various ways. Over this next academic year, the estimated number of BRCPS students has increased to 250 students for a total of 5 Campus Visits in the fall. Additionally, Ginelle has already had multiple conversations with other partners, including Boston Boys and Girls Club and Science Club for Girls, who are interested in pursuing more campus visits for their programs. At Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), MACC AmeriCorps* VISTA, Kristina Barger, is focusing on program development to support the success of the post-secondary education groups along the pipeline. For example, Kristina is expanding BFIT’s leadership development program to be more accessible to the college’s largely commuter and non-traditional student population. This program is designed to develop leadership skills and to offer a holistic approach to leadership education by combining workshops with campus activities, leadership positions, and community
involvement. Students must attend monthly leadership workshops, engage in activities on campus, as well as complete a set number of community service hours during the academic year. This leadership development program helps students to develop more marketable skills for the job market and also fosters students’ commitment and connection to BFIT, increasing the likelihood of their attaining a degree. These two program examples highlight the range of populations along the preK through post secondary pipeline that the MACC AmeriCorps VISTA program supports. Aligned with MACC’s new focus, as the year unfolds, MACC VISTAs will be serving almost every population along the pipeline, developing campus community partnerships that support the preparation, pursuit, and persistence of post secondary educational goals.
AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service The Waltham Group at Brandeis University and the Waltham Public Schools have developed a solid foundation for mutual learning and partnerships. Via seven student led volunteer programs , the two have partnered to provide valuable resources to improve the education and quality of life for local youth. Junior Brandeis Achievers (J.B.A.) provides free after school programming for Stanley Elementary School and Plympton Elementary School students one day each week. Every semester a variety of clubs are led by Brandeis volunteers, which children sign up for according to their interests. These clubs actively engage youth in activities such as sports, writing, art, dance, theater, science, among others. An astounding 250 youth participate in the program each week. Brandeis’ Afternoon Enrichment buses students from Kennedy and McDevitt Middle Schools to Brandeis from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. Students spend the first hour with
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their peers and tutors doing a fun and educational group activity and the second hour with their individual tutors and mentors doing homework. A similar program, Language and Cultural Enrichment (LaCE) has a similar mission, but enrolls middle school students who are English Language Learners. As one dives into the academic success of students enrolled in the Waltham Public Schools, Brandeis offers a Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S) program which places Brandeis student volunteers in local Waltham
Public Schools where they are placed in classrooms for one hour per week. At the elementary schools, students who need extra help and attention are referred to the “Homework T.I.P.S.” program, which runs at various times in the afternoon. Volunteers help students with their homework in small groups and engage in enrichment activities. As many of our families and volunteers have unique schedules and needs, Brandeis’ General Tutoring programs offers free tutoring for any youth enrolled in the Waltham Public Schools. Parents are responsible CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service, continued from page 2 for pick up and drop off at Brandeis during a time that mutually match the needs of the family and Brandeis volunteer. This year the General Tutoring program is expanding to offer PSAT/SAT/ACT study prep and currently has about 100 participants actively participating. Each of these programs offers a unique service, but all help to promote student success. Although costly, Brandeis is intentional to host many of our grassroots youth programs on our campus. The programs have an
underlining mission of making college seem like a reality for youth. As students experience the various clubs and organizations on our campus, visit our radio and TV station, and see students studying through the library the programs aim to inspire youth to develop passions of their own. Each of these programs is 100% run by Brandeis student leaders. They are responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of all volunteers, maintaining program budget, formulating enriching curriculum,
address discipline issues and risk management concerns, offering reflections, managing transportation, and attend frequently meetings with community partners to assess community need and program missions. Through these service programs and 13 others, Brandeis has been recognized as a true partner in the Waltham community. Our students make connections both on and off campus eliminating the separation of ‘campus’ and ‘Waltham.’
Commonwealth Corps This summer Massachusetts Campus Compact collaborated with the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Commonwealth Corps Commission to pilot a program engaging Commonwealth Corps members with middle-school aged youth. The goal of the program was to engage middle school students in service-learning and academic support activities in order to reduce summer learning loss, promote civic involvement and nurture interest in attending college. The program involved 15 partnerships throughout the state. Each partnership included at least one community organization and at least one higher education institution. Programs began as early as April and continued through August. The program mobilized 94 Commonwealth Corps members working with 1,640 middle school students and represented over 28,000 hours of community engagement.
Programs represented a wide range of approaches for engaging the youth involved, from those focused on art, to the environment, to youth entrepreneurship. Although the specifics varied, programs typically involved 4-8 weeks of direct work with middle school youth for anywhere from 20-40 hours per week, with Commonwealth Corps members spending additional ...time for training and program administration. In the spirit of promoting college awareness, many programs brought the youth involved to the partnering college campus weekly or even daily. Some sites took the opportunity to expand on established programs, often by adding service learning and college awareness components to their work with middle school youth, while others created new programs.
A list of the Commonwealth Corps sites is below. • • •
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence Bristol Community College City of Cambridge, Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time Initiative • College of the Holy Cross • Crossroads for Kids • Framingham State University • Holyoke Community College • Massachusetts College of Art and Design • Middlesex Community College • Mount Wachusett Community College • Northeastern University • Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc. • Sociedad Latina, Inc. • The Bernon Center for Public Service at Babson College • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Summer Associates 2011 During the summer of 2011, MACC collaborated with the Corporation for National and Community Service to place 12 AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associates at five MACC member campuses. Dubbed the College Positive Corps by MACC, these 12 VISTAs spent the summer working to build on-campus and community partnerships, strengthen student support systems and foster a campus-wide commitment to access and success for all students. Their efforts combined both direct service at community organizations and capacity building work at their host campus. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Summer Associates 2011, continued from page 3 The overall theme for the program was how to promote a college positive culture in campus/community partnerships. Being college positive involves helping advocates, college students, and administrators be aware of how they influence college enthusiasm and readiness in the students they interact with as they
The five Summer Associate sites were:
work in local communities and within schools. During the eight weeks the program ran, it provided direct service to 450 youth, support for over 1,400 current college students and outreach efforts to over 5,000 community members and families.
Lasell College Mount Holyoke College Stonehill College University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
ABOUT MACC Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) is a nonprofit coalition of college and university presidents committed to developing the civic skills of students, building partnerships with the community, and integrating civic engagement with teaching and research.
MACC MEMBERS American International College Amherst College Anna Maria College Assumption College Atlantic Union College Babson College Bay Path College Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bentley University* Berklee College of Music* Berkshire Community College* Boston University Brandeis University Bridgewater State University Bristol Community College Bunker Hill Community College Cape Cod Community College Clark University College of the Holy Cross Emerson College* Emmanuel College* Endicott College Fitchburg State University Framingham State University
Gordon College Hampshire College* Harvard University Holyoke Community College Lasell College* Lesley University* Massachusetts Bay Community College Massachusetts College of Art & Design Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massasoit Community College Merrimack College Middlesex Community College* Mount Holyoke College* Mount Ida College Mount Wachusett Community College* New England Institute of Art North Shore Community College Northeastern University Northern Essex Community College Pine Manor College* Quinsigamond Community College Regis College*
Roxbury Community College Salem State University School of the Museum of Fine Arts Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Simmons College* Smith College Springfield College Stonehill College* Suffolk University* Tufts University* University of Massachusetts, Amherst* University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of Massachusetts Medical School Wellesley College Wentworth Institute of Technology Western New England University Wheaton College* Wheelock College* Williams College Worcester State University *founding member
Mount Wachusett Community College Daniel Asquino, President, Melissa Fama, Vice President of Academic Affairs Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Mary Grant, President Greenfield Community College Robert Pura, President Wheelock College Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President
Mount Holyoke College Lynn Pasquerella, President
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Salem State University Beth Bower, Special Assistant for External Affairs Wentworth Institute of Technology Zorica Pantic, President UMass Boston Steven Neville, Special Assistant to Chancellor
Bridgewater State University Michele Wakin, Executive Assistant
UMass Dartmouth Jean MacCormack, Chancellor