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Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Mission of the Central Valley Children's Partnership is to provide children and youth in the Central Valley with exceptional opportunities to grow and develop during their out of school time.

Our Vision

We dream of a day when all children and youth in our region have a place to go afterschool that encourages, teaches, inspires and builds them in engaging ways.

Description

We hold our selves accountable for making a difference in our region and in the afterschool programs we serve; to build capacity in the programs and within the youth themselves.

Among the many accomplishments our team garnered in 2009:

  • Site-based Support, Training and Coaching. In 2009, CVAF provided technical assistance to more than 85 school sites. We conducted more than 10 training sessions to develop more than 1000 leaders in the afterschool field, with average satisfaction scores consistently in the very good to excellent categories.

  • Learning Community.Continued to develop a successful High School Learning Community for afterschool coordinators to provide resources, tools, ideas, and leadership to advance high school afterschool programs. The ASSETS (After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens) participants represented 37 high schools across five counties.

  • Quality Self-Assessment Tool. Conducted trainings for more than 150 school sites throughout the region on the implementation of the QSA to assess stakeholder perceptions of their afterschool program, to create program vision and goals, to determine the types of professional development and trainings onsite staff requires, and to reflect on program design and program success.

  • Focus Groups. Conducted more than 10 student focus groups in Madera, Chowchilla and Sanger communities to gain their valuable perspectives on afterschool program quality, instruction and communications.

  • Workforce Development.Supported afterschool workforce recruitment and retention in five counties by presenting job booths at five colleges and universities, conducting a workforce survey, delivering professionalism training to 190 activity leaders, as well as registering 533 job candidates and 20 employers on the Job Board. Also developed a four-hour recruitment and retention training presented to approximately 80 site coordinators, program directors and project specialists accompanied by an 11-piece recruitment and retention toolkit distributed to more than 100 professionals.

  • Public Policy. Established a region-wide Policy Advisory Group of afterschool professionals. Our goal is to understand and actively support public policy initiatives that advocate for children and youth in our region.

  • Summer Learning. Supported the work of Fresno County Office of Education and Central Unified School District as one of three summer enrichment program pilot projects in the state. The program combined outdoor physical activities, interesting classes, educational and playful field trips, and academic enrichment. Parents and students rated the program highly on program evaluations.

  • National Summer Learning Day.Conducted a National Summer Learning Day celebration with the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park to promote summer learning featuring student performances, student activities, summer learning exhibits, and community awareness information to approximately 4000 students, parents and fans.

  • Lights On Afterschool. Developed a unique two-day Lights On Afterschool event held at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis that gained national attention and included more than 1000 students, parents, and community-based organizations. The event showcased dance, art, talent and projects developed by high school, middle school and elementary school afterschool students. The Fresno High Marketing Academy also coordinated an event activity for their senior project.

  • Public Awareness.Secured significant media attention to heighten public awareness about out-of-school time learning including spots on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and Comcast television, articles in The Fresno Bee and The Business Journal, and radio PSAs.

  • Business Partnerships.Gained more than 50 new business partners to fund afterschool initiatives.

  • Community Support. Provided volunteer and advisory support to a variety of local organizations including Fresno County’s Preschool Master Plan, Center for Multicultural Cooperation, Central California Children’s Institute, and United Black Men.

  • Statewide Leadership. Participated on a variety of boards and committees in California to advance afterschool initiatives including the California Afterschool Network, ASAP Connect, CalWIN, California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, and the California Department of Education workgroups.

  • State and National Presentations.Conducted presentations for the BOOST Conference in Palm Springs.

  • College Student Program.Developed a "Building Future Community Leaders" internship and service learning program for college students. Provided 14 paid and unpaid project-based opportunities for students to develop skills in areas of public relations, fund development, accounting, office administration, graphic arts and event coordination
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    http://www.centralvalleyafterschool.org

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