Our 2015 Annual Report presents an overview of a year in the life of Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV), a community- based nonprofit organization that transforms local citizens into agents of change, giving focus to their volunteerism and direction to their donation of time and talent.
During the 2014–2015 school year (FY15), CSV oversaw an array of programs that together mobilized 1,037 volunteers—including volunteers from 15 corporate partners—in every Cambridge public school, serving students at all grade levels, from Junior Kindergartners to high school seniors. In schools across the district, our CSV volunteers gave 52,001 hours of tutoring and mentoring, in aggregate—more than 289 hours per school day.
During FY15, CSV invested considerable effort in strengthening our relatively young programs at the middle (“upper”) schools, NetPals and Learning Centers.
CSV expanded our one-to-one mentoring in the NetPals program for seventh-graders, adding 90 mentor pairs, five new corporate partners, and a new school, Putnam Avenue Upper School (PAUS), to the program. NetPals matches every seventh- grader at a school with an adult mentor who works in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math, sometimes known as STEM fields. The second upper school program, Learning Centers, offers free tutoring to middle school students, who are referred by teachers, during out-of-school time (OST) hours in all four Cambridge upper schools and at the Amigos School. Over the past year, CSV undertook a recruitment effort to support this program so that more students could be matched one-to-one rather than tutored in small groups. As a result, in FY15, the proportion of students matched one-to-one with an individual tutor increased by 53 percent—from 56 students matched one-to-one in FY14 to 86 students this year. To further enhance quality at each of the five Learning Centers, CSV strengthened protocols, standard operating procedures, and technology to support communication between Learning Center staff and teaching staff.
CSV also increased the diversity of our Learning Center tutors through targeted recruitment. Twenty percent of our 2014–15 volunteer corps agency-wide—and 36 percent of our Learning Center tutors—now identify themselves as people of color.
During the year, our corps of CSV College Readiness mentors nearly doubled their collective hours helping high school seniors with college and scholarship applications—from 1,800 to 3,400 hours.
This year CSV welcomed Julie Loh as the new director of our Intergenerational Math Program (IMP), in which volunteers are trained to tutor elementary students in the Math In Focus curriculum and basic numeracy skills. Intergenerational Math Program volunteers intensively tutored 50 elementary students during the year.
We marked some significant occasions in 2015. CSV feted outgoing Superintendent of schools, Dr. Jeffrey Young, for his commitment to comunity partnerships. We recognized Rindge Avenue Upper School (RAUS) science teacher Jay Mahoney with the 2015 Kenneth S. Neal Award for his work on NetPals. We honored Novartis for a decade of NetPals participation, and Charlotte Ng (left in photo, with Kasey Appleman, CSV’s director of K–8 programs) for 25 years of volunteer service at Cambridgeport School.
We awarded the 2015 Mack I. Davis Awards for extraordinary volunteer commitment to:
- Corinne Johnson—Science Olympiad and Classroom, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School;
- Margaret Pancost—Novartis NetPals, Cambridge Street Upper School;
- Sam Seidel—Learning Center, Cambridge Street Upper School; and
- David Smith—Tutoring Center, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.