This Week we Celebrate Education Volunteerism!
For the week of Sept. 16, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Jumpstart , National Association of Black Accountants, uAspire and United Way. How do education volunteers make an impact?
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" – Jeanne Foster Jeanne FosterVolunteer, uAspire
- Children from low-income neighborhoods start kindergarten 60% behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them woefully unprepared when it's time to start school.
- Education is the key to success in life – it opens doors to new ideas and career opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable without it.
- Education is a point of pride – whether it's graduating from high school or becoming a first-generation college graduate, education builds confidence in young people. Connecting students to volunteers who can help them reach their educational goals makes a powerful impact.
- Education is a way to set a positive example for young people – students may forego the idea of attending college very early on because they believe they cannot afford it. By connecting students to volunteers who can share their story and advice, they can begin to believe that college truly is an option for them – and will begin to work towards this goal.
- Good field position is as important in the classroom as it is on the gridiron. In education, the better position a child starts with, the better chance they have at reaching the end zone: graduation.
- With up to 67% of children not reading proficiently by third grade in some Massachusetts communities, one volunteer's small act can create a measurable difference in that child's education and learning experience.
Jeanne Foster volunteers with uAspire, working with students at some of the most challenging schools in western, Mass., where students often do not think about attending college. Since 2009, she has met with every senior student at four schools to discuss college. For many students, this is the first meaningful conversation they have ever had about college. Jeanne tirelessly provides her support to hundreds of children in the Springfield area. What education volunteer opportunities can I pursue? Jumpstart
National Association of Black Accountants
- Resource Creation: Volunteers create the educational materials used by Corps members to teach preschool children Jumpstart's skill development curriculum. Volunteers create song charts, construct special books for children to practice their writing, design alphabet matching games, and more. These resources are then delivered, at times by the volunteers, to local preschools.
- Resource Collection and Distribution: Volunteers organize supply drives to collect and donate basic supplies needed in classrooms where Jumpstart Corps members serve (for example: scissors, markers, crayons). In the fall, volunteers host clothing drives and collect coats, gloves, hats and other outerwear for children in the cold winter months. Supplies are dropped off by Jumpstart staff or the volunteers may choose to participate in dropping off the supplies to preschools in their area. Depending on the supplies and the time of year volunteers make fun events out of dropping off the items, like creating Valentines cards and assembling goody bags.
- Graduation Support (springtime volunteer activity): Volunteers organize a special graduation for children completing their year with Jumpstart. The volunteers make graduation gowns or hats and provide books and other materials the children can use to continue their learning during the summer months prior to kindergarten.
- Jumpstart's Read for the Record: Jumpstart's Read for the Record brings national attention to the importance of providing high quality early childhood education for all children by organizing the world's largest shared reading experience. Jumpstart's Read for the Record Campaign 2012 will be held on Thursday, October 4th. The official campaign book is Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis, and Jumpstart intends to break the world record by having more than 2,000,000 people participate. There are a variety of different ways that volunteers can get involved:
- Pledge to read on October 4th: visit www.jstart.org/readfortherecord
- Donate books to local children in-need
- Volunteer at events in your community and help Jumpstart break the record for the most people reading the same book on the same day
- Raise awareness of the need for quality early childhood education
- Support Jumpstart's work in low-income communities
- If you are interested in volunteering with Jumpstart please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857.413.4631
- Annual Minority Business Conference – October 27, 2012, State Street Corp., 771 Heritage Drive, North Quincy, MA. Contact: Lebone Moses: Lebone.Moses@ey.com
- EBONY Winter GALA – December 14, 2012, Boston Copley Marriott, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. Contact: George Greer email@example.com; or Deborah Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bentley Business Bowl – February 23, 2012, Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA. Contact: Andrew Thorne: mailto:email@example.com
United Way Early Readers
- Share college story – Many students need positive role models to tell their story about how they were able to succeed in college, and specifically how they were able to afford it. With college costs continuing to rise, students value hearing from others like them who also faced college as something that was “impossible” but found a way to make it happen.
- FAFSA Completion – Every year, thousands of families participate in FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a statewide effort in completing the most essential financial aid form. This form can unlock tens of thousands of aid for students across the Commonwealth. The next FAFSA Day Massachusetts will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013. http://www.fafsaday.org/
United Way needs volunteers to read to children in our partner early childhood programs throughout the year. Third-grade reading levels are considered a direct indicator of whether children will succeed in school and graduate on time. Today, almost 40% of Massachusetts third graders are reading below grade-level. Among low income children, that number jumps to 60%. Early Readers is one way to help change this. By volunteering to read to small children at one our partner agencies for one hour per week, you can help foster a love of books and reading that will help kids enter kindergarten ready to learn. We seek caring individuals who can dedicate a minimum of 1hr a week (plus some initial training) to work with children under 5. Learn more or sign up email: firstname.lastname@example.org K-Ready Readers (Seaocast region, New Hampshire)
Reading You can help them along their way, creating hope and options for the future. That's why United Way of the Greater Seacoast has created the K-Ready Reader volunteer program, partnering with early childhood education sites throughout Rockingham and Strafford Counties to help young children improve their literacy skills and develop a love for learning and success in school. If you have some daytime availability, and can give an hour a week or every other week, click here to read a complete description and find a link to apply. Training will be provided in September so that United Way K-Ready Readers will be set to read in the fall. For more information, contact Sara Tufo, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
or 373-9117. Youth Venture
United Way's Youth Venture program inspires and invests in teams of young people, ages 12-18, to start social projects or business ventures that create positive, lasting change in their communities. Teens enrolled in Youth Venture are matched with a group of volunteers who guide them in creating a business plan, learning presentation skills and shaping their ideas. For information on enrolling in Youth Venture, visit supportunitedway.org/youth/youth-venture or contact Bret Carr at 617.624.8074 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with Jumpstart, National Association for Black Accountants, uAspire and United Way for "Education Volunteerism Week" Jumpstart
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is also a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at jstart.org. National Association of Black Accountants
The mission of NABA, Inc. is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.
NABA shall unite through membership accountants, finance and business related professionals and students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to professional and academic excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance and business related professions. There are three types of membership categories; Student, Professional, and Academic.
Goals include; to promote and develop the professional skills of our members; to encourage and assist minority students entering the accounting profession, to provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities, to promote public confidence in our members and the services they provide, to encourage cordial relationship among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals, to represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting professionals, and to ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional and national programs. uAspire
uAspire helps young people and their families find an affordable way to pay for college. Our mission is to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to - and through - a postsecondary education. We serve youth in Boston, Springfield and Lawrence from middle school, through high school, and into college. Last year, uAspire leveraged more than $85 million in financial aid for the high school seniors we advised. United Way
One of the region's largest nonprofits, United Way's work ensures that children enter school ready to learn, youth stay engaged in school so they graduate with options for the future, and parents attain financial stability. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results. www.supportunitedway.org