Community Investment Campus Mobilization and Outreach Project

by Christina McCoy | Aug 31, 2010
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This entry has been selected as a winner in the
SpectrumTrust Multicultural Endowment competition.

Summary:

This project will maximize the work of two collaborative efforts focused on youth in Saint Paul's core & their families--the Community Investment Campus and Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth. Leap Forward will implement this project.
The Frogtown/ Summit University Community Investment Campus initiative, a partnership between the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Saint Paul Public Schools & several community-based organizations, has as its primary focus, Maxfield and Jackson Magnet Schools, the geographic area that immediately surrounds them, and the stretch of Central Corridor/ University Avenue that connects them.
This project will employ a collaborative approach to mobilize families, community members, communities of color, educators, decision-makers and local leadership through the connection of families with the programs, peers and services needed to help their children prepare for kindergarten and help their older youth access quality enrichment programs and engage families & the greater community in discussions around the achievement gap, early childhood screening and kindergarten preparedness. It will build the community-based infrastructure necessary to create and implement plans to effectively address issues most critical to our area's students and families.
One glaring effect of racism in our communities is the persistent academic achievement gap between students of color and their white counterparts. This project will directly address the academic achievement gap and barriers to success for our students living within the Community Investment Camp

About You

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About You

First Name

Christina

Last Name

McCoy

Title

Director of Youth Development and Interim Director of IMPACT

Organization

YWCA St. Paul

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth c/o YWCA St. Paul

Organization Email

Organization Website

Organization Phone

(651) 222 - 6307

Organization Address

375 Selby Ave

Organization City

St. Paul

Organization Zipcode

55102

Brief description of your organization

The Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth exists to promote children and youth’s academic and social skill development through supporting high quality, community based after-school and summer programming and by mobilizing the community in support of youth. Leap Forward creates, coordinates and supports neighborhood programs to improve the quality of community offerings for children and youth.

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Your idea

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Name your project

Community Investment Campus Mobilization and Outreach Project

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

This project will maximize the work of two collaborative efforts focused on youth in Saint Paul's core & their families--the Community Investment Campus and Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth. Leap Forward will implement this project.
The Frogtown/ Summit University Community Investment Campus initiative, a partnership between the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Saint Paul Public Schools & several community-based organizations, has as its primary focus, Maxfield and Jackson Magnet Schools, the geographic area that immediately surrounds them, and the stretch of Central Corridor/ University Avenue that connects them.
This project will employ a collaborative approach to mobilize families, community members, communities of color, educators, decision-makers and local leadership through the connection of families with the programs, peers and services needed to help their children prepare for kindergarten and help their older youth access quality enrichment programs and engage families & the greater community in discussions around the achievement gap, early childhood screening and kindergarten preparedness. It will build the community-based infrastructure necessary to create and implement plans to effectively address issues most critical to our area's students and families.
One glaring effect of racism in our communities is the persistent academic achievement gap between students of color and their white counterparts. This project will directly address the academic achievement gap and barriers to success for our students living within the Community Investment Camp

Project starting date

October 1, 2010

Project ending date

August 31, 2011

Total project budget - required field

$15,000.00

Website URL

Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

This project is unique for a number of reasons, first of which is timing. With recent attention being paid to low test scores and failing academic performance, it is apparent how urgently we need to change how we prepare our youth to grow into successful adults. We are employing a collaborative approach that mobilizes families, community members, communities of color, educators, decision-makers, local leadership, and most importantly...youth! Through this approach, Leap Forward will be asking the larger community to embrace what they feel the needs of their children are, and to be held accountable for setting the proposed methods for positive change into motion.

Employing this within the Frogtown/Summit-University Community Investment Campus draws simultaneously from several local initiatives already underway, including Learning in Cities, the Saint Paul Children's Collaborative, Second Shift Initiative, Invest St. Paul, Achievement Plus and Project VOICE.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

Education. This project aims to impact youth/student success by rallying the community in support of its youth. By providing education to families and community members about issues facing youth today, & taking a strength-based, proactive approach, a social investment is made in youth which has the potential to yield a high return on investment in years to come.

The Collaborative exists to promote the healthy development of youth by mobilizing the community in support of its young people and improving the quality, variety and accessibility of neighborhood-based youth programming. As a result of its efforts, preschool youth and students build their skills and confidence, strengthen their connection to their community, and prepare to become engaged, productive members of their community. The partnering agencies of the Collaborative work together on behalf of young people in their communities to:

- Increase youths’ inter-cultural understanding and appreciation
- Provide diverse, meaningful and accessible opportunities for skill development, leadership development, and community engagement
- Support youth workers through quality, accessible professional development
- Prepare youth for kindergarten & engage parents in the process
- Increase community resources and support available to youth and their families
- Support youth by increasing the involvement of positive, caring adults in their lives

The Collaborative creates a strong, neighborhood-based network of organizations that provide ample programming and services to its youth.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

Student Success Summit. The Student Success Summit will mobilize the community in support of its youth through connecting families with the programs and services needed to help their children prepare for kindergarten and help their older youth access quality enrichment programs. The Summit, organized and facilitated by Leap Forward and held within the community, will strengthen their ability to raise resilient youth who are good navigators and engaged learners. The Summit will feature an education and community resource fair, community focus groups and information sessions, early childhood screening, family activities and pre-kindergarten checks. (Timeline: Planning start– 10/1/2010. Activity – Winter/Spring 2011)
Investment Campus Community Dialogues. Leap Forward has taken on the task of engaging families and the greater community in discussions around the achievement gap, early childhood screening and kindergarten preparedness. 2010/11
Parent Site Council. This community-based council will rally in support of youth & young adults. Meeting monthly,at minimum, this group will create & implement plans to address current community issues & needs.(Winter 2010/11)

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

Summit-University and Frogtown are St. Paul communities that struggle with high unemployment, poverty and crime rates. In Summit-University, over 83% of public school students are of color; 12% of the residents were born outside of the United States; 18% speak a language other than English at home; and close to 40% of the households have an income of less than $25,000. (Neighborhood Trend Watch, Profile of Summit-University Neighborhood, Wilder Research Center, November 2004)

Leap Forward's Strategic Leadership Team is comprised of leadership staff from 6 partner organizations, and has a composition of 75% participants of color.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

Primarily African American, Africam Immigrant and Hmong communities of color.

What age group will your project impact?

Children (0-12 years), Teens/adolescents (13-19 years), Adults (20-60 years), Elders (60+ years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Male, Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

Ramsey County, Frogtown/Summit - University's Community Investment Campus area

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

- Leap Forward Collaborative for Youth Membership: Comprised of community partners that provide youth programming and/or youth advocacy services
- Project VOICE, and
- The Frogtown/Summit-University Community Investment Campus, consisting of partnerships with Saint Paul Ward 1 City Councilmember Melvin Carter III, Mayor Chirs Coleman, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Saint Paul Public Schools, Districts 7 and 8 Planning Councils, and the YWCA St. Paul.

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

Three key elements of the Frogtown/Summit-University Community Investment Campus will be implemented: 1) The Student Success Summit, 2) Investment Campus Community Dialogues, and 3) The Parent Site Council. As a result of this project, the Campus will be better positioned to embrace the changes in the months and years ahead, and the investment level of stakeholders will be heightened.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

The final report will include project performance data including an activities narrative and feedback recieved from families, stakeholders, Saint Paul Public Schools, community members and youth.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

Evaluation data will be gathered employing paper and electronic surveys, as well as through recorded attendance at activities.

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

Through this project Leap Forward hopes to learn that while racism exists, communities united can be powerful, uplifted and work toward one common goal of creating positive outcomes for youth.

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

75%

Documentation

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Funding sources: Please check all that apply

In-kind donations, Foundations, Other (please specify).

Other

Member Organization's financial support for community events and activities

In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the following (check all boxes)

The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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