Partners in Literature

					           Campus and Community
               Engagement
                                     Lindsey McBride
                                      Jessica Twining




1601 Rio Grande, Suite 300A • Austin, Texas 78701 • (512) 637-0900 • austinpartners.org
         Agenda
Meet and Greet
Complete School Info Forms, MOU
APIE Programs Overview
Breakout Sessions
   1) Mentor Contacts
   2) Partner and Volunteer Contacts
           Contact Information
• Online form vs. paper
   – Comments?
• Form data for SalesForce tracking and support materials
   – E.g. APIE to create/email report for Mentor Contacts with addt’l
     lines for student info
       • Mentor Contacts enter student’s info and provide to Mentors
       • Helpful for other Contacts?
• In future, data will be in SalesForce and attached to
  Principal letters for review/update
                    About Us
• 1983: Started as Adopt-a-School
• 1987: Mentor Program started with IBM grant,
  ~80 mentors
• 2004: Secured non-profit status through
  partnership between AISD and Chamber
• 2009-2010:
  – Over 850 mentors
  – Over 19,000 volunteers
  – Over 2.5 million cash value donations
             APIE Goals
• Every student believes in their ability
     to succeed
• Every student succeeds academically
• Engage community resources to serve
     every student
         Campus & Community
          Engagement Goals
• Develop collaborative relationships with
  Contacts to ensure quality engagement with
  volunteers, business and the community
• Support the development of best
     practice programs
• Implement systems to create efficiencies
  among programs and for measurement
        Program Guidelines
• Validated by a campus administrator
• Hosted by the campus on campus
  (exception: partnerships)
• Secular in content
• Free for students
• Consistent and approved scope of activities
        Policy and Procedure Updates
• Specific opportunities posted after Contact attends training, completes
  MOU and necessary paperwork
• Live link to update approved volunteer participation
   – 6 possible choices
        •   Requested
        •   Ready to Place
        •   Placed
        •   Dropped
        •   Switched
        •   Completed
• Postings to be removed after 3 attempts at securing participation updates
• Simplifying forms for volunteer programs (1 MOU)
                   Registration

• Community members register for volunteer
  opportunities on
  www.austinpartners.org/volunteer
  – Can sign up for multiple opportunities at 1 campus or
    various campuses
Volunteer Page
Opportunity Page
Returning Volunteer Confirmation
New Volunteer Registration
              Background Checks
• All volunteers need a background check
    – 3 exceptions
        • Grand/Parents volunteering in grand/child’s class with teacher
        • Volunteers only participating in one-time events
        • Visitors (non-volunteers) that AISD employee will constantly supervise
    – Good for up to 3 years
    – Authorized by registering online
• 2 Tiers
    – Mentor
    – Volunteer/Tutor (includes Classroom Coaching, after-school, etc.)
• Approvals to supervising Contact within 2 busn days
• Hits and disapprovals to supervising Contact (or Principal if not
  employee); checks can take up to 2 wks
          Volunteer Sign-In
• Verifying a volunteer’s ID
• APIE program binder to help alleviate strain
  on front office. Tabs for:
  – Mentor
  – Volunteer/Tutor
  – Classroom Coaching (to be provided later)
• Recommend separate log-in for Visitors
• Raptor System
                Reporting
• 2 times a year (12/17/10, 6/2/11)
• 3 school reports
  – Mentor
  – Partner
  – Volunteer
• Reports from Raptor
  – https://apps.raptorware.com/VSOFT/Login.aspx
    ?ReturnUrl=%2fvsoft%2freports%2fReports.aspx
    %3fsec%3dl&sec=l
    Mentor Program Overview
• K-12 students at any of the 95 schools city-wide
   – Mentors can transfer with students
   – Mentors can return with their students the following school year
• Commitment:
   – 1 day/week, 45 minutes
   – Same day and time
   – Entire school year (25 weeks total)
• Mentors will need to:
   – Pass a Safe Schools background check
   – Attend a one-hour mentor training provided upon registration
      Mentor Program Goals
• Build Best Practice school programs
• Provide high quality mentors to students
• Minimize turnover time
         Mentoring Objectives
• Focus on the students interests and goals
• Make a positive impact leading to
  –   Fewer absences from school
  –   Better attitudes toward school
  –   Decrease likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse
  –   Increase chances of attending college
• Mentoring interactions can translate into
  academic success
      Roles & Responsibilities
• APIE will support the Mentor Contact by:
   – Providing criminal history background checks
   – Training mentors on policies and procedures
   – Connecting mentors to schools with Best Practice
     mentor programs
   – Continuously supporting Mentor Contacts
   – Providing opportunities for additional training and
     development for Mentor Contacts
   – Submitting mentor hours in the Community Involvement
     Report to Austin ISD
       Roles & Responsibilities
• Mentor Contacts will:
   – Collect Student Referrals from staff and parents
   – Collect Parent Consent forms for all students each year before
     assigning a mentor
   – Ensure all mentors have been approved through a criminal
     history background check within the last 3 years
   – Provide training for mentors who do not attend APIE training
   – Communicate with mentors within one week of training
   – Assign mentors to a student within two weeks of training
   – Contact mentors in advance when students are unable to meet
   – Notify APIE if mentors are no longer needed at the school
 Policy and Procedure Changes
• Schools own relationship with Mentors
• Mentor registration
   – Tier background check
• Parent Consent Forms every year
• Mentor Contact to communicate to APIE if Mentor not
  matched within 1 month
• Enrichment workshops to be provided to Mentor Contacts
  instead of Mentors
• Volunteer participation updates via web link
   – 3 notices to update before postings removed
   – Once all participation updated, postings will go back up
                                     Process
•   New mentors
     – Mentors register on APIE site
     – Background check completed
     – Mentors attend training
          • Submit completed profile and pledge
          • Provide media consent form
     – APIE sends profile and pledge to school
          • Will send to those schools that have provided parent consent forms and student pledge
•   Returning mentors
     – APIE receives intent via survey
     – Mentors register on APIE site
          • Background check confirmed
     – All mentors submit pledge
     – Mentors wanting new student will need to complete profile
     – APIE sends returning mentor profile and pledge to school
          • Will send to those schools that have provided parent consent forms and student pledge
                       Best Practices
•   30 min intake meeting with participating students to review profile
•   Pair mentors/students within 2 weeks of training
•   Provide status updates weekly to those trained but not matched
•   Inform mentors of school policies and procedures
     – Dress code requirements
     – Bringing food and gifts
     – Rescheduling visits
• Support your mentors
     –   Ongoing Communication
     –   Coffee with the Mentor Contact
     –   Enrichment Workshops
     –   Mid-year trainings
     –   Recognition
            Scenario Activity
•   Break into groups of 2-3
•   Review sample concerns and questions
•   Discuss ways to coach mentors
•   Present to group at-large
SUPPORT MATERIALS
                 The Handbook
•   Timeline
•   Background Checks
•   Verifying Volunteer ID
•   Training
•   Student Referral Process
•   Parent Consent
•   Mentor Matches
•   Warning Signs
•   Mentor Retention
•   Reporting
Supporting Forms
Supporting Forms
                   Resources
• Supporting documents available on
  www.austinpartners.org/forms
  – Training presentations
     • Contact training
     • Mentor training
  – Forms
  – Enrichment workshop materials for sharing with
    mentors (as available)
   Partner Program Overview
• Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Class
  – In-kind donations
  – Monetary donations
  – Volunteer time
 Volunteer Program Overview
• Connecting community to schools through
  identifying and meeting specific school
  needs (e.g. Library aide, Cafeteria monitor,
  after-school programs)
• Non-profit organization support (e.g. Gen
  Austin, Seedling)
Volunteer Opportunities
                 Partner Program
              Roles & Responsibilities
• APIE
   – point of contact for one-time donors, Partners and volunteers by
     giving immediate visibility to well-supported programs through
     Austin
   – facilitates partnerships with businesses and individual donors by
         • Posting school donation needs on APIE website
         • Referring potential Partners to schools that would most benefit from
           particular donations
         • Providing opportunities for schools to recognize Partners through
           campus recognition events and district-wide awards
         • Collecting donation records for each school
         • Submitting a Community Involvement Report to AISD at the end of
           each year
School Needs Assessments
Partner Recognition
               Partner Program
            Roles & Responsibilities
• Principal/Assistant Principal
   – Direct the assessment of school needs based on the Campus
     Improvement Plan
   – Seek opportunities to recruit and meet with new Partners
   – Strengthen relationships with current Partners
   – Approve the guidelines of each Partnership Plan
   – Visibly promote and support Partners on campus
   – Stay informed about the progress of Partnerships
   – Welcome Partners to school meetings and events
   – Thank Partners both publicly and personally
                 Partner Program
              Roles & Responsibilities
• Partner Contact
   –   Act as point of contact for potential and current Partners
   –   Develop an assessment of school needs based on Campus Improvement Plan
   –   Follow up with communication between Principal and Partners
   –   Set up meetings with potential Partners
   –   Keep Principal informed of Partner activities and contributions
   –   Inform APIE of changes in Partner Contact selection for school
   –   Maintain regular communication with all Partners
   –   Invite Partners to school functions and recognition events
   –   Maintain records of in-kind and cash contributions to the school
   –   Submit Donation Report to APIE at the end of each semester
   –   Nominate exceptional Partners for annual Salute awards
Partner Process
              Volunteer Program
            Roles & Responsibilities
• APIE
   – Provide criminal history background checks for volunteers, in
     accordance with federal regulation and AISD policy
   – Post specific volunteer opportunities for your school
   – Refer new volunteers to Best Practice programs
   – Provide general training materials for use with new volunteers
   – Submit volunteer hours in the Community Involvement Report to
     AISD at the end of each year
                  Volunteer Program
                Roles & Responsibilities
• Volunteer Contact
   – For school-coordinated programs:
       • Solicit volunteer opportunities from campus staff and/or provide
         Volunteer Opportunity Application Forms to staff
       • Ensure that all incoming volunteers:
            – Are approved for their specific volunteer opportunity
            – Have their ID verified
            – Receive basic training on school procedures & district policies
            – Are utilized for the registered opportunity or reassigned (following re-
              registration)
       • Update APIE on volunteer utilization every two weeks
       • Set up sign in procedures
       • Track & report volunteer hours once per semester
   – For external (nonprofit) coordinated programs:
       • Be aware of volunteers on campus
Volunteer Process
 Policy and Procedure Changes
• Volunteer participation updates online
• School needs assessment can include volunteer time –
  communicate this to organization contact
• Background check tiers to decrease time to placement
• Simplifying forms (MOU, Volunteer Opportunity Application)
• Requesting specific volunteer opportunities
• Adding Adopt-a-Class
• Recognizing partners distinctly
                        Best Practices
• Upon receipt of Partnership Plan or Volunteer Opportunity Application,
  have 30 min intake meeting with contact to discuss
• Inform Partners/Volunteers of school policies and procedures
    – Dress code requirements
    – Bringing food and gifts
    – Rescheduling visits
• Support your contacts (APIE will provide consultation as needed)
    – Ongoing Communication – status updates, etc.
    – Coffee with the Partner/Volunteer Contact
    – Recognition
        •   Appreciation events for Partners
        •   School newsletters and other publications
        •   APIE website
        •   Salute awards
                      Scenarios
• How do you pitch your program?
  – Volunteer Benefits
     • Giving back to the community
     • Enriching student’s life
     • Flexible schedules
  – Corporate Benefits
     •   Team building
     •   Community Networking
     •   Workforce Prospects
     •   Hands-on management practice
     •   Leadership training
SUPPORT MATERIALS
         Partner Contact Handbook
•   Definition of Terms
•   Best Practice Partner Programs
•   Planning & Preparation
•   Partner Recruitment
     –   Tips for Cold Calling
     –   Writing Solicitation Letters
     –   Benefits to Partners
•   First Meeting
•   Elements of Strong Partnerships
•   Managing Partnerships
•   Reporting
•   Evaluating the Partnership
•   Partner Recognition
•   Case Studies
    Volunteer Contact Handbook
•   Contact Information
•   Roles & Responsibilities
•   Overview & Guidelines
•   Registration and Background Checks
    – Verifying Volunteer ID
•   Ongoing Communication
•   Volunteer Sign In
•   Reporting
•   Appendix (Background Check Details)
Supporting Partner Forms
Supporting Partner Forms
Supporting Volunteer Forms
                Resources
• Supporting documents available on
  www.austinpartners.org/forms
  – Sample letters
  – Contact training presentation
  – Forms
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