Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc.

Supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school students

Cambridge, MA   |  http://www.csvinc.org

Mission

Founded in 1966, Cambridge School Volunteers is an independent non-profit organization supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school children. CSV develops programs that match caring and competent adults with students of all needs and levels.

Notes from the nonprofit

Research indicates that a relationship with a caring, competent adult is one of the predictors of success in school for students. CSV provides that caring relationships centered around learning through our tutoring, mentoring, and read aloud programs.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Fries

Main address

459 Broadway 459 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Formerly known as

Cambridge School Volunteer Project

EIN

04-2554626

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CSV exists to connect students in need of support with caring, competent adult tutors and mentors. In the public schools, approximately half of the students are low-income. A majority (68%) are people of color. In a city with so much wealth and innovation, we want to ensure that students from all backgrounds get opportunities to excel in their education and to open doors to meaningful careers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Elementary Literacy Programs

Volunteers work individually or with small groups of children in classrooms grades K-3 to improve reading comprehension and writing skills. Volunteers help with writers' workshop, readers' workshop, and book publishing. Volunteers also tutor young readers or writers who can use extra support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The NetPals program connects students with a scientist for a year of mentoring via email and through face-to-face visits at the school and at the adult NetPal's workplace. Currently, 280 of the district's 378 seventh graders have a scientist NetPal, a large increase over prior years. Still, only three of the district's five middle schools participate in the program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Learning Centers provide 1:1 tutoring for at-risk middle school students in the Cambridge public schools. The tutoring occurs at the school, during OST hours, before and after school. These fledgeling programs opened in all four middle schools in Cambridge in 2012, and at Amigos School in 2013. 81 students received free 1:1 tutoring through the program.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

CSV provides tutoring and college mentoring at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the city's public high school. Seniors are matched with a College mentor for help with college applications and essays, Wednesdays after school in the CRLS Career and College Resource Center. The program also includes Tuesday SAT prep classes, scholarship and FAFSA workshops, and career and alumni panels.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteers work individually once or twice weekly for 45 minutes with a student in grades (K-5) who has fallen behind in math. Their goal is to improve the student's early numeracy skills and also to increase their enthusiasm for math in the future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Tutoring Center at the city's public high school, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, provides free tutoring in all subjects to students who are at risk of failure. The Tutoring Center is open from 7:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Apple Tree Award 1979

National School Volunteers

Partner in Title One Intervention 2012

MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

Outstanding Collaboration for NetPals 2017

Mass Service Alliance

Excellence in Environmental Education 2018

MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to match every seventh grader in the public schools with a scientist, engineer, or technology mentor. A majority of the students are people of color, a group that is underrepresented in STEM careers. Half of the students are low-income. These students are those who are often shut out from careers in science, either due to a lack of connections, a lack of understanding of the jobs available, internalized or external stereotypes about women and/or people of color in science or tech, or a lack of appropriate educational attainment to allow them to pursue higher math and science classes in secondary school. By reaching these students early, in seventh grade, we give them the opportunity to see themselves in the labs and research institutions of Cambridge.

We have been scaling the program up since 2010, when only 60 students were matched with NetPals. In 2015-16, 250 students were matched. This year, 280 will be matched. To do this, CSV has recruited and cultivated new corporate partners to provide teams of volunteers who work in tech, biotech, engineering, or research. The current corporate partners include: Audible, The Broad Institute, Draper Lab, IBM, Google, Novartis, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge Systematics, Grace Construction Products, Oracle, Neon, Philips, and Vecna.

NetPals, CSV's STEM mentoring program, has grown from 60 students in 2012 to 281 seventh graders today. This year, every seventh grader at Cambridge Street Upper School, Putnam Avenue Upper School, and Rindge Avenue Upper School will be matched 1:1 with a NetPal who works in a career in STEM. The program includes the exchange of eight emails as well as two field trips to the company, and one visit at the school for the Science Expo. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn about careers in STEM through 1:1 mentorship. CSV has more than 20 years of experience managing e-mentoring programs.

We are adding 30 mentor pairs this year. We will hit our goal when we have every seventh-grader in the district working with a STEM mentor through NetPals.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Daniel Dineen

Sanofi Genzyme

Term: 2018 - 2020

William Zamparelli

Eversource Energy

Sally Peterson

Volunteer

Anya Bear

MIT

Alvin Carter

Brown Rudnick LLP

Holly Donaldson

Realtor

Ricardo Maldonado

Retired, Harvard U.

Emily Axelrod

Retired

Kristen Brown

Sanofi Genzyme

Daniel Dineen

Sanofi Genzyme

Rachel Gesserman

The Broad Institute

Linda Pursley

Lesley University

E'atimad Rizk

Webster Bank

Matt Quinn

Audible

Sharlene Yang

City of Cambridge

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes