Educational Institutions

Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc.

Supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school students

Cambridge, MA

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

1975

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Fries

Main Address

459 Broadway 459 Broadway

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Formerly Known As

Cambridge School Volunteer Project

Keywords

Education, Literacy, Tutoring, Mentoring, Children and Youth, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Academic subjects, ESL, special education, volunteerism, civic engagement

EIN

04-2554626

 Number

0499405097

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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Elementary Literacy Programs

NetPals - STEM mentors

Learning Centers - middle school tutoring

College & Career Mentoring Program

Intergenerational Math Program

Tutoring Center

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 will hit our goal when we have every seventh-grader in the district (N=378) working with a STEM mentor through NetPals to spark an interest in a career using science, technology, engineering, and math.

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.

External Reviews

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

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Financials

Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We have a multi-year plan which we are implementing to increase the diversity of our staff and volunteers. This plan has yielded results, with incremental gains from 2012-2018. Baseline % for people of color among our 1,000 volunteer tutors and mentors in 2012: 12%. Current %: 23% Goal for FY19: 25% Staff Baseline % 2012 people of color among our staff: 8% Current % 2018 people of color among our staff: 54%