Contact Information

44 Gough St
Ste 206
San Francisco, CA 94103 - 5424
(415) 864-2098
AmeriCorps National Direct FY 2014

Executive Summary

826 National is seeking the service of nine AmeriCorps members to build the organization's capacity to serve disadvantaged students in eight urban areas across the country where we have writing/tutoring centers. During the 2012-13 fiscal/school year, these centers served nearly 30,000 K-12 students, offering 4,000 distinct free programs with the assistance of 5,000 active volunteers. The organization proposes two AmeriCorps members working at the National office in San Francisco, focusing on community assessment and replication, marketing, and the store and retails operations that support our free programs. Additionally, 826 National proposes deploying seven AmeriCorps members to work directly in our centers in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Ann Arbor/Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C., to provide for the sustainability of volunteer recruitment, training, and retention efforts; conduct development activities; and support in-school and on-site program expansion efforts to broaden access for underserved students in these cities.

The project goals and activities for the two AmeriCorps members working in the 826 National office will be to:

Use the organization's community rubric to identify other cities/potential sites, chart and catalog international groups (there are a dozen international cities already providing 826-inspired programming), create an annual brochure of 826 publications (some of which directly pay costs for our free programs) and centralize marketing/distribution, add a digital component to 826-produced curriculum books for parents and educators, and strengthen infrastructure across our retail stores that generate essential program support.

The project goals of the seven AmeriCorps members working at our centers across the country will be to:

Provide high-quality one-on-one tutoring, unique creative writing opportunities, and in-class support for underserved children in the specified urban areas. This project will build the organization's capacity by developing and deepening our volunteer recruitment, management, and retention systems; helping diversify and enlarge these centers' base of supporters; and enable our centers to expand programs to serve more students in their areas, including 826 growth areas such as Detroit, LA's Westside region, and others.

The project activities for the seven AmeriCorps members working at 826 Valencia (San Francisco), 826NYC, 826CHI, 826michigan, 826LA, 826 Boston, and 826DC will be to:

a. Spearhead and support volunteer recruitment, development, and retention, working to increase the total number of volunteer hours (particularly in the geographical growth areas indicated above);

b. Build the financial capacity of these centers by identifying and cultivating new donors and deepening relationships with current donors;

c. Work with teacher, administrators, and 826 staff to plan and implement writing programs that support underserved K-12 students, including English-language learners.

d. Support and strengthen IS infrastructure such as our Salesforce platform that manages the organization's development, volunteer, and research and evaluation efforts.

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