Stanford American Education Foundation Inc

aka Stanford Tech   |   Clinton, MD   |  stanfordtech.org

Mission

The mission of Stanford American Education Foundation (SAEF) is to ensure that all youth in Prince George's County and surrounding areas have access to high-quality computer technology and educational resources so that they are better prepared for school, college, and the workforce. SAEF uses research-based digital literacy frameworks to create experiential learning opportunities customized to address each family member’s needs in order to promote healthy family engagement and transcend stresses associated with economic hardship, language and cultural barriers, and inflexible work hours, as well as, raising a child with disabilities.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Lorraine Stanford

Main address

13202 Strawberry Hill Pl

Clinton, MD 20735 USA

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EIN

52-2142963

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SAEF serves the greater Prince George's County (PGC) area with special focus on the following nine communities identified by the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). Unemployment rates among the 9 communities identified as target communities were as high as 10.4% in 2017, 6.6 percentage points (+173.7%) higher than the average for the entire state of Maryland. The average dropout rate for the 9 communities identified as target communities was 19.2% in 2016, 11.2 percentage points (+140.4%) higher than the average for the entire state of Maryland. The average poverty level was 12.1% in 2017, 2.4 percentage points (+24.6%) higher than the average for the entire state of Maryland. The average literacy level was 22.0% for the most recent release of National Assessment of Adult Literacy data. This is 11.0 percentage points (+200.0%) higher than the average for the entire state of Maryland.

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?

Stanford Technical Excel Program (STEP)

Stanford Technical Excel Program (STEP) was created for youth grades 1-12 in response to research that suggests a positive correlation between students’ academic achievement and “access to and use of a home computer, computer area in classrooms, child/computer ratio, software, and computers in school” (Judge, 2009). With this in mind, the STEP framework was developed to reinforce youth’s understanding of common core state standards taught during day school, to improve their critical thinking skills, to develop their self-confidence, and to encourage healthy interpersonal behaviors. Special consideration is also provided to supporting low-income and at-risk youth in order to reduce instances of high school dropouts, unemployment and poverty in Prince George’s County.

Population(s) Served

The Stanford Technical Institute provides adult participants with wrap around services to help develop skills necessary for entry or re-entry into the workforce. Our workforce development training includes resume building, interview preparation, office administration training, computer technology training, and literacy seminars in addition to other customizable services to fit the unique needs of our participants.

Population(s) Served

Through our Language and Cultural Immersion program participants will improve their spoken/oral/conversational English and build their vocabulary with our certified Instructor. They will also experience American culture and daily life with our participants. Our program helps youth/adults gain confidence, and be well-prepared for their success here in the U.S. The principal advantage of language study is practicing the language frequently and immersing one’s self in the language and culture which brings great benefits through our program. Meeting with other English-speaking students often which will offer a plethora of new vocabulary, grammar, and improve/master the English language proving to be a highly rewarding outcome.

Population(s) Served

In response to the county’s need to improve the quality of life in high crime, high poverty, low literacy communities; SAEF’s Family Digital Literacy Academy (FDLA) was developed with the belief that having a sound understanding of computer technology has become the foundation for higher-order thinking and developing the competencies to close gaps in youth and adult literacy.

The FDLA includes out-of-school time sessions for youth 5 days per week for 3 hours each day from September - May. The goal of each youth session is to motivate students via computer technology training, academic enrichment, and project-based STEM learning opportunities. All youth activities, from DreamBox online math literacy engagement to computer building to graphic design, are carefully selected to align with common core state standards in effort to optimize student growth and understanding of principals taught in day school.

In addition to youth programming, the Family Digital Literacy Academy will also require all parents of enrolled students to also enroll in SAEF’s adult literacy and workforce development program while being an active participant in SAEF’s Parent and Child Together Time programs. By targeting communities with low literacy rates, SAEF aims to use these parent requirements to challenge and support families: challenging through rigorous literacy development and workforce training and supporting through fun family engagement workshops and family counseling as necessary.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The goal of the Stanford American Education Foundation is to provide low-to-no-cost computer technology training, academic support, and career development resources to youth and their families in order to enhance family engagement and to support healthy social, emotional, and professional development. To achieve this goal, SAEF aims to achieve the following objectives:

Increase the number of youth who participate in SAEF computer tech courses by 30 students.

At least 30 youth will be successfully promoted to the next grade level

All youth who attend at least 25 FDLA sessions within a 5 month period will improve academic performance by at least one letter grade (10 grade points) in at least one problem area. SAEF has defined problem areas as core academic subjects in which a student receives a grade of C or below.

Provide a youth leadership framework for 10 youth to improve student self-confidence, peer interactions, home behavior, and awareness of available career opportunities

Expand SAEF services to engage at least 15 new English as a Second Language families

Develop and assess family engagement plans for at least 10 families

At least 7 adult learners will earn professional certifications
hAt least 10 families will demonstrate improvements in literacy through pre and post test diagnostics

Stanford American Education Foundation has served nearly 3000 youth and adults in Prince George's County. Recognizing gradual shifts in demographics and increased instances of crime, poverty, unemployment and inadequate literacy; SAEF developed the Family Digital Literacy Academy to improve the quality of life in this area. FDLA uses Parent and Child Together Time frameworks to create technology inspired experiential learning opportunities that promote literacy and healthy family engagement.

The FDLA includes out-of-school time sessions for youth 5 days per week for 3 hours each day from September - May. The goal of each youth session is to motivate students via computer technology training, academic enrichment, and project-based STEM learning opportunities. All youth activities, from DreamBox online math literacy engagement to computer building to graphic design, are carefully selected to align with common core state standards in effort to optimize student growth and understanding of principals taught in day school.

In addition to youth programming, the Family Digital Literacy Academy will also require all parents of enrolled students to also enroll in SAEF's adult literacy and workforce development program while being an active participant in SAEF's Parent and Child Together Time programs. By targeting communities with low literacy rates, SAEF aims to use these parent requirements to challenge and support families: challenging through rigorous literacy development and workforce training and supporting through fun family engagement workshops and family counseling as necessary.

Stanford American Education Foundation has owned and operated its headquarters in Clinton, Maryland since 2003. This facility has served as a centralized hub for our program participants who reside throughout Prince George's County. SAEF has also partnered with the Community Services Foundation (CSF) and with Prince George's County Community College (PGCC). Both of these partnerships have afforded SAEF with additional in-kind project facilities spread across throughout Prince George's County, Montgomery County, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Virginia. Through these partnerships, SAEF facilities quickly expand from one headquarters to 20 community-based program sites throughout the area.

Within SAEF's main program facility, participants have access to a variety of technology including 10 Dell OptiPlex 760 desktop computers equipped with MS Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016 programs, digital editing software, and other computer aided instructional software for self-paced work. Students (youth and adults) use these desktop computers in 1 hour increments during instructional sessions. While not using computers other students rotate between computer building workshops, one-on-one and small group academic instruction, and Parent and Child Together time literacy sessions. SAEF also has 2 additional desktop computer and spare parts for computer building workshops, modeling, and Network skills. In addition, SAEF utilizes STEM based computer software for academic instruction as well as computer aided instructional software for adult literacy reviews.

The following staff serve as the steering committee, responsible for establishing major program policies, reviewing quarterly milestones and annual evaluation reports, and making recommendations for programmatic change. The members of the committee are:

The program manager oversees the general operations of the Family Digital Literacy Academy. The Program Manager will have administration and supervision experience and will be credentialed as well with vast experience working with extended learning programs.

Family Engagement Specialists are well-trained specialists who focus all of their efforts on encouraging healthy family engagement among our program families. The family specialist create custom family engagement plans for each family and helps to implement these plans bi-weekly family development sessions.

Academic/IT Instructors have a variety of local, state, and national certifications validating their ability to lead our project-based learning experiences. The IT Specialist provide guidance for all of our programs to ensure that program participants are always receiving the most up-to-date technology training and resources.

Data Specialist works closely with teachers and program administrators to compose and publish program data reports. The Data Specialist plays a key role in the development of our programs as he/she provides period and real-time data updates to help inform our next steps.

Currently, SAEF has reached the following progress targets:

20% of SAEF parents have earned at least one Microsoft office professional certification
60% of the individuals who enrolled in SAEF's programs in 2016 have been retained.
100% of youth who participate in SAEF programs meet all academic requirements to be promoted the next grade level
70% of parents say that SAEF's programs are suitable for their child's needs.
80% of SAEF adult participants have earned at least one Microsoft office professional certification
100% of SAEF adult participants say SAEF's workforce development curriculum has helped them to be better prepared to reenter the workforce.

Financials

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Stanford American Education Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Stanford

Cassandra Cunningham

Richard Stanford II