Announcing Grant Opportunity
The Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation seek proposals from out-of-school time programs in Oregon and Siskiyou County, CA that wish to participate in a three-year, highly structured Learning Community focused on program quality improvement and evaluation capacity building. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $60,000 per year will be awarded for three years to out-of-school programs that currently serve middle school-aged youth and are focused on promotion of academic success for low-income youth, youth of color and/or rural youth. Applications are due by August 1st, 2017.
OCF does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, status as a veteran, national origin or any other protected class. Applicants for the K-12 Student Success program must hold similar standards in the provision of services.
The K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time initiative is focused on bolstering student attendance and academic success among Oregon’s middle school students of color, rural and low-income students. It provides funding to community-based programs that offer best practice after-school and summer academic support, positive adult role models and parent engagement programming. Best practice programs increase student attendance and academic achievement, and decrease risky behaviors, particularly for our target population.
OCF and partner, The Ford Family Foundation, have identified middle school as a key transition point and an opportunity to combat socioeconomic, geographic and racial inequities in student success. Research has shown that quality out-of-school time programs can support positive youth development and increase engagement with school, thus improving attendance, boosting academic performance and increasing the likelihood of high school graduation and post-secondary attainment. Successful programs are also positively associated with social-emotional skills such as creativity, resiliency and problem solving, which are known to contribute to the likelihood of success in school and life.
Interim Evaluation Reports
Published Spring 2017, this report shares interim findings from the ongoing evaluation of the K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time Initiative. A more abbreviated version of this report is also available below.
Initiative Learning Briefs
The latest Learning Brief on Program Quality is now available! This Learning Brief summarizes our findings from the Initiative grantees' out-of-school time programs in Oregon alongside what is known from existing research around program quality supporting middle school student success. We hope that the description of the Initiative grantees' work helps build understanding of the practices and experiences of out-of-school time programs in Oregon and how those practices connect to program quality.
Published Summer 2016, the Learning Briefs below focus on three program aspects emphasized by these out-of-school time programs: academic support, positive adult role models, and family engagement.
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For additional information on OCF’s K-12 Student Success program, contact Belle Cantor, program officer for education: email@example.com or 503.227.6846 or Megan McElroy, program associate for scholarships and grants: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.227.6846.