K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Programs



Initiative Overview

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. 

Request for Proposals

Participation in a Program Quality Improvement Learning Community

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) 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 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.
For additional information, please see the full Request for Proposals and Grant Application Form.
The deadline for applications is July 1, 2019 with a funding decision made in September 2019. 
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.

Staff Assistance

For additional information on OCF’s K-12 Student Success program, contact Belle Cantor, program officer for education: bcantor@oregoncf.org or 503.227.6846 or Comet James, program associate for scholarships and grants: cjames@oregoncf.org or 503.227.6846.

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 Social and Emotional Learning is now available! 
The Learning Briefs below focus on program aspects emphasized by these out-of-school time programs: academic support, positive adult role models, and family engagement. The Program Quality 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. 
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