Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: Local Middle-Secondary Education 2010

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American Indian Public Charter (7 recommendations) Based on CA test scores, they place in the top 1% of all public middle schools in CA despite the fact that the school serves an extremely disadvantaged, minority, inner-city demographic in the Oakland Unified School District (which was such a catastrophic failure that the District had to be taken over by the State of CA).
American Indian Public Charter

http://www.aipcs.org

Evidence of Impact

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Based on CA test scores, they place in the top 1% of all public middle schools in CA despite the fact that the school serves an extremely disadvantaged, minority, inner-city demographic in the Oakland Unified School District (which was such a catastrophic failure that the District had to be taken over by the State of CA).
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AIPCS's three schools are the top scoring middle and high schools in Alameda County and some of the highest in the state. Their population is 100 percent minority and almost all low-income.
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Founder Ben Chavis took over Oakland's American Indian Public Charter School in 2000 ,when it was an academic disaster and transformed it quickly. Last year it was one of the highest performing middle schools in the state on API. It has begun replicating by starting another middle school and a high school with each scoring well over 900 on the API. Virtually all of its students are low-income, inner city kids who are surrounded by gangs and often from difficult home environments. It has a highly-disciplined environment with a longer school day, Saturday school, and mandatory summer school. The original school received the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2006 and regularly sends students to Johns Hopkins' elite Gifted and Talented Program.

Organizational Strengths

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They have an extraordinary educational model as well as an exceptionally sound business/financial model that delivers incomparable academic performance at a cost-per-student that is below the district-wide and state-wide average. They are successfully pioneering the use of a vertically-integrated Advanced Placement (i.e. integrated across multiple grade levels as recommended for disadvantaged students) program design.
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American Indian Public Charter boasts a culture of high expectations as well as a lean academic and financial model that works well in the funding-starved CA environment.
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The organization has made a successful transition from its founder and regularly grooms and promotes teachers into administrative positions. It has demonstrated an unconventional, yet highly successful teacher recruitment system, utilizing Craigslist to hire extremely-qualified subject teachers and then placing them in a credentialing program. American Indian Public Charter manages its finances well, allowing it to provide many more classroom services.
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They are working with one of the most marginalized groups of individuals; more work in this area is needed.

Areas for Improvement

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This charter school model should be replicating faster.
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American Indian Public Charter Schools need a better leadership pipeline and resources to form a strategic plan, so that it can replicate.
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The American Indian Model has some controversial history - much of it tied to its now retired founder. It is making an effort to show that its policies are really mainstream, for the most part. It is also making an effort to share its best practices more easily with other schools, something it had not done well before.
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I believe Mr. Chavis is not a great leader and there are problems of scalability in his approach.
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Though the organization's test scores are very high, it no longer serves significant numbers of American Indian students. Instead, it serves an increasingly Asian student demographic. The increase in test scores corresponds to this demographic shift and seriously begs the question of whether the organization is really "moving the needle."
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I have serious concerns about the pedagogical approach of this school.
Oakland Small Autonomous Schools Foundation (6 recommendations) The impact OSSF (now OSF) makes is the increase of programs and services available to students at Oakland small schools. Principals have been deeply supported in enterprising their schools in order to have enough funding to do the necessary work. OSF schools have increased test scores as a result of these strategic investments in school capacity.
Oakland Small Autonomous Schools Foundation
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http://www.oaklandschoolsfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The impact OSSF (now OSF) makes is the increase of programs and services available to students at Oakland small schools. Principals have been deeply supported in enterprising their schools in order to have enough funding to do the necessary work. OSF schools have increased test scores as a result of these strategic investments in school capacity.
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This foundation was originally called the Oakland Small Schools Foundation, and was created to enable the new small schools to raise funds and receive direct donations. The foundation has evolved and has recently changed its name to indicate that it now supports and serves any Oakland public school (charter or district). In addition to fundraising and building schools' capacities to raise funding in hard times, the foundation has sponsored workshops to help schools operate as "smart business," and has hosted annual events that highlight the work of their member schools in Oakland's most economically and socially-challenged neighborhoods.
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OSF provides high quality services to schools in Oakland, enabling principals to build capacity to raise funds to supplement the meager funding from state. They also provide high quality leadership regarding quality of after school programming.
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OSF provides a vehicle for schools to develop programs in their schools, resources for leaders, and support to increase student achievement.

Organizational Strengths

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They have very strong leadership to date. They have grown tremendously in the last 5 years, which speaks to financial savvy.
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The leadership and staff are committed to educational quality and equity in Oakland. They are inclusive, friendly, and highly competent, and have really helped to market these schools as hidden gems in Oakland's lowest income neighborhoods. Their strong suits are marketing, operations, and finances. They assist schools in developing really engaged donor networks, and every donor (no matter how big or small) feels imminently appreciated, and knows how the money is being spent.
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Leadership of the Board of Trustees is extraordinary; they are people of vision and commitment for the long haul.
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This great grass roots foundation is evolving as the small school work evolves. I think Oakland needed a foundation squarely interested in stimulating innovation in Oakland schools.
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This is powerful for schools to rely on one network agency to pull their resources together.
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OSF is able to fund school-based programs, raising over $10 million, and serving over 50 Oakland schools.

Areas for Improvement

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I would be impressed if OSF got involved in STATE policy using lessons learned from their work.
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One area is just beginning -- expanding partnership and services to all Oakland schools. This expansion is starting slowly and really is just at the starting line.
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OSF could use better marketing to bring more individual donors to connect with individual schools in Oakland and make lasting commitments to the schools, comparable to those that local donors have made to Northern Lights. Northern Lights is a private school that looks like a well run public school and which serves low income families.
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I'd like to see them grow and maybe increase the focus on supporting school-based best practices and innovative solutions to vexing Oakland problems.
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Having seen them work, I would recommend a more aggressive approach in helping schools take advantage of their offerings. Currently, the pressure is on the principals to do most of the leg work.
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (6 recommendations) In its short history the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) has established a solid record of raising student achievement in math, science, and language arts.
Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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http://www.svefoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

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In its short history the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) has established a solid record of raising student achievement in math, science, and language arts.
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Meeting the needs of middle school math students preparing for Algebra is one example of Silicon Valley Foundation's impact.
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The group is effective at advocacy and at convening high-level people around topics of interest in the education community.
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Silicon Valley Education Foundation's impact can be felt through its focus and support of STEMS and closing the achievement gap.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership starting at the top with CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. Similarly, they have a strong and involved Board of Directors.
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This is a collaborative group and they are open to input from Advisory Boards. They are able to work with a variety of school district and non-profit partners.
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Finances and marketing are strengths of the Silicon Valley Foundation.
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They feature a wide range of experts in all areas of education and the access to information is incredible. The service they provide at no cost to public schools is to be commended.
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They truly get input from those they are serving and are extremely collaborative in nature.

Areas for Improvement

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As more time passes and, hopefully, as funding increases, I would like to see SVEF extends their reach beyond Santa Clara County to other parts of the Silicon Valley region.
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There could be clearer support from Silicon Valley Leadership Group for the efforts of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. There is also greater opportunity for pedagogical needs to underlie spending decisions.
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They can improve their leadership and staff.
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Their mission is not focused. It's all marketing - just smoke and mirrors.
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I would like to see them branch out more in the classroom methodologies for all subject areas, especially with the Lessonopoly Program.
ALearn (4 recommendations) ALearn programs enhance the opportunities, access, and advancement to college for students who will be the first in their family to go to college. Since ALearn works in Santa Clara County schools, most of their students are Latino.
ALearn
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http://www.alearn.org/

Evidence of Impact

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ALearn programs enhance the opportunities, access, and advancement to college for students who will be the first in their family to go to college. Since ALearn works in Santa Clara County schools, most of their students are Latino.
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ALearn has a commitment to serving middle school students through their high school years. ALearn's ability to coordinate with other non-profits to enhance successful components of their intervention and remodel underperforming components has led to continuous improvements.
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ALearn's sole focus is math improvement for students; since it is a singular focus, it is very thorough and targeted.
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ALearn has developed a successful summer transition program for incoming ninth graders, particularly by preparing them for high school Algebra. The program also provides students with the motivation and a road map for a college preparatory high school education.

Organizational Strengths

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Kathryn S. Hanson, CEO and Founder, is a major strength. ALearn has formed a great partnership with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
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One strength is their willingness to utilize assessment data to analyze program effectiveness. Their commitment to growth in terms of number of students being served is another strength.
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They fund support programs while also use data to track effectiveness and progress towards goals.
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ALearn has strong leadership with a dedication to educational equity.

Areas for Improvement

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ALearn would like to expand their efforts to San Mateo County and, with additional funding, that might be possible.
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Further clarification and specificity of the group's mission and tangible outcomes would be welcome.
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ALearn needs to develop a sustainable financial structure as it continues to grow and develop.
Breakthrough Collaborative (3 recommendations) Breakthrough impacts the challenge of a diverse and excellent teacher pipeline by recruiting and training 750 high school and college students (larger percentages of people of color and males than the national averages for professional teachers) from top schools around the country in the most selective pre-professional teaching internship in the country. They impact the challenge of the “Achievement Trap” (http://www.aypf.org/forumbriefs/2007/fb092807.htm) by recruiting and serving 2800 high-potential, low-income students through middle school into Tier 1 high schools.
Breakthrough Collaborative
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http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org

Evidence of Impact

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Breakthrough impacts the challenge of a diverse and excellent teacher pipeline by recruiting and training 750 high school and college students (larger percentages of people of color and males than the national averages for professional teachers) from top schools around the country in the most selective pre-professional teaching internship in the country. They impact the challenge of the “Achievement Trap” (http://www.aypf.org/forumbriefs/2007/fb092807.htm) by recruiting and serving 2800 high-potential, low-income students through middle school into Tier 1 high schools.
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They have a local and national reach regarding low-income middle school students from under-resourced schools.
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Breakthrough Silicon Valley successfully supports middle school students through the critical middle school transition. The program strengthens their academic skills, provides powerful young role models, and motivates them to aspire and prepare for college.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a shared mission across an affiliate model that allows for innovation at the local level to respond to unique characteristics of individual communities. Part of this strength is the ability of this collaborative to work together across individual sites on specific projects (e.g. the Improving Teacher Training Initiative). They also have partnerships with strong organizations at a variety of levels for a variety of functions: they recruit Breakthrough teachers from Summer Search, Peer Health Exchange, Morehead Cain Foundation; they support student achievement through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and College Board; and they add to the teacher pipeline through Teach for America and Uncommon Schools. Finally, they have a sharp focus on clearly articulated data driven outcome figures.
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Their strengths are their partnerships with independent, private schools and their funding model regarding individual sites.
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Breakthrough Silicon Valley has an important dual mission. High achieving college and high school students are recruited to teach middle school students during an intensive six-week summer program, guided by expert professional teachers. A majority of these young people are inspired to become teachers as a result of their experience.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve the ease and efficacy of their data collection tools and standardize their program model in the context of their local innovation.
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They could improve with consistent branding and quality at every site and tighter metrics regarding student achievement.
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Breakthrough Silicon Valley intends to expand to serve more students in Silicon Valley. The organization has newly assembled a strong staff and board that is poised to attract increased funding, which will enable them to establish Breakthrough programs in more Silicon Valley high-need neighborhoods.
ConnectEd California (3 recommendations) It is relatively new (four years), but the organization is demonstrating significant traction in visioning and developing a systemic model for transforming the way teaching and learning is being delivered in California's high schools with the goal of preparing all students for college and career.
ConnectEd California

http://www.connectedcalifornia.org

Evidence of Impact

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It is relatively new (four years), but the organization is demonstrating significant traction in visioning and developing a systemic model for transforming the way teaching and learning is being delivered in California's high schools with the goal of preparing all students for college and career.
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ConnectEd has reframed the conversation around career-technical education. With Irvine’s support, they have launched a very ambitious set of experiments with linked learning in California school districts.
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ConnectEd is partnering with 12 major school districts around California to strengthen linked learning, i.e., integrated academic and career technical coursework with work-based learning opportunities for high school students. When combined with online learning opportunities, this represents the leading edge of high school reform for the nation. This approach literally transforms student lives, as exemplified by schools like MetWest and Life Academy in Oakland, Downtown College Prep in San Jose, and others.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership, well-developed framework, the ability to foster collaboration among partners, and a highly skilled team.
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Gary Hoachlander is a visionary leader, and he has put together a strong team. Their partnership with Irvine is very strong, which has produced impacts far beyond the Bay Area.
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ConnectEd has a visionary leader who recently testified on Capitol Hill on linked learning, a strong team, strong support by philanthropy, districts, and policy makers. They have a well-developed program approach, solid current financial footing, and are poised for significant growth.

Areas for Improvement

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Their goals are ambitious, which requires continued discipline and focus so they do not become overstretched.
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Strict fidelity to Gary’s vision may undermine the real-world prospects of linked learning reforms (“My way or the highway”). They would benefit from more consultation and less dogmatism.
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ConnectEd needs support to connect the dots among its program approaches, and the executive director has articulated this need. It is a key element of their business plan. ConnectEd also needs to raise its profile in the local funding community, since it is partnered with a couple of larger foundations, it needs to diversify its funding base for the long term.
EdSource (3 recommendations) EdSource's research on the "middle grades" was thorough and important. They are helping to get those who can make a difference to pay attention to things that actually matter.
EdSource
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http://www.edsource.org

Evidence of Impact

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EdSource's research on the "middle grades" was thorough and important. They are helping to get those who can make a difference to pay attention to things that actually matter.
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EdSource is the most important purveyor of data and information on education in California. They have impact through their excellent reports, their great website, and huge mailing lists.
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They are highly regarded in areas of education finance, and annual forums bring out key educational leaders who listen for advice.

Organizational Strengths

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They are reliably expert and credible, nonpartisan, and have very strong, stable, and sane leadership.
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Trish Williams and Marry Perry make a great leadership team. Their organization is very task and deadline driven and very efficient and effective.
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Their strengths are that they offer key publications available to the public and for purchase.

Areas for Improvement

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They re almost exclusively paper-based in a post-paper era of communication. They forget too often that California is not a separate nation. Why compare against ourselves?
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They are devoting more time and resources to research, which is not their strength and a strategic mistake. Their research capacity is weak, and projects distract from their core mission.
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They could improve with more of a focus on charter schools as reform leaders and by draining on resources.
Making Waves Education Program (3 recommendations) Making Waves meets the needs of learners who come from under-resourced communities and schools by providing them with an extended learning day, enrichment opportunities, and individualized learning options. Making Waves operates on the basis that all students are capable of success if given the right tools and resources.
Making Waves Education Program

http://www.making-waves.org

Evidence of Impact

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Making Waves meets the needs of learners who come from under-resourced communities and schools by providing them with an extended learning day, enrichment opportunities, and individualized learning options. Making Waves operates on the basis that all students are capable of success if given the right tools and resources.
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Over 100 students in Richmond are in college specifically because of the presence of Making Waves. The impact is that these students are provided opportunities that simply do not exist in Richmond.
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Their impact of the Making Waves program in Richmond is changing lives, increasing graduation rates, and creating both an after-school and charter model that are exemplary.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their excellent leadership, solid growth model, excellent teachers, and positive role in community.
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The leadership is outstanding, as well as the integrity of the after school program model is excellent. The leadership is very good in articulating the mission of the organization and acknowledging the true cost to work with young people in order to not cut any corners. The education model is one that can be replicated throughout the country and would be relatively simple to implement.
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Their strengths are their curriculum, teaching, and learning that focus on the needs of the kids in their community. They have very strong staff leadership and are very collaborative.

Areas for Improvement

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Making Waves could improve by spending more time in becoming a resource lab for others to replicate. Often, most successful organizations focus on improvement only on their own organization and not on disseminating their valuable knowledge. Making Waves could also improve by broadening and involving themselves more to address the institutional barriers that exist. An organization such as Making Waves is part of the solution to closing the educational achievement gap, but there are more systemic solutions that Making Waves could be part of as well.
Mission Graduates (3 recommendations) They provide structured, personalized support to selected young people to support their college aspirations (generally first generation) both to get into and remain in college. Plus, they provide afterschool academic support and college awareness as well as enrichment opportunities to 8th graders.
Mission Graduates

http://www.missiongraduates.org

Evidence of Impact

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They provide structured, personalized support to selected young people to support their college aspirations (generally first generation) both to get into and remain in college. Plus, they provide afterschool academic support and college awareness as well as enrichment opportunities to 8th graders.
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They have a top-notch program that trains parents to be advocates for their kids. They run an effective, comprehensive afterschool program at James Lick Middle School, provide academic case management that prepares students for college starting in 5th grade, and provide college preparatory counseling for high school students.
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They defined the population they are targeting through a great deal of research and are using evidence-based program strategies to support Latino/a youth getting to college.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership strength and vision in moving the organization toward the goal of academic success and college readiness.
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Their strengths are their visionary leadership from the executive director, who is also savvy about building alliances and sharing best practices. They also provide strong leadership within the College Bound Network.
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They are focused on building their individual donor base through multiple events that take place in the community they serve. The executive director directed the organization through their work to redefine their mission and strategies, and now, the entire organization is laser-focused on their goals.

Areas for Improvement

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They need marketing help and financial support.
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They could improve outcome metrics for academics in the middle school program.
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They need to provide stronger oversight and management of one of the schools where they provide programming.
Spark (3 recommendations) Spark creates highly individualized apprenticeships for local middle school youth in order to show them the professional world and highlight the importance of an education. They also provide an amazing leadership curriculum.
Spark

http://www.sparkprogram.org

Evidence of Impact

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Spark creates highly individualized apprenticeships for local middle school youth in order to show them the professional world and highlight the importance of an education. They also provide an amazing leadership curriculum.
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Spark inspires middle-school youth by connecting their interests to their education. Through Spark’s leadership curriculum, students are asked to continually reflect on their interests and apprenticeship experiences, and how these relate to what they are learning in school. Many are surprised to realize how relevant school is. For example, one student realized that to be a pilot, you need math to chart a course and calculate fuel usage, physics to understand how the plane flies, reading to review the plane’s manuals, writing to fill out a pilot’s log, and even oral communication skills to speak with air traffic control. Spark's surveys show that Spark helps students increase self-confidence and self-awareness, two building blocks for self-motivated learning. Students felt more able to pursue the learning that matters to them and more confident in standing up for their beliefs. Spark facilitates positive learning relationships between youth and adults, turning local workplaces into educational spaces. Spark mobilizes new volunteers, creating positive apprenticeship experiences for increasing numbers of youth during summer and after-school sessions. The large majority of Spark apprentice teachers are welcoming a young person into their workplace for the first time. By facilitating these inter-generational connections, Spark allows adults to recognize their ability to share skills with a motivated young person and allows students to pursue their learning interests with the support of a local adult. Spark’s work aligns with the findings and priorities of local governments and schools; for example, the 2001 San Mateo County Report on Youth concluded that "we must increase the amount and number of sustained adult/child interactions...and reduce the separation between youth and adults that exists in our current societal structure." Spark teaches students how to access resources and support in order to be effective self-motivated learners in high school and beyond. While self-confidence and self-awareness are critical, students also need to learn how to access local resources. Spark’s leadership curriculum provides these tools. One activity introduces students to the concept of “Six Degrees of Separation,” helping them realize that people who may seem out of reach are more accessible than they think. In another activity, Community Quests, teams of students complete learning missions around their town or city (for example, one mission asked students to bring back the business card of a CEO). As a result, Spark's surveys show that graduates can identify and access more resources and are more likely to see their communities as full of supportive neighbors. These abilities will play a critical role in students’ success in high school and beyond. As stated by Pat Gemma, Superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District: "There is tremendous need in Redwood City for programs that prepare students to transition to high school. Spark helps students develop the motivation and community support necessary to succeed."
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Spark focuses on middle school children who, based on referral from teachers, are beginning to "check out" or "get lost" and therefore represent a high risk to not graduate high school and not reach anywhere near their full potential. The middle school children who have participated in this after-school apprenticeship program appear to be on track to graduate high school (vs. peers who are "checking out" or later "drop out"). I have met a couple of young women who seem genuinely changed by this intervention. The volunteer adults who are the apprentice teachers also benefit in a way similar to a Big Brother/Big Sister model. Mentoring a child changes the adult, too.

Organizational Strengths

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Spark has an amazing leader who wants to change the way in which middle school students plan for high school, college, and career and has created an innovative program based on these goals. The program has helped students increase their self-confidence and self-awareness and has helped create a viable path for them to pursue, which includes continuing their education.
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Spark is the only youth empowerment program in the country that addresses the dropout crisis by re-engaging at-risk students through hands-on, individualized apprenticeships.
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The leadership is exceptional; not only Chris Balme, the founder and executive director, but also his senior team is professional and effective. Chris/Spark is a Draper Richards Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow. The backing of these organizations is not only a "seal of approval,” but also a bet on the Spark model as effective and capable of replication across the U.S., wherever dropping out represents a serious challenge to a community, its schools, and its future. The greatest strength is that the economic model uses volunteers as apprentice teachers, and this model can be (and is being) replicated in other communities.

Areas for Improvement

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It is a high-touch and slightly expensive model, because they haven't quite reached economies of scale yet.
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Spark is still a young nonprofit organization (though they are growing in the Bay Area).
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Greater experience and time will allow for better measurement of long-term results. Early results are impressive, but those people funding this nonprofit are betting (wisely, I believe) on the management team and the early indications that lives of middle schoolers are changed by this experience, i.e., from being about to give up on school to being engaged and ready to succeed in high school and beyond.
UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools (3 recommendations) Their impact is through policy leadership in shifting the dialogue and public sector agenda to more intentionally integrate education reform and redevelopment efforts. CCS has produced numerous policy-oriented research pieces, has conducted the PLUS Leadership Initiative to foster school district and city government collaboration, and has provided testimony to and consulted for state and federal housing and economic development agencies about coordinating policy, practice, and funding in the educational and urban planning fields to leverage more rapid community improvement.
UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools

http://www.citiesandschools.berkeley.edu

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is through policy leadership in shifting the dialogue and public sector agenda to more intentionally integrate education reform and redevelopment efforts. CCS has produced numerous policy-oriented research pieces, has conducted the PLUS Leadership Initiative to foster school district and city government collaboration, and has provided testimony to and consulted for state and federal housing and economic development agencies about coordinating policy, practice, and funding in the educational and urban planning fields to leverage more rapid community improvement.
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This is a broad-based organization that seeks to broaden the base of school reform.
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They go to people for multiple research projects and offer workshops, publications, and web-based information.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a diverse advisory board, with good cross-sector involvement of academics, policymakers, public administrators, educators, and funders.
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Their leadership and staff are imaginative, research-based, and supportive of other organizations. Other strengths are their social entrepreneurship and that they share resources.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their marketing and increase their visibility outside the urban planning and redevelopment field. This is hard for nearly all cross-sector entities, as they need to negotiate and draw attention to themselves within an "in-between" space. However, given the strong public interest in educational reform and innovation right now, it would benefit CCS to better position itself with those stakeholders and media that are education-focused.
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They could improve with more contact with schools.
826 Valencia (2 recommendations) They have a creative use of volunteers to impact student writing, both in school and outside of school.
826 Valencia

http://www.826valencia.org

Evidence of Impact

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They have a creative use of volunteers to impact student writing, both in school and outside of school.
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Thousands of youth have found their voice becoming empowered in their own lives, and as a result they redefine their path. Most of these youth are students of color, so it is imperative that they name their own world to create their own destiny.

Organizational Strengths

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Their creativity and enthusiasm around writing is inspirational to students.
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The staff is exceptional in how they are able to engage students. More trainings need to be offered for teachers to learn these techniques. The organization also has a powerful method in marketing. The youth's own voices become the focus of marketing, making both the organization stronger and the youth empowered in sharing their stories.

Areas for Improvement

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Two areas that need to be improved are their training for teachers and learning how to transfer their approach to education to become more academically centered and amenable to schools. It is imperative that out of school experiences for students also become part of the school experiences for every student.
AVID Center (2 recommendations) They help the most first-generation students get prepared for college out of any organization of which I am aware. Their professional development programs and support programs are at the school level and work well.
AVID Center

http://www.avid.org

Evidence of Impact

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They help the most first-generation students get prepared for college out of any organization of which I am aware. Their professional development programs and support programs are at the school level and work well.
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They impact a large number of schools, states, and countries.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their staff and finances.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their marketing and leverage.
Adolescent Counseling Services (2 recommendations) ACS provides crucial services to schools in the Bay Area. They place counselors and other counseling services in schools that do not have the money to afford adequate school counseling services. With the rise in mental and physical health crises for adolescents, ACS provides an impactful solution.
Adolescent Counseling Services
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http://www.acs-teens.org

Evidence of Impact

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ACS provides crucial services to schools in the Bay Area. They place counselors and other counseling services in schools that do not have the money to afford adequate school counseling services. With the rise in mental and physical health crises for adolescents, ACS provides an impactful solution.
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They do a lot of great counseling.

Organizational Strengths

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ACS has very strong leadership both at the board level and at the administrative level. They also have a proven record of success and a strong training program for their counseling interns.
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The executive director is very dedicated and has been working there for years.

Areas for Improvement

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ACS needs a better model for expansion, as they are currently limited as to which schools they are in. They also need a better system for identifying strong interns.
Alternatives in Action (2 recommendations) Alternatives in Action effectively engages young people in school, community, and career. They work with the hardest-to-serve youth populations. They have social enterprises created and managed by young people (e.g. "Home Sweet Home" is their in-school childcare).
Alternatives in Action

http://www.alternativesinaction.org

Evidence of Impact

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Alternatives in Action effectively engages young people in school, community, and career. They work with the hardest-to-serve youth populations. They have social enterprises created and managed by young people (e.g. "Home Sweet Home" is their in-school childcare).
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Alternatives in Action has impact through its leadership opportunities for youth who have been unsuccessful in school or have had limited opportunities.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership and staff are dedicated to putting youth in the center and empowering them.
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Their strengths are their community project-based learning, their youth and adult collaboration, and their personal relationships and mentoring for young people.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their fundraising and by codifying and exporting their educational model.
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They could improve with integration of academic expectations with high engagement and youth development. Their project-based models for students enrolled in the high school have been uneven and yielded mixed results in terms of student achievement. They have yielded more promising results in terms of students pursuing post-secondary education.
Beryl Buck Institute for Education (2 recommendations) I've been involved with this organization because I see Buck as an important leader in project based education. They reach teachers nationally and internationally, and their work is critical in furthering this approach to education.
Beryl Buck Institute for Education

http://www.bie.org

Evidence of Impact

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I've been involved with this organization because I see Buck as an important leader in project based education. They reach teachers nationally and internationally, and their work is critical in furthering this approach to education.
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They have developed some of the best materials supporting project and problem-based learning for use in high schools, leading to higher levels of student engagement in core academics and higher achievement.

Organizational Strengths

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They have superb leadership and careful and wise financial management.
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They have strong curriculum development capacity, as well as excellent research and development skills.

Areas for Improvement

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They could focus more attention locally.
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They could improve by being faster to expand and extending reach in a larger number of schools.
Biotech Partners (2 recommendations) Biotech partners stands as a "proof of concept" for the value of a community-based organization and industry and community college partnership, while also supporting several hundred low-income youth to complete high school, successfully transition to postsecondary, and forge a career in a high-wage, high-growth industry.
Biotech Partners

http://www.biotechpartners.org

Evidence of Impact

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Biotech partners stands as a "proof of concept" for the value of a community-based organization and industry and community college partnership, while also supporting several hundred low-income youth to complete high school, successfully transition to postsecondary, and forge a career in a high-wage, high-growth industry.
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Through strong employer partnerships with Bayer and other biotech firms, this organization engages at-risk students in science and related academics that are needed to succeed in the biotech industry. It links high school with work-based learning and articulates programs to postsecondary opportunities at Laney and other community colleges.

Organizational Strengths

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They have significant financial support, important visibility and credibility support from industry partners.
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They provide strong school and employer partnerships and act as a good broker between high schools and postsecondary institutions.

Areas for Improvement

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Leadership could be improved, particularly with respect to vision and the capacity to negotiate new partnerships with additional school districts and postsecondary partners. The model is a good candidate for expansion and replication, but the leadership needs to be improved to carry out such an undertaking.
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They could improve by expanding their capacity to work in districts outside of Berkeley and Oakland.
Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (2 recommendations) Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula is an after school safe place for youth. They offer excellent programming after school and programming within local schools to help engage kids in learning, focus on literacy, prevent dropouts, and prepare at risk youth for college and other post-secondary paths. The impact on kids in the East Palo Alto and surrounding communities has been incredibly powerful, with more kids succeeding in school and going on to successful post-secondary education.
Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula
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http://www.bgcp.org

Evidence of Impact

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Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula is an after school safe place for youth. They offer excellent programming after school and programming within local schools to help engage kids in learning, focus on literacy, prevent dropouts, and prepare at risk youth for college and other post-secondary paths. The impact on kids in the East Palo Alto and surrounding communities has been incredibly powerful, with more kids succeeding in school and going on to successful post-secondary education.
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They have impact with their research on effects on learning and youth development outcomes.

Organizational Strengths

R
They offer excellent curriculum, both in their after school and in school programs. This is curriculum that makes a difference. The staff is engaging, well-trained, and truly cares about kids.
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Their strengths are their leadership and staff.

Areas for Improvement

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Not all of their programs are as high quality as they could be, and they are in need of more consistent staff training too.
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They could improve their marketing and hiring.
Citizen Schools (2 recommendations) Citizen Schools connects the dots for their students in a transparent and consistent process, i.e., engaging the community to join teachers in meeting our mission to educate children and strengthen the community. When volunteer engineers teach students to build a robot, students apply the skills they’ve learned in mathematics classes. With support and scaffolding, all citizens can be both teachers and learners, volunteering their time, expertise, and passion to create a strong and effective learning environment that encourages dialogue, a sense of inquiry, and a self-driven quest for knowledge regardless of a student’s economic status. Citizen Schools strives to change the life trajectories of low-income, middle-school students by being a strategic point of intervention to mitigate the high school drop-out rate in the middle school years (grades 6 – 8), providing more time, relevance, and relationships to give their students direct access and exposure to educational and career pathways. In addition to serving the students themselves, they also recruit, train, and directly support more than 200 volunteers annually in teaching our signature apprenticeship courses. ALL volunteers are afforded an opportunity to experience the challenges and opportunities of our public school system, taking this experience with them the next time they read an article on teacher-layoffs, discuss rising class size, or consider a gubernatorial candidate’s stance on funding for education and after-school programs. Through volunteerism, Citizen Schools invites and empowers the community to be a solutions-oriented participant in improving and optimizing California and America’s education system.
Citizen Schools
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http://www.citizenschools.org

Evidence of Impact

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Citizen Schools connects the dots for their students in a transparent and consistent process, i.e., engaging the community to join teachers in meeting our mission to educate children and strengthen the community. When volunteer engineers teach students to build a robot, students apply the skills they’ve learned in mathematics classes. With support and scaffolding, all citizens can be both teachers and learners, volunteering their time, expertise, and passion to create a strong and effective learning environment that encourages dialogue, a sense of inquiry, and a self-driven quest for knowledge regardless of a student’s economic status. Citizen Schools strives to change the life trajectories of low-income, middle-school students by being a strategic point of intervention to mitigate the high school drop-out rate in the middle school years (grades 6 – 8), providing more time, relevance, and relationships to give their students direct access and exposure to educational and career pathways. In addition to serving the students themselves, they also recruit, train, and directly support more than 200 volunteers annually in teaching our signature apprenticeship courses. ALL volunteers are afforded an opportunity to experience the challenges and opportunities of our public school system, taking this experience with them the next time they read an article on teacher-layoffs, discuss rising class size, or consider a gubernatorial candidate’s stance on funding for education and after-school programs. Through volunteerism, Citizen Schools invites and empowers the community to be a solutions-oriented participant in improving and optimizing California and America’s education system.
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By partnering with low-income and often under-resourced schools, CS allows schools to extend their learning day through after-school programs that are located on-site and that meet the needs of challenged learners. This partnership provides essential opportunities to a school that needs extra hours to help support students' academic needs.

Organizational Strengths

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One strength is their program model and its results. Citizen Schools has invented, refined, and tested an innovative strategy and proven its impact, with their students outperforming their peers in grades, attendance, test scores, and high school graduation rates. They have tapped into the vast resource of citizen volunteers, leveraging their expertise and increasing civic engagement through their signature apprenticeship program. In addition to offering a quality program to students, families, school partners, and the community, the Citizen Schools model seeks to professionalize the after-school sector, creating the first Masters of Education in out-of-school time learning and a Teaching Fellowship to build a new pipeline of educators. Another strength is their strategy for school turn-around. The Citizen Schools model is predicated on deep school partnership, leveraging shared space, ongoing communication with both core academic teachers and families/guardians, and joint professional development for their staff and school faculty. Their staff and volunteers combine to create a “second shift” of educators who join school teachers and principals in their mission to increase student achievement. With a daily, year-round program (vs. drop-in), offering academic, enrichment, and college and career prep programs (a unique combination), Citizen Schools joins underserved middle school communities (an overlooked age range) as a partner for schools looking to shift the culture, expectations, and strategies of how to leverage learning time that extends beyond the traditional structure of the school day.
F
Their strengths are their well-researched, data-driven model with tangible results and their commitment to partnerships with schools, teachers, and parents.

Areas for Improvement

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To date, they’ve been successful in engaging individual professionals (200+ annually) to participate in their apprenticeship model of teaching hands-on, volunteer-led classes. As their need for volunteers continues to grow, so does their need for strategic program assessment.
Coleman Children and Youth Services (2 recommendations) Their impact is in their advocacy to achieve A-G requirements and their history of advocating for and protecting public funding for youth and students.
Coleman Children and Youth Services
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http://www.colemanadvocates.org

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is in their advocacy to achieve A-G requirements and their history of advocating for and protecting public funding for youth and students.
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I've worked with this organization as a community worker and as an employee with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Parent Relations Office. This organization has made a huge impact on ensuring that parents-caregivers and youth voices are being heard on issues such as education, housing, and social justice. Coleman Children and Youth Services organizes workshops for parents-caregivers on a variety of issues: parent rights in school and out of school, city & county budgets, housing issues, and family health. Coleman Children and Youth Services’ parent-caregivers and youth regularly attend and make public comments SFUSD board meetings. The group was instrumental in the passing of the new SFUSD high school graduation requirement, which is now aligned with the A-G college entrance requirements.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership and marketing.
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The leaders of Coleman (parent-caregivers and youth) and staff consist of a very diverse population, ethnically and socio-economically. I totally love the fact that their organization continues to thrive despite receiving no government funding.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve in their staff turnover and finances.
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Despite having an African American executive director, it has been difficult for Coleman (as well as other organizations) to recruit African American parents-caregivers.
College Summit (2 recommendations) College Summit in the Bay Area reliably and significantly increases college-going and college completion rates for low-income children. For about $1000 per student, they are providing a crucial, life-changing service.
College Summit
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http://www.collegesummit.org

Evidence of Impact

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College Summit in the Bay Area reliably and significantly increases college-going and college completion rates for low-income children. For about $1000 per student, they are providing a crucial, life-changing service.
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This is a strong program for preparing students for college.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their reality-based analysis of their work, and Paul Collins is a hidden treasure.
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They have good brand recognition, have a very strong board, and have scaled effectively.

Areas for Improvement

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They could kick it up a notch, or two or three. Expansion is critical for this Obama-blessed organization.
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They could improve by differentiating themselves from other college access programs.
East Oakland Step to College Program (2 recommendations) 92% of seniors who completed Step-To-College gained acceptance and enrolled into 4-year universities the following year. These were all East Oakland students, 99% of whom were below grade level when joining the program. For their counterparts, approximately 26% graduate from high school with only 6% eligible to apply to (which means they do not necessarily apply nor attend) 4-year state universities.
East Oakland Step to College Program

Evidence of Impact

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92% of seniors who completed Step-To-College gained acceptance and enrolled into 4-year universities the following year. These were all East Oakland students, 99% of whom were below grade level when joining the program. For their counterparts, approximately 26% graduate from high school with only 6% eligible to apply to (which means they do not necessarily apply nor attend) 4-year state universities.
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Over the past 6 years, the Step to College program has worked with high-need East Oakland students to support them through high school and into 4-year universities. Its last graduating cohort (2008) enrolled 24 of 26 seniors (92%) in 4-year California State Universities or University of California’s, after working with them as a cohort over 3 years. The program has no minimum admissions requirements and actively seeks to work with some of East Oakland's most challenging students. The program provides students academic and social pathways to navigate the multiple challenges of urban environments and schools. The latest cohort began in Fall 2009 and is working with 31 9th grade students in an East Oakland high school.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong university partnerships (San Francisco State) as well as exceptional long-term commitment to youth as a structural feature in the design of the program, i.e., a 4 year high school commitment plus a less intense college commitment. They also have exceptional leadership (Prof. Jeff Duncan-Andrade at San Francisco State University), a strong alumni and college student network.
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The high school students have their high school English class taught by two veteran urban high school teachers that are now university professors. The program provides high-need East Oakland high school students with daily access to rigorous pedagogy and intensive academic support, surrounding students with high quality and high capacity adults from university professors to undergraduate and graduate students.

Areas for Improvement

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Step-To-College is not exactly a non-profit, but instead is based out of a university partnership. It needs to build financial management capacity independent of the university structures. Also, a development plan would be helpful, but I believe this is already in progress.
R
The program could deepen its impact if it worked more effectively with other core classes at the high school. The program would also benefit from a more sophisticated system of fundraising.
Education Pioneers (2 recommendations) The Fellows program is a relatively large-scale (multi-city) implementation of an important human capital solution for public education - on the systems and leadership side. While Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and others focus on bringing in new talent on the instructional side, Ed Pioneers funnels young management talent toward educational institutions and shows early results that 70% stay in the field, and they are at least as good as Teach for America regarding retention.
Education Pioneers
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http://www.educationpioneers.org

Evidence of Impact

F
The Fellows program is a relatively large-scale (multi-city) implementation of an important human capital solution for public education - on the systems and leadership side. While Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and others focus on bringing in new talent on the instructional side, Ed Pioneers funnels young management talent toward educational institutions and shows early results that 70% stay in the field, and they are at least as good as Teach for America regarding retention.
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This organization doesn't serve kids directly, but they place graduate students into education nonprofits, building the capacity of the sector and encouraging individuals to pursue a career in education.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their marketing is very effective. Although they are relatively young as an organization, Ed Pioneers is well known and reaches key targets of prospective students, partner organizations, and funders as evidenced by rapid growth to date, continued expansion, and pilot efforts.
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They have a visionary founder who identified a specific need. Additionally, in a short time they have become viewed as an important human capital provider in the field.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their program expansion to address long-term career support of Fellows. On the systems and leadership side, as compared to teaching, there is not a clear trajectory over time for young talent. Ed Pioneers should more significantly address this need and evolve beyond just an "entry" service.
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They could improve by taking advantage of their alumni network.
Gateway High School (2 recommendations) Gateway is one of the most diverse public high schools in San Francisco. They have been a leader in the charter movement; they provide a cross-section of students with an exemplary, engaging high school education and have an extremely high graduation rate and college matriculation rate.
Gateway High School

http://www.gatewayhigh.org

Evidence of Impact

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Gateway is one of the most diverse public high schools in San Francisco. They have been a leader in the charter movement; they provide a cross-section of students with an exemplary, engaging high school education and have an extremely high graduation rate and college matriculation rate.
N
They have an impressive college-going culture and mission, leading to a 100% college-going rate among graduates, almost all of whom graduate from college as well.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a thoughtful and devoted board, excellent use of volunteers, and a strong principal and staff. Additionally, their strength is their ability to navigate the politics of San Francisco charter issues and dynamics.
N
They have an exceptional leadership and staff, all closely aligned to the mission. Their management and governance are also very strong, with the principal managing a large and talented board of directors, one that drives fundraising as well as academic success.

Areas for Improvement

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Fundraising for a stand-along charter will be very challenging. Gateway has also been challenged (like most public school) by some of the social-emotional needs of their very high-need kids (a small percentage of their population).
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This school is about to begin a 6-8th grade effort to improve its high school results. It should take more risks and start to replicate its new 6-12 model.
Leadership Public Schools (2 recommendations) LPS is still struggling, but at least one of their schools has posted great Academic Performance Index (API) gains.
Leadership Public Schools
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http://www.leadps.org

Evidence of Impact

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LPS is still struggling, but at least one of their schools has posted great Academic Performance Index (API) gains.
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LPS has sustained gains in student achievement while working with the Bay Area's toughest high school students and without "creaming" high-achieving students.

Organizational Strengths

N
On the whole, the central office under Louise Water's leadership has put into place a strong system of data collection and analysis, tied closely to what is actually happening in the classrooms and adjusting teaching practices to help students.
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They have a very strong executive staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with better fundraising.
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They could improve by extending the grade ranges served to reach students earlier when it's easier to remediate severe academic deficiencies.
Level Playing Institute (2 recommendations) The Summer Math & Science Honors (SMASH) Academy, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, creates a positive, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-focused academic environment in which underrepresented students of color can excel at their home high schools and compete with students from better-resourced schools once in college.
Level Playing Institute
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http://www.lpfi.org

Evidence of Impact

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The Summer Math & Science Honors (SMASH) Academy, a program of the Level Playing Field Institute, creates a positive, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-focused academic environment in which underrepresented students of color can excel at their home high schools and compete with students from better-resourced schools once in college.
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They address barriers to participation and provide support to youth to successfully transition from high school to college.

Organizational Strengths

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SMASH is staffed by education and science professionals of color who have blazed paths in STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) fields and return to share their guidance and expertise with students. They also benefit from a stable operational structure, high expectations, and an uplifting summer residential experience.
N
The leadership and staff for the organization are good.

Areas for Improvement

F
SMASH/LPFI should continue to aim for the highest academic standards possible without "creaming."
Lighthouse Community Charter School (2 recommendations) This organization has impact through its strong, consistent gains in student achievement without "creaming" high-performing students.
Lighthouse Community Charter School

http://www.lighthousecharter.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has impact through its strong, consistent gains in student achievement without "creaming" high-performing students.
N
They have impact through their strong increases in test scores and by creating a very positive academic and social environment.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their financially sustainable operations, their recent construction of new facilities, and their strong, engaged, and forward-thinking governing board and staff leadership.
N
Their founding leaders and current executive team are first-class, bar none. They just moved to a new campus, where they have basically solved their facility challenge for the long term.

Areas for Improvement

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They could expand their impact by creating a few new schools in addition to their current program.
N
They haven’t yet solved the problem of sustainability. They rely heavily on a leadership team and staff that work incredibly hard--how does that ethic persist through changes in leadership?
Oakland Community Organizations (2 recommendations) OCO has been instrumental in conducting grassroots organizing for equity and reform of Oakland public schools and of the district's central office relationships with schools and communities. They have led a nationally renowned movement for new small schools in the most economically challenged and educationally underserved communities of Oakland. They have continued their advocacy, organizing, and partnership with schools through more than 10 years, which saw changes in top district leadership (5 superintendents, 3 state administrators).
Oakland Community Organizations
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http://www.oaklandcommunity.org

Evidence of Impact

R
OCO has been instrumental in conducting grassroots organizing for equity and reform of Oakland public schools and of the district's central office relationships with schools and communities. They have led a nationally renowned movement for new small schools in the most economically challenged and educationally underserved communities of Oakland. They have continued their advocacy, organizing, and partnership with schools through more than 10 years, which saw changes in top district leadership (5 superintendents, 3 state administrators).
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Since the mid-1990s, OCO has created a broad-based campaign for great schools in Oakland. This has resulted in the creation of dozens of new district schools and charter schools, which are producing much better results than similar schools in that city. As a result of OCO's work, Oakland is now the most-improving large district in the state.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization has a powerful grass-roots infrastructure through its faith-based congregational membership and its local organizing committees at schools. It has experienced community organizers in education and in other areas that also affect 6th-12th grade youth (examples: immigration reform, affordable housing, community policing, and intervention with high-risk youth before they get into trouble with the law). This organization is currently focusing on how to better support the ten new small autonomous district high schools that are located in the most economically and socially challenged neighborhoods of Oakland, and has close ties not only with parents but also with principals and teachers in these schools. This organization also has the capacity to train parents as community leaders, so that the work can be sustained and does not require OCO paid staff members to continue "holding the ball."
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OCO's success is a result of very effective community organizing; which is to say, the change they've created has been change created by the sustained, smart, and visionary collective effort of thousands of grassroots leaders and many congregations. This allows the reform to weather the many political storms in Oakland and to keep growing.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization has a nicely designed website that is months out-of-date. OCO has not prioritized, nor does it necessarily have the capacity, to publicize its work beyond its 40,000 member base. The education area is beginning to serve as a connector to other areas of OCO's work mentioned above (e.g., immigration, community safety/violence, affordable housing), but the connections could be much stronger and more explicit.
Parents for Public Schools- San Francisco (2 recommendations) PPS has made an impact across the city in promoting our public schools. Through parent-to-parent communication at forums, meetings, and workshops, PPS has been at the forefront in publicizing neighborhood schools and recruiting parent volunteers as ambassadors for their schools. Their work has been phenomenal! Schools that had virtually no press become popular overnight because the work that PPS parent ambassadors have done.
Parents for Public Schools- San Francisco

http://www.ppssf.org

Evidence of Impact

N
PPS has made an impact across the city in promoting our public schools. Through parent-to-parent communication at forums, meetings, and workshops, PPS has been at the forefront in publicizing neighborhood schools and recruiting parent volunteers as ambassadors for their schools. Their work has been phenomenal! Schools that had virtually no press become popular overnight because the work that PPS parent ambassadors have done.
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Parents for Public Schools has developed a network of thousands of parents in San Francisco committed to improving public education, has trained hundreds of parents (including in hard-to-serve immigrant communities and communities of color) to be leaders in their own schools, and has helped countless parents navigate the public school enrollment process. Through its "hidden gems" strategy, PPS has helped groups of parents and the district market schools that had poor reputations and make them more attractive to families: through this strategy, some schools whose enrollment had languished for years are now highly subscribed and are demonstrably better schools.

Organizational Strengths

N
One strength is their peer-to-peer opportunities for sharing information. Another is that PPS is very sensitive to the needs of parents. No parents are ever left out be cause of language, neighborhood, etc. Workshops and forums are always planned with parents in mind. These events and activities are held in communities throughout the city and in many languages.
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The organization has enormous (earned) credibility with district leaders and with the communities it serves, mostly because of the highly skilled, dedicated, and culturally competent staff. PPS has historically done very effective marketing for itself and for public schools. Its website is a go-to resource for parents.

Areas for Improvement

N
Though PPS board members include fathers and other ethnicities, the face of this organization is very much white, upper-middle class women.
O
The organization needs to- and is working to- lessen the amount of time spent on helping parents with school enrollment and more time working to ensure that all schools in the city are high quality. This is a significant strategic shift and will help broaden PPS's base of support. PPS is working on a thin financial margin and needs to broaden its funding base. In particular, it needs to capitalize much more than it does on its member base.
Partners in School Innovation (2 recommendations) Partners in School Innovation’s custom work improves student performance in public schools.
Partners in School Innovation
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http://www.partnersinschools.org

Evidence of Impact

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Partners in School Innovation’s custom work improves student performance in public schools.
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Partners in School Innovation has a decade plus track record of making a difference in student achievement in schools. They typically partner with a subset of low achieving schools within a school district and work with the principal and a team of teachers to improve instruction, use of assessment to inform instructional decision making, and curriculum planning. Teachers and principals with PISI at their schools testify to the coaching support that they provide.

Organizational Strengths

F
Partners in School Innovation’s peer coaching methods spread continuous quality improvement. Their leadership and staff are exemplary.
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PISI has a dynamic executive director, Derek Mitchell, who is working with their board on an aggressive expansion plan. They have strong program staff (I don't know about the operations side as well) and very good methodology and tools. They deliver a solid, impactful service.

Areas for Improvement

F
Partners in School Innovation could improve its long-term fundraising approach. They could widen its staff recruitment pool to attract culturally competent candidates who will stay in the area.
O
I think they need support in marketing and in designing a business plan that will help them to realistically and effectively scale up. I also think they need support in diversifying their partnership model with districts as well as with individual schools. What is their "suite" of services going to be?
Peninsula Bridge (2 recommendations) They have a simple theory of change: get disadvantaged 8th grade students into Algebra 1 and advanced English (LA) so they get put on the college track in high school.
Peninsula Bridge
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http://www.peninsulabridge.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a simple theory of change: get disadvantaged 8th grade students into Algebra 1 and advanced English (LA) so they get put on the college track in high school.
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Their impact is through their specific focus on improving the academic abilities and social capital of middle school students, which positions these students for placement in good high schools.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their engaging teaching methods and leveraging private school campuses. Their summer program counteracts the summer learning loss in low-income communities.
N
They build strong relationships with local independent schools and have access to the resources that these schools have.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to continually push for data and quantifiable results. They must continue to track students through high school and hopefully as to whether they go on to college.
N
They could improve the tracking of their students beyond their program.
People Acting In Community Together Inc (2 recommendations) PACT is a community organizing nonprofit that focuses on issues such as education reform. In the educational reform space, it has become focused on structural change and actively recruits charter schools to come to San Jose or to start in San Jose.
People Acting In Community Together Inc

http://www.pactsj.org

Evidence of Impact

N
PACT is a community organizing nonprofit that focuses on issues such as education reform. In the educational reform space, it has become focused on structural change and actively recruits charter schools to come to San Jose or to start in San Jose.
N
PACT is the most important non-profit in San Jose. It has created the opportunity for parents to clarify what they want for their children and then advocate for changes to get them what they want.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership and staff are top notch, well connected, and savvy. Their model mandates that community members, not staff, lead all actions, so the staff feels as though it is much larger than it is.
N
PACT is incredibly inclusive and does a great job of supporting other non-profits and community actors in creating change and mobilizing communities.

Areas for Improvement

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The model should be replicated among other PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) affiliates, and the statewide organization PICO California should base itself upon PACT's goals and abilities to usher in change quickly
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I really don't feel like PACT needs to "improve”—I just wish they were bigger and had more capacity.
Pivot Learning Partners (2 recommendations) Pivot is demonstrably effective in improving student outcomes. They help school leaders focus on the right things in a way that produces change.
Pivot Learning Partners

http://www.pivotlearningpartners.org

Evidence of Impact

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Pivot is demonstrably effective in improving student outcomes. They help school leaders focus on the right things in a way that produces change.
R
They have done effective work with school districts on the hard work of education improvement.

Organizational Strengths

F
Merrill Vargo is a wonderful, understated leader.
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Merrill Vargo is experienced, dynamic, and wise about school reform and school improvement. She has demonstrated success in getting district buy-in (financial and otherwise) on improvement strategies.

Areas for Improvement

F
Pivot has work to do to explain itself better to the world.
R
They need some rigorous evaluations of impact, beyond current market tests. What lessons have been learned that can and should be widely shared?
Resource Area for Teaching (2 recommendations) RAFT provides low-cost materials and teaching kits to teachers, recognizing that hands-on learning is especially essential for long-term understanding.
Resource Area for Teaching
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http://www.raft.net

Evidence of Impact

N
RAFT provides low-cost materials and teaching kits to teachers, recognizing that hands-on learning is especially essential for long-term understanding.
O
RAFT connects supplies to the classroom, especially helping teachers who have big ideas but not deep pockets.

Organizational Strengths

N
They provide materials to teachers at a low price and are teacher focused. RAFT re-uses materials from many for-profit companies, which means they are green.
O
RAFT runs a lean organization, and they have harnessed the corporate community in Silicon Valley.

Areas for Improvement

N
RAFT primarily services teachers in San Jose and recently in Redwood City. Expansion to additional sites is needed; they need to go to where the teachers are located. RAFT needs to incorporate technology into the offering as well.
O
It would be good to see RAFT harness the intellectual knowledge of corporate workers, not just the materials, perhaps as a clearing house for classroom volunteers tied to a teacher's specific project.
Rocketship Education (2 recommendations) Through Rocketship Education, students achieve high test scores.
Rocketship Education

http://www.rsed.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Through Rocketship Education, students achieve high test scores.
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This organization has impact through its strong elementary school management, which was exemplified by their winning the 2009 Innovation Award.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their school day that includes 1.5 hours in which students are supervised by instructional aides and are either in reading groups or on the computer, leading to fewer credential staff hired and lower costs.
O
Their CEO John Danner has a keen understanding on finance and leadership to sustain their gains.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are scaling rapidly, so there is an open question about what happens as their model grows so quickly. Also, they have almost uniformly white leadership and teaching staff serving majority Latino children.
O
Rocketship would achieve more by being able to expand further beyond three schools and by being CMO to additional schools.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (2 recommendations) Their impact is through providing grant funding to schools and districts.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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http://www.siliconvalleycf.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is through providing grant funding to schools and districts.
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They have achieved frequent media mention of their blogs, articles, and TV appearances. They have recognized leadership.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have focused funding with specific criteria, and their staff is also responsive.
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Their strengths are funding, researching school practices, finances, and running education blogs like the Educated Guess.

Areas for Improvement

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They could keep their focus on funding, not on other areas.
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They could improve by focusing more on education reform and less on funding perhaps.
Summit Preparatory Charter High School (2 recommendations) They impact scores, are an incubator of a 'how to bridge the achievement gap' model, and exert positive peer pressure on the district in which it is geographically sited (Sequoia Union H.S.D.)
Summit Preparatory Charter High School

http://www.summitprep.net

Evidence of Impact

F
They impact scores, are an incubator of a 'how to bridge the achievement gap' model, and exert positive peer pressure on the district in which it is geographically sited (Sequoia Union H.S.D.)
N
Summit Preparatory Charter High School is a leading charter school for addressing needs of minority schools in the Sequoia school district. They are highly visible and get results.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have impact through incredible professional development. Student intersession makes school relevant and interesting, and they are adding new schools.
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They duplicate their successes with replication schools serving similar populations and are about to expand into South San Jose.

Areas for Improvement

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I wish it could get along better with SUHSD (Sequoia Union High School District), but from an outsider’s perspective, it does seem the district is the belligerent actor of the first part.
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They could have better relationships with their local school districts; they have an attitude that alienates many in positions of power and influence.
The Exploratorium (2 recommendations) They have impact in their excellent professional development for both pre-service and in-service science teachers.
The Exploratorium

http://www.exploratorium.edu

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact in their excellent professional development for both pre-service and in-service science teachers.
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The Exploratorium provides an extraordinary facility for doing hands-on science and extends these activities to teachers through workshops, demonstrations in classrooms, etc. The activities provide the most interesting and appropriate way to understand scientific concepts.

Organizational Strengths

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Approaches to science teaching are firmly grounded in research on learning and pedagogical content knowledge. The staff is extremely dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative.
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The leadership has obtained many major grants. The staff has been generous in providing workshops to teachers.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with more professional development in the life sciences and more institutes offered on weekends during the school year.
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External grants allow the Exploratorium to provide many services to teachers. Because of the great value of these workshops, more should be funded.
ACE Charter School (1 recommendation) ACE is a unique public school in San Jose: it is a middle school designed to serve the lowest-performing students in the poorest part of the city. It is on track to getting almost all of its students to proficient on the state test by the time they graduate from 8th grade.
ACE Charter School

http://www.acecharter.org

Evidence of Impact

O
ACE is a unique public school in San Jose: it is a middle school designed to serve the lowest-performing students in the poorest part of the city. It is on track to getting almost all of its students to proficient on the state test by the time they graduate from 8th grade.

Organizational Strengths

O
ACE has an exemplary Executive Director, Greg Lippman, who has assembled a great team at ACE's first charter school. They plan to grow more schools in East San Jose.

Areas for Improvement

O
ACE is very needed, so they need to figure out a quicker growth plan to serve more children.
AYUSA International (1 recommendation) Intrax's AYUSA program is one of the largest inbound/outbound exchange programs in the Bay Area. They provide authentic opportunities for young adults to learn about other cultures through exchanges, home stays, and internships.
AYUSA International

http://www.ayusa.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Intrax's AYUSA program is one of the largest inbound/outbound exchange programs in the Bay Area. They provide authentic opportunities for young adults to learn about other cultures through exchanges, home stays, and internships.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff are all extremely collaborative, reflective, and interested in creating the most high-impact programming possible. They are all world aware, socially conscious citizens looking to expand the horizons of youth.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their outreach. They could also improve by having longer time frames to get students engaged and applying ways to make that process easier.
Archdiocese of San Francisco Department of Catholic Schools (1 recommendation) The Department of Catholic Schools (DCS) operates programs and provides services whose impact is evidenced by gains on standardized test scores by students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English learners, and those with special needs.
Archdiocese of San Francisco Department of Catholic Schools

http://www.sfdcs.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The Department of Catholic Schools (DCS) operates programs and provides services whose impact is evidenced by gains on standardized test scores by students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English learners, and those with special needs.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization possesses outstanding leadership. Their staff is driven by a strong commitment to a shared vision. Their resources are leveraged to achieve maximum cost-effectiveness. The needs of children are consistently accorded primacy. The professional staff models life-long learning.

Areas for Improvement

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The DCS could be more aggressive in seeking funding from its parent body (the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco)in support of a full time grant writer. Leadership could also be more proactive in asking umbrella associations (such as that for which I work) to scan the environment for appropriate grant and funding opportunities.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1 recommendation) The Astronomical Society of the Pacific provides workshops, teachers, classes, and curriculum materials for students. The most remarkable aspect of the Society is the involvement of large numbers of amateur astronomers who contribute to helping teachers in their classrooms.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific

http://www.astrosociety.org

Evidence of Impact

R
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific provides workshops, teachers, classes, and curriculum materials for students. The most remarkable aspect of the Society is the involvement of large numbers of amateur astronomers who contribute to helping teachers in their classrooms.

Organizational Strengths

R
The leadership has great knowledge of the subject and a passion for sharing the knowledge. The staff includes many volunteers who share the joy of this knowledge.

Areas for Improvement

R
Additional funding would allow greater service to the schools.
Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (1 recommendation) The Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium, Inc. coordinates and assists the efforts of six educational projects that serve about 30,000 students in high-school biology or biotechnology courses throughout the Bay Area by providing hands-on experiences with expensive, advanced materials and equipment.
Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium

http://www.babec.org

Evidence of Impact

R
The Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium, Inc. coordinates and assists the efforts of six educational projects that serve about 30,000 students in high-school biology or biotechnology courses throughout the Bay Area by providing hands-on experiences with expensive, advanced materials and equipment.

Organizational Strengths

R
This nonprofit obtains grants that provide teachers of the Bay Area with training in workshops and with kits of materials and equipment. The leadership submits proposals. The staff does laboratory work that provides reagents needed for the activities.

Areas for Improvement

R
The services are limited by funding. With additional external grants, many more teachers could be served. Fewer than half of the biology teachers in the Bay Area are currently assisted through this program for bringing real hands-on experiences into the classrooms.
Bay Area Community Resources (1 recommendation) This organization is a large service provider of after school programs that excels in engaging students in this area, particularly hard-to-serve older students.
Bay Area Community Resources
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http://www.bacr.org

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization is a large service provider of after school programs that excels in engaging students in this area, particularly hard-to-serve older students.

Organizational Strengths

F
The program design and staff are strong.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could do a better job documenting their impact.
Bay Area Video Coalition (1 recommendation) Each year, through training in audio, video, open source, and 3D design, BAVC serves more than 400 low-income youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn new media skills or be placed in paid internships in the field. Through its Next Gen (youth) programs BAVC provides support for young people from a variety of difficult circumstances through peer support, opportunities to learn 21st century skills, job training, career building information sessions, field trips to area companies in the new media field, and most importantly - paid internships and college credit that will give them a head start as they transition into higher education. Many youth in BAVC's Next Gen programs are the first in their families to consider a college education, and BAVC's programs provide them with the tools and resources they need to move on to college at the community or national level or to make connections in the new media field where they can take positions in a creative field from which their voices are often missing.
Bay Area Video Coalition

http://www.bavc.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Each year, through training in audio, video, open source, and 3D design, BAVC serves more than 400 low-income youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn new media skills or be placed in paid internships in the field. Through its Next Gen (youth) programs BAVC provides support for young people from a variety of difficult circumstances through peer support, opportunities to learn 21st century skills, job training, career building information sessions, field trips to area companies in the new media field, and most importantly - paid internships and college credit that will give them a head start as they transition into higher education. Many youth in BAVC's Next Gen programs are the first in their families to consider a college education, and BAVC's programs provide them with the tools and resources they need to move on to college at the community or national level or to make connections in the new media field where they can take positions in a creative field from which their voices are often missing.

Organizational Strengths

O
The leadership for the organization, starting with executive director Ken Ikeda, is visionary. In addition to its Next Gen programs, BAVC serves more than 5,000 media producers annually through a series of on-site programs in San Francisco. Through daily classes offered in new media and funding in part through a long-time contract with the State of California's Employment Training Panel, BAVC keeps connections to cutting edge new media industries that help to make connections for young people in their youth programs. For example, Pixar, the makers of films such as Finding Nemo and Up, train their employees at BAVC. Because of the relationship between BAVC and Pixar built on staff training, Next Gen students are able to tour the facility as part of their exploration of careers in the field.

Areas for Improvement

O
BAVC aims to improve, through targeted growth, its individual donor area. Traditionally, BAVC has served low-income youth and documentary filmmakers, which are populations that lack disposable income with which to make philanthropic contributions. BAVC has been working to broaden its individual donation base for the last several years and continues to strategize ways to make this area of support more robust. BAVC was recently awarded a contract from the City of San Francisco to assume operations of the city's public access cable station. As part of its effort to ensure that the station serves a broad audience, BAVC is working on ways to better integrate the station with its other programs, including its Next Gen and Creative Services (documentary filmmaker) program. Streamlining the way the public access station (now called SF Commons) operates is a priority for the organization, and it will improve the use of staff time and the logistics of station operations.
Bay Area Writing Project (1 recommendation) This organization has impact through its long and strong years of school reform based on balanced literacy.
Bay Area Writing Project

http://www.bayareawritingproject.org

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has impact through its long and strong years of school reform based on balanced literacy.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their ability to "re-invent" the organization to fit the needs of schools and districts.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with more focus on equity principles.
Career Academy Support Network, UC Berkeley (1 recommendation) Their deep, sustained support for career academies in West Contra Costa Unified has led to higher levels of student engagement, achievement, and high school completion. Their support has included professional development for teachers and strengthening of data used to monitor and improve academies' work.
Career Academy Support Network, UC Berkeley

http://www.casn.berkeley.edu

Evidence of Impact

N
Their deep, sustained support for career academies in West Contra Costa Unified has led to higher levels of student engagement, achievement, and high school completion. Their support has included professional development for teachers and strengthening of data used to monitor and improve academies' work.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have thorough grounding in design and implementation of career academies, the ability to inform practice with research, and a strong connection to career academy networks statewide and nationally.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by expanding their capacity to serve more schools and districts.
Center for Young Women's Development (1 recommendation) This is a San Francisco program for young women who have been incarcerated and are re-entering their lives following release. It has been led by strong, intelligent, and committed women who have themselves come out of the prison system. Latifeeh Simon, the executive director for a number of years won a MacArthur Grant for her leadership work at CYWD. The program includes education and job training, life skills, interpersonal and self-care development, and most importantly, self-esteem and community building programs. It is an amazing program that makes a huge difference in the lives of these young women.
Center for Young Women's Development
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http://www.cywd.org

Evidence of Impact

F
This is a San Francisco program for young women who have been incarcerated and are re-entering their lives following release. It has been led by strong, intelligent, and committed women who have themselves come out of the prison system. Latifeeh Simon, the executive director for a number of years won a MacArthur Grant for her leadership work at CYWD. The program includes education and job training, life skills, interpersonal and self-care development, and most importantly, self-esteem and community building programs. It is an amazing program that makes a huge difference in the lives of these young women.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership of this organization is remarkable. When Lateefah Simon left the executive director position to attend college, Marlene Sanchez, who had also come up through this program, stepped into the executive director role. The transition was well-planned and well-supported, and 4 years later, Marlene has grown into a strong, creative, and experienced leader. They have also done very well with growing their staff into positions of responsibility.

Areas for Improvement

F
This organization is also suffering funding losses, due to the cuts in state and city funding, as well as funding from foundations. They are working on ways to collaborate with other like-minded programs focused on girl empowerment.
Charter Schools Development Center (1 recommendation) If charter schools are going to have a meaningful impact on improving education, their leaders need to be well-trained and well-informed so their schools can be well-run. CSDC is, without a doubt, the best resource for anyone who thinks they can start a school.
Charter Schools Development Center

http://www.chartercenter.org

Evidence of Impact

N
If charter schools are going to have a meaningful impact on improving education, their leaders need to be well-trained and well-informed so their schools can be well-run. CSDC is, without a doubt, the best resource for anyone who thinks they can start a school.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their biggest strength is their knowledge base, which resides in both the leadership and in materials like their tool kits. Their model for financial sustainability also seems to be working; their conferences, trainings and information services subscriptions are generating enough income to keep sufficient staff to stay on top of the latest developments.

Areas for Improvement

N
There has been some significant turnover in staffing, which has been disruptive. The quality of their programs can be uneven given the limited staff of the organization.
Collective Roots (1 recommendation) Collective Roots is an amazing garden-based program in East Palo Alto that has had a tremendous impact on the whole school community. They provide a beautiful outdoor classroom for the Aspire School and, additionally, educate and engage students and their families around issues of food system change, nutrition, health, education, and the environment.
Collective Roots

http://www.collectiveroots.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Collective Roots is an amazing garden-based program in East Palo Alto that has had a tremendous impact on the whole school community. They provide a beautiful outdoor classroom for the Aspire School and, additionally, educate and engage students and their families around issues of food system change, nutrition, health, education, and the environment.

Organizational Strengths

F
Collective Roots has designed an amazing curriculum, which covers issues from science-based learning to health. They have also created an extensive collaborative network with other local nonprofits, making a huge impact on the entire community of East Palo Alto.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are currently going through a leadership transition.
Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids (1 recommendation) CHALK, a youth-led organization, recruits the most disenfranchised youth, those who have been incarcerated, drop out of school, homeless, etc., and establishes an environment of team work and support. The youth have a real voice in how this organization is run. In addition to providing information and resource to youth on the street, CHALK has a hotline, TV show, and a grant-funding program (Youth Funding Youth Ideas) that provides up to $10K to youth-led projects.
Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids

http://www.chalk.org

Evidence of Impact

N
CHALK, a youth-led organization, recruits the most disenfranchised youth, those who have been incarcerated, drop out of school, homeless, etc., and establishes an environment of team work and support. The youth have a real voice in how this organization is run. In addition to providing information and resource to youth on the street, CHALK has a hotline, TV show, and a grant-funding program (Youth Funding Youth Ideas) that provides up to $10K to youth-led projects.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their Peer to Peer programs, their training youth in outreach and advocacy, and their familiarity among many youth.
Community School of Music and Arts (1 recommendation) Nonprofits that service music and arts are increasingly important to counteract the cuts in public school spending. Offering music and arts is critical in connecting with kids in a different way than standard math and English classes.
Community School of Music and Arts

http://www.arts4all.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Nonprofits that service music and arts are increasingly important to counteract the cuts in public school spending. Offering music and arts is critical in connecting with kids in a different way than standard math and English classes.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership, especially their executive director, is a real plus. They are thoughtful and caring. They also have re-evaluated the program in light of the changes in state funding.

Areas for Improvement

N
A continual re-evaluation of offerings is necessary, i.e., where and how to best provide services. They could also improve their board development.
Delancey Street Foundation (1 recommendation) I work closely with the schools and consider it one of the best schools with which I've ever worked. They have achieved incredible success with at risk kids, and they were just selected Charter School of the Year in California.
Delancey Street Foundation
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http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

R
I work closely with the schools and consider it one of the best schools with which I've ever worked. They have achieved incredible success with at risk kids, and they were just selected Charter School of the Year in California.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have superb leadership from Teri DeLane and Craig Miller, as well as a superior teaching staff.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could benefit from more funding so Craig doesn't have to spend so much of his time fundraising.
Destiny Arts (1 recommendation) Destiny Arts' violence prevention and conflict resolution are the very core of their award winning and highly recognized performance company, their highly decorated Martial Arts program, and their Tournament team. Currently, Destiny Arts Center runs after-school, weekend, and summer programs that serve over 150 youth at the Center and another 450-500 youth through our Project DESTINY programs in over 20 pre-elementary, elementary, middle, and high schools. Every year thousands of youth and adults attend classes, workshops, performances, and events led by Destiny adult and youth instructors, students, and performers.
Destiny Arts
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http://www.destinyarts.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Destiny Arts' violence prevention and conflict resolution are the very core of their award winning and highly recognized performance company, their highly decorated Martial Arts program, and their Tournament team. Currently, Destiny Arts Center runs after-school, weekend, and summer programs that serve over 150 youth at the Center and another 450-500 youth through our Project DESTINY programs in over 20 pre-elementary, elementary, middle, and high schools. Every year thousands of youth and adults attend classes, workshops, performances, and events led by Destiny adult and youth instructors, students, and performers.

Organizational Strengths

O
One strength is their Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, which combines the signature movement disciplines of dance and martial arts with theater and spoken word. Another strength is the three founding directors as well as the many dedicated volunteers that helped to shape Destiny into the innovative youth development, arts education, and violence prevention center it is today.
E3: Educational Excellence & Equity (1 recommendation) E3 is a relatively new venture (18 months) here in San Rafael, CA that has attracted attention in other cities such as Richmond and Oakland. The program seeks to work with middle schoolers, who are deemed "most likely to fail" based on their test scores. The intervention includes working with both students and teachers and the early testimonials are impressive. There is some anecdotal evidence that when a failing math student participates in the program and his or her teacher has also been through the program, the student's grade in math rises. Students in other teachers' classrooms continue to fail. The inclusion of the teachers in the "theory of change" for E3 is what makes this model promising. If someone cares about impacting the lives of low-income children in Marin County and beyond, this program is worth a second look.
E3: Educational Excellence & Equity

http://www.ed-ex-eq.org

Evidence of Impact

O
E3 is a relatively new venture (18 months) here in San Rafael, CA that has attracted attention in other cities such as Richmond and Oakland. The program seeks to work with middle schoolers, who are deemed "most likely to fail" based on their test scores. The intervention includes working with both students and teachers and the early testimonials are impressive. There is some anecdotal evidence that when a failing math student participates in the program and his or her teacher has also been through the program, the student's grade in math rises. Students in other teachers' classrooms continue to fail. The inclusion of the teachers in the "theory of change" for E3 is what makes this model promising. If someone cares about impacting the lives of low-income children in Marin County and beyond, this program is worth a second look.

Organizational Strengths

O
Juan Carlos Arauz is a visionary leader who, for seven years, ran a highly successful after school program at the Canal Alliance and has taken the risk to start a new venture during difficult economic times. He wants to change lives on a systemic basis and believes that the school system, especially at the middle school level, can improve dramatically if both the children and the teachers have their sights set higher and the adult leaders have a greater appreciation of the challenges facing low-income immigrants who are labeled for failure at an early age. Juan Carlos is reason enough to bet on E3, but he has also assembled a great advisory board consisting of experienced school board members, business people, and nonprofit leaders. He has managed to make great progress on a small budget during this weak economic environment.

Areas for Improvement

O
This organization is resource constrained. There is a small talented staff, but they could use a strong administrator to "partner" with Juan Carlos's skill as an educator and motivator. Money is being raised from small grants and individual donations, but having ample resources to plan more than one school year ahead would be a fabulous advantage. After all, after 18 months, this is still a big idea with a small budget.
East Bay Asian Youth Center (1 recommendation) This organization works with low-income, largely immigrant communities of often overlooked Asian populations (Mien, Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, etc.), as well as with Latino, African American, and Pacific Islander families and youth in Oakland, California. They work with all ages and have effective tutoring, mentoring, gang intervention, and public school partnerships. They have been active and evolving with the changing population for over 30 years.
East Bay Asian Youth Center

http://www.ebayc.org

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization works with low-income, largely immigrant communities of often overlooked Asian populations (Mien, Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, etc.), as well as with Latino, African American, and Pacific Islander families and youth in Oakland, California. They work with all ages and have effective tutoring, mentoring, gang intervention, and public school partnerships. They have been active and evolving with the changing population for over 30 years.

Organizational Strengths

R
The leadership and staff of this organization are a mirror image of the larger community. EBAYC has cultural awareness and cultural competence, as well as language capacity, to work with youth and families that cannot be reached by other organizations. The executive director has led this organization for more than 30 years and is a thoughtful and productive elected member of the Oakland Unified School District's Board of Education.

Areas for Improvement

R
One area of improvement would be expanding their geographical reach within Oakland. EBAYC is very strong in the communities where their target populations are most concentrated, but they are not strong in communities or schools with small but growing pockets of Asian immigrants (example: Cambodians in deep West Oakland, a historically African American community). Another area of improvement would be in more broadly disseminating the organization's work and the outcomes of its work, through the local and national media, website and internet blogs, etc. They are so busy doing the work that they don't often get the story out more broadly.
East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (1 recommendation) This organization has worked with middle school students from East Palo Alto for over 20 years to provide mentoring and tutoring. During what are very challenging years for youth, this organization has successfully transformed young peoples' attitudes about life and themselves within one summer.
East Palo Alto Stanford Academy

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has worked with middle school students from East Palo Alto for over 20 years to provide mentoring and tutoring. During what are very challenging years for youth, this organization has successfully transformed young peoples' attitudes about life and themselves within one summer.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is that their program is run by Stanford undergraduates and was founded by now founder of the very successful Eastside Prep school in East Palo Alto. It has a long history of developing student leaders and sending them into the field of education and youth services.

Areas for Improvement

R
EPASA needs the stability of an executive director who stays for the long haul to provide programmatic and organizational history and insight as student leaders come and go.
East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (1 recommendation) EPATT provides daily tutoring and athletic development to hundreds of low-income students for the past 20 plus years. They also send students to high quality private schools and help them attain college admissions.
East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring
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http://www.epatt.org

Evidence of Impact

R
EPATT provides daily tutoring and athletic development to hundreds of low-income students for the past 20 plus years. They also send students to high quality private schools and help them attain college admissions.

Organizational Strengths

R
EPATT has a strong and consistent leadership team and has done a good job of serving the East Palo Alto community, as the community has drastically shifted over time.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could use more money and space to reach even more students' lives.
East Palo Alto Youth Court (1 recommendation) EPAYC is still relatively new, but they are providing a viable alternative to the juvenile justice system. In a community-centered courtroom staffed by youth who are trained to serve as the attorneys, jurors, bailiffs, and clerks, it creates a positive, supportive environment for first-time youth offenders. It is the only alternative to incarceration that keeps East Palo Alto youth out of court, and the only proven means of reducing repeat juvenile crime. They have shown that young people will participate when given a chance to when given a chance to participate in a community-based, restorative justice program.
East Palo Alto Youth Court
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http://www.epayouthcourt.org

Evidence of Impact

F
EPAYC is still relatively new, but they are providing a viable alternative to the juvenile justice system. In a community-centered courtroom staffed by youth who are trained to serve as the attorneys, jurors, bailiffs, and clerks, it creates a positive, supportive environment for first-time youth offenders. It is the only alternative to incarceration that keeps East Palo Alto youth out of court, and the only proven means of reducing repeat juvenile crime. They have shown that young people will participate when given a chance to when given a chance to participate in a community-based, restorative justice program.

Organizational Strengths

F
The organization has an amazing leader and tremendous community support. They have created a great curriculum around restorative justice, our legal system, general decision-making, and life skills. Also, they provide comprehensive services for the youth including tutoring and counseling.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are very small and need to staff-up and expand their funding base.
Encorps (1 recommendation) They have increased the retention of high quality math and science educators in low-income public schools (middle and high school) at a variety of engagement levels (tutors, guest teachers, substitutes, full time). They have also created a movement of skills transitioning and have experienced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals who are committed to quality education in low-income communities.
Encorps

http://www.encorpsteachers.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have increased the retention of high quality math and science educators in low-income public schools (middle and high school) at a variety of engagement levels (tutors, guest teachers, substitutes, full time). They have also created a movement of skills transitioning and have experienced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals who are committed to quality education in low-income communities.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is the Encorps team. Encorps has an experienced board of directors that is heavily invested in education in California. The board includes Sherry Lansing, the former chairman of Paramount Pictures, Ted Mitchell, the CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund and President of the California State Board of Education, and Barry Munitz, the chair of the California P-16 Council. In addition to a strong board of directors, Encorps is led by CEO Steve Villano, who has served as president and CEO of nationwide nonprofits. In addition to his socially entrepreneurial background, Mr. Villano has deep roots in American public K-12 and higher education. He has worked as a public education advocate in several key roles during the Administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo and for the National Education Association. Another strength of Encorps is the ability to recruit and support an elusive audience, i.e., transitioning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals. Through relationships with over 20 companies and with national professional associations like the American Chemical Society, they reach out directly to STEM professionals just as they begin to consider teaching. They then provide a clear career pathway for them to begin moving into education, their "education residency" moves individuals through three months of tutoring (3-5 hours a week), guest teaching (3-5 hours a week), substitute teaching, and into full time if they are ready. Through their tutoring and guest teaching fieldwork, professionals gain a strong sense of the classroom before making the determination to teach. Through their unique CEO of the classroom curriculum and support network and program, they bridge the gap between the classroom and the cubicle.

Areas for Improvement

N
They always need to improve their support experiences to improve retention rates. They could also improve by formalizing their approach to recruiting.
Expanding Your Horizon Network (1 recommendation) Many girls do not pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers because of a lack of role models. Often girls do not have personal contact with women who are scientists and engineers. The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Network programs provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. After attending a conference, girls are more interested in pursuing these fields.
Expanding Your Horizon Network
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http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org

Evidence of Impact

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Many girls do not pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers because of a lack of role models. Often girls do not have personal contact with women who are scientists and engineers. The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Network programs provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. After attending a conference, girls are more interested in pursuing these fields.

Organizational Strengths

R
This national network, which has been in existence for more than 30 years, supports approximately 90 conferences each year, reaching many thousands of girls and encouraging them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is a volunteer organization and provides networks for adults (workshop leaders, conference planners) in these fields as well.

Areas for Improvement

R
With more money, additional support and services for individual sites would be provided. Meetings for conference coordinators would be extremely useful.
First Place for Youth (1 recommendation) This organization is best in class for serving Bay Area foster youth and helping them pre- and post-emancipation.
First Place for Youth
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http://www.firstplaceforyouth.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization is best in class for serving Bay Area foster youth and helping them pre- and post-emancipation.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their amazing CEO.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by diversifying their fund development strategy. They are highly reliant on federal and state funds.
Foundation for a College Education (1 recommendation) They have increased college matriculation rates for underserved students.
Foundation for a College Education
Silver-small

http://www.collegefoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have increased college matriculation rates for underserved students.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their target population and geography, i.e., a high-need community, their longevity, and their clear and specific mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their visibility, scale, and access.
George Lucas Educational Foundation: Edutopia (1 recommendation) In the past few years, Edutopia has expanded its services and is now a recognized national organization to bring innovation to educators. They offer online professional development resources to millions of educators across the nation. Their resources are recognized as high quality and having positive impact on schools.
George Lucas Educational Foundation: Edutopia
Silver-small

http://www.edutopia.org

Evidence of Impact

R
In the past few years, Edutopia has expanded its services and is now a recognized national organization to bring innovation to educators. They offer online professional development resources to millions of educators across the nation. Their resources are recognized as high quality and having positive impact on schools.

Organizational Strengths

R
Edutopia has advanced marketing techniques and solid financial backing to help get the message out widely to educators. Their technological strengths are impressive as well.

Areas for Improvement

R
Edutopia might be too broad and may need to focus more on specific programs or designs. They could improve by showing their proven impact before they tout them on their website. Finding more appropriate ways to measure the impact (i.e. research-driven design) will improve Edutopia's offerings even further.
Girls Middle School (1 recommendation) They have impact through their focus on working with girls at a particularly critical time for their educational and emotional development.
Girls Middle School

http://www.girlsms.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their focus on working with girls at a particularly critical time for their educational and emotional development.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong board and raise good amounts of money to provide scholarships to students whose families cannot pay the tuition.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could work more collaboratively with other organizations.
Great Schools (1 recommendation) They are viewed as a de facto resource for parents around the country to learn about the performance and accountability of schools. They have served 35 million families since its founding in late 1990s.
Great Schools
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http://www.greatschools.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They are viewed as a de facto resource for parents around the country to learn about the performance and accountability of schools. They have served 35 million families since its founding in late 1990s.

Organizational Strengths

F
They are strong in identifying need in the market and now launching College Bound to serve low-income parents and prepare them for supporting kids to be college-ready.
Hewlett Packard Co Foundation (1 recommendation) They have sponsored research and supported programs in education (across the curriculum), including health as it impacts the wellbeing of students.
Hewlett Packard Co Foundation

Evidence of Impact

O
They have sponsored research and supported programs in education (across the curriculum), including health as it impacts the wellbeing of students.

Organizational Strengths

O
They appear to be selective and interested in the added value of the programs and their potential to make significant differences in the organization, school, community, etc.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve by proactively seeking potential grant writers to fund from a more diverse applicant pool.
John Burton Foundation (1 recommendation) They are working to help fund projects for homeless children and youth in the Bay Area. They promote the values of nurturing children who are homeless. There are over 100,000 in California. They are involved in helping groups with grant writing, public policy and advocacy, independent research, and promoting public awareness, as well as building coalitions to work together to deal with this very serious problem for many youth in our area.
John Burton Foundation

http://www.johnburtonfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They are working to help fund projects for homeless children and youth in the Bay Area. They promote the values of nurturing children who are homeless. There are over 100,000 in California. They are involved in helping groups with grant writing, public policy and advocacy, independent research, and promoting public awareness, as well as building coalitions to work together to deal with this very serious problem for many youth in our area.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths include their leadership; they have a powerful founder, John Burton (former president pro tem of the California Senate). Their executive director is very passionate about the cause and is competent. They are also strong in helping other organizations. They have been in existence since 2004 and are helping other smaller groups continue their work for youth in the Bay Area.

Areas for Improvement

R
They do not have enough funding to work with other groups that they would like to support. More work and funds are needed for the foster care programs they desire to support. Also they would like to do more training for their organizations in areas like forgiveness but do not have the resources. As a matter of fact, they had to cut back their own limited funds in the last few years.
John W. Gardner Center (1 recommendation) Their Data Archives Project has helped several Bay Area School Districts track success indicators and measures.
John W. Gardner Center

http://www.gardnercenter.stanford.edu

Evidence of Impact

N
Their Data Archives Project has helped several Bay Area School Districts track success indicators and measures.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are the credibility of Stanford Education School, their leadership with Dr. Milbrey McLaughlin, and that they help schools turn data (irrefutable data, I might add) into an action plan to course correct for low-performing students.

Areas for Improvement

N
Sometimes they can be spread too thin and take on projects that seem out of their expertise.
Jose Valdez Math Foundation (1 recommendation) They increase the capacity of underserved students' access to higher-level math and science coursework at the high school.
Jose Valdez Math Foundation

http://www.valdesmath.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They increase the capacity of underserved students' access to higher-level math and science coursework at the high school.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their rigor as well as their longevity, leadership, and ability to recruit students.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their visibility and scale.
Juma Ventures (1 recommendation) Juma Ventures seems to directly impact high school graduation, college going rates, and college persistence rates.
Juma Ventures
Silver-small

http://www.jumaventures.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Juma Ventures seems to directly impact high school graduation, college going rates, and college persistence rates.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a very strong executive director and strong ties to the corporate community.

Areas for Improvement

N
I'm not sure I totally understand the current changes they seem to be making programmatically- I'd like to see them have a more public, clear articulation of their theory of change so that their effectiveness against outcomes can ultimately be more transparent.
KQED (1 recommendation) KQED is the leader in presenting current science education programming over public broadcasting.
KQED

http://www.kqed.org

Evidence of Impact

R
KQED is the leader in presenting current science education programming over public broadcasting.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have excellent educational programming, and National Public Radio (NPR) is the most intelligent radio in the country.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve by having more free educational videos.
Khan Academy (1 recommendation) They share teaching with students across the nation and make it easier for students to understand concepts in math, science, and economics through videos.
Khan Academy

http://www.khanacademy.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They share teaching with students across the nation and make it easier for students to understand concepts in math, science, and economics through videos.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is the commitment of the founder; he is the only person doing all the work for free.

Areas for Improvement

N
The founder could improve his video quality and make it an organization rather than one-man show.
Lawrence Hall of Science (1 recommendation) LHS has curricular and pedagogical input on schools and districts through materials and professional development.
Lawrence Hall of Science
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http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org

Evidence of Impact

R
LHS has curricular and pedagogical input on schools and districts through materials and professional development.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their highly qualified and well-informed staff to conduct professional development and re-conceptualize math and science education for K-12.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with a stronger focus on equity principles for professional development and coaching teachers.
Leadership Excellence (1 recommendation) Leadership Excellence has been working with black youth for 20 years. The organization provides youth that have experienced intense forms of social trauma with a greater sense of well-being in their neighborhoods and schools. It provides historically disenfranchised youth with avenues to civic engagement. LE serves upwards of 400 youth each year with programs such as Freedom Schools, Camp Akili, job training and placement, academic and social support, positive youth identity development, and leadership development.
Leadership Excellence
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http://www.leaderexcel.com

Evidence of Impact

R
Leadership Excellence has been working with black youth for 20 years. The organization provides youth that have experienced intense forms of social trauma with a greater sense of well-being in their neighborhoods and schools. It provides historically disenfranchised youth with avenues to civic engagement. LE serves upwards of 400 youth each year with programs such as Freedom Schools, Camp Akili, job training and placement, academic and social support, positive youth identity development, and leadership development.

Organizational Strengths

R
One strength of the organization is its long-term impact and sustainability, having served youth for 20 years. As well, LE provides consistent access for youth to African American role models through its commitment to staffing their programs with African American adults from the community.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization could develop new ways to measure impact data. LE could further explore entrepreneurial ways of sustainability (i.e, selling curriculum, conducting trainings, etc).
Math/Science Nucleus (1 recommendation) The Math/Science Nucleus provides extraordinary educational resources in Fremont, CA: the Tule Ponds with its classroom, the Gordon Museum of fossils, etc. Teachers and students attend various workshops at these locations. Courses are provided for students. Many are involved in community service projects, especially at the Tule Ponds and Lake Elizabeth.
Math/Science Nucleus

http://www.msnucleus.org

Evidence of Impact

R
The Math/Science Nucleus provides extraordinary educational resources in Fremont, CA: the Tule Ponds with its classroom, the Gordon Museum of fossils, etc. Teachers and students attend various workshops at these locations. Courses are provided for students. Many are involved in community service projects, especially at the Tule Ponds and Lake Elizabeth.

Organizational Strengths

R
The leadership is provided especially by Dr. Joyce Blueford who is dedicated to improving science education in the schools through hands-on activities and in-depth understandings. Her staff provides excellent workshops and classes. Others contribute to curriculum development.

Areas for Improvement

R
The Math and Science Nucleus is limited by relatively few external grants. The impact on the local communities could be much greater with additional funding.
Metwest High School (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their student engagement. Their high school kids love coming to school and emerge feeling passionate and knowledgeable about a future career.
Metwest High School
Silver-small

http://www.metwest.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Their impact is through their student engagement. Their high school kids love coming to school and emerge feeling passionate and knowledgeable about a future career.
Mission Science Workshop (1 recommendation) They serve largely low-income kids and provide science experiences that are unavailable in public schools in San Francisco.
Mission Science Workshop
Silver-small

http://www.missionscienceworkshop.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They serve largely low-income kids and provide science experiences that are unavailable in public schools in San Francisco.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strength is that their leadership is a long-time science educator.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need more help in targeting funding opportunities.
Morgan Family Foundation (1 recommendation) The foundation has funded programs, projects, and innovations (including research) that has had a significant impact on both in-school and after-school programs.
Morgan Family Foundation

http://www.morganfamilyfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

O
The foundation has funded programs, projects, and innovations (including research) that has had a significant impact on both in-school and after-school programs.

Organizational Strengths

O
Leadership, operations, and finances are strong characteristics of the foundation.
Mouse Squad (1 recommendation) MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) Student Tech provides youth access to technology education and training necessary to be successful in today's information society, while assisting schools to realize a vision for 21st century teaching and learning. MSCA has Mouse Squads in 19 Santa Clara County schools and mentors and tutors from local high tech companies.
Mouse Squad
Silver-small

http://www.mousesquad.org

Evidence of Impact

F
MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) Student Tech provides youth access to technology education and training necessary to be successful in today's information society, while assisting schools to realize a vision for 21st century teaching and learning. MSCA has Mouse Squads in 19 Santa Clara County schools and mentors and tutors from local high tech companies.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strengths are Jan Half, their program coordinator, and their very involved mentors and tutors from local high tech companies.

Areas for Improvement

F
There is nothing more funding couldn't solve. We are working with MSCA to help them partner with other education community programs.
NatureBridge (1 recommendation) NatureBridge, based in San Francisco, provides environmental field science experiences for more than 35,000 upper elementary, middle, and high school students annually at its four campuses within National Parks: Yosemite Institute in Yosemite National Park, Headlands Institute within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Santa Monica Mountains Institute within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Olympic Institute within Olympic National Park. A Core Educational Framework guides instruction, allowing for high quality, field-based inquiry science that is presented in the environmental and ecological context of each campus. Residential programs for schools are generally 3 to 5 days. The diversity initiative has enable NatureBridge to provide scholarships to 30 percent of all students and to bring schools from low income, urban districts to its campuses. NatureBridge implements its education programs and realizes outcomes in the context of three key themes: sense of place, interconnections, and environmental stewardship.
NatureBridge
Silver-small

http://www.naturebridge.org

Evidence of Impact

R
NatureBridge, based in San Francisco, provides environmental field science experiences for more than 35,000 upper elementary, middle, and high school students annually at its four campuses within National Parks: Yosemite Institute in Yosemite National Park, Headlands Institute within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Santa Monica Mountains Institute within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Olympic Institute within Olympic National Park. A Core Educational Framework guides instruction, allowing for high quality, field-based inquiry science that is presented in the environmental and ecological context of each campus. Residential programs for schools are generally 3 to 5 days. The diversity initiative has enable NatureBridge to provide scholarships to 30 percent of all students and to bring schools from low income, urban districts to its campuses. NatureBridge implements its education programs and realizes outcomes in the context of three key themes: sense of place, interconnections, and environmental stewardship.

Organizational Strengths

R
The CEO, Susan Smartt and her senior leadership team comprised of all campus executive directors, the VP of Finance, and the VP of External Affairs are all seasoned professionals. Campus executive directors have extensive backgrounds in environmental education; two have MBAs, and the newest executive director at Santa Monica Mountains was most recently a LA Unified School District science education leader. The board chair, Steve Lockhart, was a member of the National Park Service's Second Century Commission. An outside Education Advisory Council provides expert advice to the Board of Directors. It recently led an organization-wide revision of the Core Education Framework to be released in July 2010. Stanford University Education Professor Richard Shavelson is Chair of the NatureBridge Education Advisory Council, along with council members Professor Nicole Ardoin of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and School of Education, Sonia Ortega of the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program, Daniel Edelson, Vice President of Education and Children’s Programming at National Geographic Society, and Andrew Marcus, Professor of Geology at the University of Oregon.

Areas for Improvement

R
NatureBridge will continue to enhance its diversity initiative organization-wide. It is actively recruiting new field educators and staff who mirror the diversity of students served each year. The board of directors is actively recruiting a more diverse group of members, as well. NatureBridge is committed to continuous reflection on program outcomes and improvement.
Next Generation Scholars (1 recommendation) They have a holistic approach, integrating parents and caregivers, supporting student success, while also ensuring they give back to the community. They are a model for supporting 1st generation students to reach their dreams and connect to the community.
Next Generation Scholars
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http://www.nextgenerationscholars.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a holistic approach, integrating parents and caregivers, supporting student success, while also ensuring they give back to the community. They are a model for supporting 1st generation students to reach their dreams and connect to the community.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have amazing visionary leadership from Sally Matsuishi, strong finances, and GREAT collaborators.

Areas for Improvement

N
They focus on a small number of students, and they could expand their net and benefit more kids.
Noyce Foundation (1 recommendation) They have impact through their funding provided for stipends and scholarships for training secondary math and science teachers. They provide long-standing support for authentic assessment and research-based pedagogy.
Noyce Foundation

http://www.noycefdn.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through their funding provided for stipends and scholarships for training secondary math and science teachers. They provide long-standing support for authentic assessment and research-based pedagogy.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a strong leader in David Foster, who is not only an advocate but also willing to invest where investment is needed.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could use their visibility to help bring greater coordination and communication amongst Bay Area non-profits focused on improving secondary mathematics education.
Oakland Kids First (1 recommendation) This organization has impact through its successful policy change to implement peer counseling in Oakland high schools. The problem is well known; on average, counselors in California public schools have a load of 300-400 students each. Through student-led research, organizing, and partnership with school administrators, Kids First achieved a significant shift in organizational practice within hard-to-change, low-performing schools that addresses this critical, systemic deficit with a low-cost approach that increases student and community ownership and investment in the state of local public education.
Oakland Kids First
Silver-small

http://www.kidsfirstoakland.org

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization has impact through its successful policy change to implement peer counseling in Oakland high schools. The problem is well known; on average, counselors in California public schools have a load of 300-400 students each. Through student-led research, organizing, and partnership with school administrators, Kids First achieved a significant shift in organizational practice within hard-to-change, low-performing schools that addresses this critical, systemic deficit with a low-cost approach that increases student and community ownership and investment in the state of local public education.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong leadership; Kim Miyoshi and Julie Iny are strategic and focused in assessing how their relatively small organization can leverage key assets, i.e., community trust and youth desire, to achieve a larger impact.

Areas for Improvement

F
Board development and broader funding base are two areas that can be improved. Given the position of the organization in the nonprofit lifecycle, these areas for improvement are not atypical.
Oakland Leaf (1 recommendation) Oakland Leaf directly serves inner-city youth through programs such as after school art enrichment, academic intervention, summer camp, community organizing, and cross cultural exchanges. On average, of those surveyed, more than 80% of students feel like programs they have participated in have made a positive impact in their lives.
Oakland Leaf

http://www.oaklandleaf.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Oakland Leaf directly serves inner-city youth through programs such as after school art enrichment, academic intervention, summer camp, community organizing, and cross cultural exchanges. On average, of those surveyed, more than 80% of students feel like programs they have participated in have made a positive impact in their lives.

Organizational Strengths

O
Oakland Leaf's mission and values are clear, which drives them to meet their program goals.
Oasis For Girls (1 recommendation) Oasis focuses with razor sharp precision on supporting girls--a critical and often marginalized segment of the youth population. Their programs provide leadership development and a range of soft skills that girls, as a particularly vulnerable population, desperately need. More than anything, their staff and leadership provide constant positive role models for young women to learn from, emulate, and grow along side.
Oasis For Girls
Silver-small

http://www.sfoasis.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Oasis focuses with razor sharp precision on supporting girls--a critical and often marginalized segment of the youth population. Their programs provide leadership development and a range of soft skills that girls, as a particularly vulnerable population, desperately need. More than anything, their staff and leadership provide constant positive role models for young women to learn from, emulate, and grow along side.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their leadership; the executive director is a collaborative, open, reflective, and caring individual who is authentic in her work in every way, which is a trait that is becoming more rare with the explosion of the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sector.

Areas for Improvement

N
I think they can think bigger and work to expand their board with people who will take them to the next level. They could improve by thinking creatively and bolder about capturing some of the opportunities that exist through online and crowd-sourcing technologies to expand and diversify their individual donor and volunteer constituency.
On The Move (1 recommendation) Their program, The Reach Institute for School Leadership, is redesigning teacher training to be very job-embedded and specific to a particular school's model.
On The Move

http://www.onthemovebayarea.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Their program, The Reach Institute for School Leadership, is redesigning teacher training to be very job-embedded and specific to a particular school's model.

Organizational Strengths

N
This is a very flexible, innovative organization that is responding to the needs of the charter school community. The leadership is very driven by the goals of schools to have quality instruction, while supporting the individual teachers.

Areas for Improvement

N
Reach is not yet WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited and will be working hard to achieve that. Because they are an unconventional organization, it may be hard for accrediting teams to understand how this model can be successful, as compared to traditional masters or teacher preparation programs.
Oral Lee Brown Foundation (1 recommendation) The OLBF has been serving Oakland youth for over 20 years, providing them with tutoring, mentoring, college tours, and college scholarships. This program has operated at a 90% graduation rate, well above that for the average Oakland public school.
Oral Lee Brown Foundation

http://www.oralleebrownfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

R
The OLBF has been serving Oakland youth for over 20 years, providing them with tutoring, mentoring, college tours, and college scholarships. This program has operated at a 90% graduation rate, well above that for the average Oakland public school.

Organizational Strengths

R
The OLBF benefits greatly from the continued vision of its sole founder, Mrs. Oral Lee Brown, and strong support from the Oakland community.

Areas for Improvement

R
The OLBF needs full-time staff that can fully operate and therefore strengthen their tutoring and mentoring program.
Out of Site- Center for Arts Education (1 recommendation) They have greatly expanded the opportunities for low-income high school students to study the arts.
Out of Site- Center for Arts Education

http://www.outofsite-sf.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have greatly expanded the opportunities for low-income high school students to study the arts.

Organizational Strengths

N
Out of Site has an amazing group of teaching artists. They have a committed and passionate executive director, Beth Rubenstein.

Areas for Improvement

N
Out of Site should be located at a public school more accessible to a wider group of students in San Francisco.
PICO California (1 recommendation) PICO CA Project provides consultation and support to PICO affiliates in the Bay Area including, San Jose PACT, SF Organizing Project, BOCA in Berkeley, PIA on the Peninsula, CCISCO in Contra Costa County, and COR in Southern Alameda County. Roberta Furger, the staff for PICO CA education work, is a skilled advocate at the district and local level and has guided PICO organizations to secure technical assistance and funding for parent-teacher home visits, small school innovation projects, after school programs, charter school start ups, etc.
PICO California
Silver-small

http://www.picocalifornia.org

Evidence of Impact

N
PICO CA Project provides consultation and support to PICO affiliates in the Bay Area including, San Jose PACT, SF Organizing Project, BOCA in Berkeley, PIA on the Peninsula, CCISCO in Contra Costa County, and COR in Southern Alameda County. Roberta Furger, the staff for PICO CA education work, is a skilled advocate at the district and local level and has guided PICO organizations to secure technical assistance and funding for parent-teacher home visits, small school innovation projects, after school programs, charter school start ups, etc.

Organizational Strengths

N
Roberta, with support of other PICO CA staff, works in collaboration with PICO Bay Area executive directors, staff, and organizational leaders. She provides excellent research and timely updates on legislation, coordinates advocacy efforts, etc.

Areas for Improvement

N
Communications and marketing capacity could use additional support.
Partners,Inc (1 recommendation) They have direct impact at the school level by helping staffs with data analysis and action plans.
Partners,Inc

Evidence of Impact

N
They have direct impact at the school level by helping staffs with data analysis and action plans.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their top leadership is strong. They continue to recruit top-notch staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by making their model more sustainable.
Partnership for Children and Youth (1 recommendation) We have seen the increase in after school programs because of this organization's support in accessing state and federal funds. Partnership has also introduced summer learning, health centers, and community schools to a huge Bay Area audience.
Partnership for Children and Youth
Silver-small

http://www.partnerforchildren.org

Evidence of Impact

F
We have seen the increase in after school programs because of this organization's support in accessing state and federal funds. Partnership has also introduced summer learning, health centers, and community schools to a huge Bay Area audience.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a very professional and well-informed staff.
Playworks (1 recommendation) They do research on their youth development outcomes. They have an impact on the coaches, youth, and students.
Playworks
Silver-small

http://www.playworksusa.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They do research on their youth development outcomes. They have an impact on the coaches, youth, and students.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership and staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to do more research about their program outcomes.
Project Avary (1 recommendation) This program provides summer camp and after-school support for children whose parents are incarcerated. The focus is on developing long-term relationships between the children and with Avery staff, who aim to address the special circumstances of these kids' families with understanding and support. The summer camp is their main program, and year round, they do weekend programs to provide continuity for the kids. Leadership training for adolescents leads to positions to work in the camp and organization.
Project Avary
Bronze-small

http://www.projectavary.org

Evidence of Impact

F
This program provides summer camp and after-school support for children whose parents are incarcerated. The focus is on developing long-term relationships between the children and with Avery staff, who aim to address the special circumstances of these kids' families with understanding and support. The summer camp is their main program, and year round, they do weekend programs to provide continuity for the kids. Leadership training for adolescents leads to positions to work in the camp and organization.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their leadership is committed, well informed about the intergenerational problems these kids face, and intent on breaking the cycle of imprisonment. The staff is very dedicated, as is the board, which included professionals committed to serving these kids (a pediatrician, a lawyer, a psychologist, etc.).

Areas for Improvement

F
Again, funding is the most pressing improvement needed.
Real Options for City Kids (1 recommendation) In a neighborhood that is plagued with violence, this organization has created a safe haven for middle school youth, where they find academic and social support as well as opportunities to explore new activities, such as martial arts and outdoor education.
Real Options for City Kids

http://www.rocksf.org

Evidence of Impact

N
In a neighborhood that is plagued with violence, this organization has created a safe haven for middle school youth, where they find academic and social support as well as opportunities to explore new activities, such as martial arts and outdoor education.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization is deeply involved in one specific neighborhood, which helps focus limited resources. The executive director has been there for a long time, providing stability to the agency.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization needs to seek more public funding, for which they are eligible. They have traditionally refused to accept city money, but given the manner in which youth services are funded in San Francisco, they are missing an opportunity to secure more resources.
SFArtsEd (1 recommendation) This organization has been offering arts education for over 25 years to children through high school age in San Francisco. Professional artists work in the school settings year round and offer summer camp in musical theater and the visual arts. During a time in which arts funding has been virtually cut out of public school education, SFARTSED has offered kids both an expressive outlet and arts training.
SFArtsEd
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http://www.sfartsed.org

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization has been offering arts education for over 25 years to children through high school age in San Francisco. Professional artists work in the school settings year round and offer summer camp in musical theater and the visual arts. During a time in which arts funding has been virtually cut out of public school education, SFARTSED has offered kids both an expressive outlet and arts training.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strength is their leadership. Emily Keeler has been the executive director for over 20 years and has created a strong and vibrant organization that is very well respected in both the arts and education communities. Their staff is experienced, the board is committed, and the programs are well crafted and produce wonderful results for the kids and their community.

Areas for Improvement

F
This year has been awful in terms of funding cuts. I know they are looking to create partnerships and vehicles to enhance their support.
SRI International (1 recommendation) The organization’s impact is its trusted academic and applied research.
SRI International
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http://www.sri.com

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization’s impact is its trusted academic and applied research.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their highly qualified staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization is unknown to many outside of the Bay Area.
San Francisco Education Fund (1 recommendation) Through San Francisco Education Fund, teacher capacity has improved, a successful peer mentoring and leadership program has been implemented across the district, and there has been successful integration of over 1000 volunteers into San Francisco schools.
San Francisco Education Fund
Silver-small

http://www.sfedfund.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Through San Francisco Education Fund, teacher capacity has improved, a successful peer mentoring and leadership program has been implemented across the district, and there has been successful integration of over 1000 volunteers into San Francisco schools.

Organizational Strengths

F
The merger with San Francisco School Volunteers was timely and important. They have strong leadership and strong fundraising capacity.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to focus more clearly on the achievement gap, if that is what they are truly planning to target. They are spread very thin.
Silicon Valley Childrens Fund (1 recommendation) SVCF is providing multiple high quality services to high needs youth. I would especially like to commend them for their work in foster care; their work to ensure that foster care youth get adequate academic support is very impressive.
Silicon Valley Childrens Fund
Silver-small

http://www.svcf.org

Evidence of Impact

N
SVCF is providing multiple high quality services to high needs youth. I would especially like to commend them for their work in foster care; their work to ensure that foster care youth get adequate academic support is very impressive.
Silver Giving Foundation (1 recommendation) Their leadership and strategic mobilization of resources has been critical to pioneering reform efforts in San Francisco Unified School District.
Silver Giving Foundation

http://www.silvergiving.org

Evidence of Impact

R
Their leadership and strategic mobilization of resources has been critical to pioneering reform efforts in San Francisco Unified School District.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their leadership, strategic flexibility, and access to resources.

Areas for Improvement

R
They should stay small, because building internal capacity threatens key organizational assets.
Stanford School of Education (1 recommendation) They have a high level of impact on teaching, professional development, and research, and they also have a charter school serving African Americans and Latinos.
Stanford School of Education

http://www.ed.stanford.edu

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a high level of impact on teaching, professional development, and research, and they also have a charter school serving African Americans and Latinos.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership and staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their marketing.
Students Rising Above (1 recommendation) Participants of the program achieve college persistence rates to graduation.
Students Rising Above
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http://www.studentsrisingabove.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Participants of the program achieve college persistence rates to graduation.

Organizational Strengths

N
Students Rising Above has strong leadership and a well-designed program that not only provides access but also support for students in college.

Areas for Improvement

N
SRA could do more strategic outreach. A lot of the onus is on students and/or teachers to find them. The kids who need this type of support might not ever find them.
Sunset Youth Services (1 recommendation) They have developed an after-school curriculum for middle school youth that is both steeped in youth development principles and aligned with California State Standards. They are the exemplary beacon in the city.
Sunset Youth Services
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http://www.sunsetyouthservices.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have developed an after-school curriculum for middle school youth that is both steeped in youth development principles and aligned with California State Standards. They are the exemplary beacon in the city.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership is exceptional and stable. They have been able to leverage multiple sources of funding and support to bring other high-impact programs to the Bay Area such as Experience Corps.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to focus more on fundraising from private foundations and individual donors. I know they are on the path to doing so.
Team-Up For Youth (1 recommendation) They impact youth development outcomes.
Team-Up For Youth
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http://www.teamupforyouth.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They impact youth development outcomes.

Organizational Strengths

N
They impact the coaches that they train and impact the youth that learn sports in high quality ways as well as the community-based organizations that work with them.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could expand their work and marketing.
The Marsh- a breeding ground for new performance (1 recommendation) This arts program for young people is run out of Marsh Theater in the Mission District in San Francisco. They open their doors to all motivated children, whether they can pay or not, providing a safe, creative, and caring expressive community in a theater education context. I have seen strong relationships created with teachers and peers that mitigate some of the deficits in their home and school environments.
The Marsh- a breeding ground for new performance

http://www.themarsh.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This arts program for young people is run out of Marsh Theater in the Mission District in San Francisco. They open their doors to all motivated children, whether they can pay or not, providing a safe, creative, and caring expressive community in a theater education context. I have seen strong relationships created with teachers and peers that mitigate some of the deficits in their home and school environments.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a very strong executive director, Emily Klion, whose sensitivity and engagement with the kids is extraordinary. She has created this program and led it for more than 10 years, and she is extremely talented as a theater director as well. An experienced staff and a dedicated board sustain the organization.

Areas for Improvement

F
Once again, the need to create new sources of funding is the most pressing improvement needed.
The Nueva School (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their commitment to high-level students.
The Nueva School

http://www.nuevaschool.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is through their commitment to high-level students.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their programs, such their social-emotional learning program and science program, which are hands-on and project-based, cover math and the arts, and have parent involvement. Their music program is very unique. Another strength is their innovation, such as the I-LAB (based on design principals of Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford). They also have a very high attended conference.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to be able to share their programs with other high-need schools and to change their image from being only for rich parents (which it isn't) to for all students.
The Riekes Center For Human Enhancement (1 recommendation) Reikes center does a phenomenal job at building student athletes and musicians, especially for those lacking the resources to develop those skills.
The Riekes Center For Human Enhancement

http://www.riekes.org

Evidence of Impact

O
Reikes center does a phenomenal job at building student athletes and musicians, especially for those lacking the resources to develop those skills.

Organizational Strengths

O
Gary Reikes also concentrates on building student leadership: training students to run, develop, and lead the organization. Students go far beyond the sports and music roots to learn how to work across borders and to work together.

Areas for Improvement

O
Reikes could improve its profile in the community and even expand beyond the Redwood City location (so long as it does not compromise their incredibly high standards).
The Role Model Program (1 recommendation) This 20+ year old nonprofit has quietly been providing Role Models to Silicon Valley middle school classrooms. Trained Role Models work students through an eight-week curriculum that helps students develop a plan to pursue their career dreams.
The Role Model Program
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http://www.therolemodelprogram.org

Evidence of Impact

F
This 20+ year old nonprofit has quietly been providing Role Models to Silicon Valley middle school classrooms. Trained Role Models work students through an eight-week curriculum that helps students develop a plan to pursue their career dreams.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a very strong executive director, Marybeth Affleck-Nacey; a great group of Role Model classroom volunteers; and a strong, stable, and involved board of directors.

Areas for Improvement

F
It is a great program whose impact on students is limited by funding. With more funding this program could extend its reach beyond Santa Clara County.
The Summit Institute (1 recommendation) The Summit Institute leadership team built the top-ranked new high school in Silicon Valley and has opened one expansion school already, with the next two announced. They've achieved Latino success in high school in an integrated model.
The Summit Institute

Evidence of Impact

O
The Summit Institute leadership team built the top-ranked new high school in Silicon Valley and has opened one expansion school already, with the next two announced. They've achieved Latino success in high school in an integrated model.

Organizational Strengths

O
Summit Institute does a phenomenal job at teacher development and then channeling those developed teachers into contact with students. They have built a deep team bench of school leaders as they roll out new schools. The student dimension shows in outstanding student performance, i.e., 100% admission to college, all while running on the standard California budget.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need additional assistance in overcoming hostile public schools districts in order to shift funding to students from lawyers.
The Tech Museum (1 recommendation) They have impact through their outreach to all students and by making science fun.
The Tech Museum
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http://www.thetech.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their outreach to all students and by making science fun.

Organizational Strengths

N
One of their strengths is in their ability to produce high quality work of science. Their Tech Museum Awards that recognize and incentivize other non-profits to continue their work is also a strength.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to be used in the classroom more.
United Playaz (1 recommendation) They are very well known among youth from a variety of communities. This organization focuses on a peer-to-peer model that educates youth about conflict mediation and youth development to decrease violence among youth.
United Playaz
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http://www.unitedplayaz.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They are very well known among youth from a variety of communities. This organization focuses on a peer-to-peer model that educates youth about conflict mediation and youth development to decrease violence among youth.

Organizational Strengths

N
They work on the campuses of several high school sites. The administration at these schools relies on UP to help "keep the peace" among students. UP conducts gender specific discussion groups. UP staff has their hands on the pulse of the student body and often eliminates small issues among students before these issues fester, often times without the administration being aware of what has happened. Many UP staff members are former UP youth members. Their motto is "It takes the hood to save the hood."

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with more professionalism; they are very edgy, and that's great, but in a public forum they must be more professional, particularly the executive director.
Walden West Outdoor School Foundation (1 recommendation) They inspire young people to engage in environmental science issues and concerns.
Walden West Outdoor School Foundation

http://www.waldenwestfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They inspire young people to engage in environmental science issues and concerns.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their longevity, their operations, and their inspirational and committed staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their marketing.
World Savvy (1 recommendation) As a project-based school that has a global perspective, my students have done World Savvy's World Affairs Challenge every year for the past 7 years. Our students gain a unique perspective and often go on to explore vocations that involve some kind of global connection. They have also gone from our middle school into the high schools to spread the World Affairs Challenge (WAC) into high school classes.
World Savvy
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http://www.worldsavvy.org

Evidence of Impact

N
As a project-based school that has a global perspective, my students have done World Savvy's World Affairs Challenge every year for the past 7 years. Our students gain a unique perspective and often go on to explore vocations that involve some kind of global connection. They have also gone from our middle school into the high schools to spread the World Affairs Challenge (WAC) into high school classes.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great leadership with Dana Curran. They are supportive of teachers in providing the research related to the WAC focus (e.g., this year Water; previous years - Children's Rights, Energy, World Health. They also have effective support from foundations and individuals.

Areas for Improvement

N
In this day of economic challenges, I know that World Savvy was also hit by the downturn. We had hoped to spread the WAC to Napa where my school resides so that schools along the 80 corridor toward Sacramento might participate in a WAC in Napa but because of the lack of funding we were unable to pull that off this year.
Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance (1 recommendation) This is an all-volunteer organization starting at the beginning, using resources and personnel from the community who have a "HUGE HEART.” They have been a nonprofit since 1996. The focus of their work is to promote forgiveness and ways to deal with grievances in the lives of children and their families. They want to expand to programs within the Marin County School District. Currently their curricula include materials from Dr. Fred Luskin at Stanford and NonViolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenburg.
Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance

http://www.forgivenessalliance.org

Evidence of Impact

R
This is an all-volunteer organization starting at the beginning, using resources and personnel from the community who have a "HUGE HEART.” They have been a nonprofit since 1996. The focus of their work is to promote forgiveness and ways to deal with grievances in the lives of children and their families. They want to expand to programs within the Marin County School District. Currently their curricula include materials from Dr. Fred Luskin at Stanford and NonViolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenburg.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their dedication and community and volunteer building. For 14 years they have sponsored the International Forgiveness Day in the Bay Area.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are now an all-volunteer organization. They need funds to pay for a small, regular staff to sustain and follow through with their efforts. They also need funds to pay for expert trainers to train their own volunteer trainers, especially when trying to move their programs into middle and high schools. They want to develop a curriculum for youth called Forgiveness as a Life Skill for Teens and their Families (TM).
WriterCoach Connection (1 recommendation) They deliver one-on-one support for middle and high school students on their English class writing assignments in class during the school day.
WriterCoach Connection
Gold-small

http://www.writercoachconnection.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They deliver one-on-one support for middle and high school students on their English class writing assignments in class during the school day.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and a lean budget, and they are leveraging community support to bring hundreds of volunteers from the community into the schools.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more funding to address the growing demand for their services, at a time when school budgets are declining.
YMCA (1 recommendation) They have impact through their youth-oriented programming and opportunities for safe and productive play.
YMCA

http://www.ymca.net

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their youth-oriented programming and opportunities for safe and productive play.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership, staff, and community placement.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their marketing and outreach.
Young Scholars Program (1 recommendation) Year after year, Young Scholars Program assists more black students to graduate from high school and enroll in college than perhaps any other program in the Bay Area.
Young Scholars Program

http://www.nationalyoungscholars.org

Evidence of Impact

F
Year after year, Young Scholars Program assists more black students to graduate from high school and enroll in college than perhaps any other program in the Bay Area.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their success is accomplished through a combination of strong leadership, a mobilized and focused volunteer corps, an asset-based and African American cultural aesthetic, and sheer determination. They are terrific at establishing a larger network - "Village" - of support for students and their families and enabling them to receive the information, encouragement, and guidance needed to stay firmly on a college-bound path.

Areas for Improvement

F
Although the organization has enormous and moving success with coaching and preparing its participants for college, YSP needs to strengthen its infrastructure so that the organization's success doesn't rest on the shoulders of its charismatic and dedicated founder. They also need assistance with positioning the organization to attract additional, larger funding from individuals and foundations.
Youth Community Service (1 recommendation) YCS has worked closely with us, and they are very passionate about getting youth involved in leadership.
Youth Community Service

http://www.youthcommunityservice.org

Evidence of Impact

N
YCS has worked closely with us, and they are very passionate about getting youth involved in leadership.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff is very passionate and open to all youth.
Youth Leadership Institute (1 recommendation) Their impact is highlighting the social conditions that youth encounter as barriers towards academic achievement, which has led to policy change.
Youth Leadership Institute
Silver-small

http://www.yli.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is highlighting the social conditions that youth encounter as barriers towards academic achievement, which has led to policy change.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strengths include leadership, whose vision is based on what is best for students and is well documented in their actions as well as in the style of implementation of programs. The leadership holds the integrity of the organization in a manner that supports the needs of its students. In other words, the organization does what it says it will do. The implementation of programs involves a high percentage of youth input in their analysis and training, which strengthens the value of the work. In other words, this organization is for the youth and by the youth.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization can improve by utilizing a better and stronger mechanism to collaborate with other organization. Most organizations create partnerships as a need for collecting grants or utilizing one's own network. YLI needs the ability to improve its own effectiveness in selecting policy issues and potential partners.
Youth Speaks (1 recommendation) For large numbers of low-income youth, Youth Speaks' spoken word has been a powerful bridge to literacy, engagement in learning, and confidence.
Youth Speaks
Silver-small

http://www.youthspeaks.org

Evidence of Impact

O
For large numbers of low-income youth, Youth Speaks' spoken word has been a powerful bridge to literacy, engagement in learning, and confidence.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have visionary leadership within a national network of spoken word poets and educators, a strong visible presence in the community of San Francisco, and terrific capacity to connect spoken word to rigorous, standards-based education.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could take the leap to partnering deeply with one or more schools, making the art of spoken word more central to core learning for adolescents.
Youth Uprising (1 recommendation) Youth Uprising is essentially a youth "clubhouse" or drop-in center, so the impact they track would vary from program area to program area. That being said, they seem to have crossed the first key threshold, which is demonstrating a strong number of "repeat" users of the facility.
Youth Uprising
Silver-small

http://www.youthuprising.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Youth Uprising is essentially a youth "clubhouse" or drop-in center, so the impact they track would vary from program area to program area. That being said, they seem to have crossed the first key threshold, which is demonstrating a strong number of "repeat" users of the facility.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong executive director, an excellent facility, and a strong community support and buy-in.

Areas for Improvement

N
They serve a fairly narrow and specific geography (East Oakland).
Youth Worker Collective (1 recommendation) They are an amazing group of people who are committed to the support of youth workers from philosophy to action. They have huge impact on the individuals they serve and on the overall youth development field in general.
Youth Worker Collective

http://www.ywcollective.org

Evidence of Impact

O
They are an amazing group of people who are committed to the support of youth workers from philosophy to action. They have huge impact on the individuals they serve and on the overall youth development field in general.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a committed and dedicated staff, have a strong steering committee, and provide extremely relevant education and information to their communities.

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