Education and Youth Development

Albany Barn

This non-profit is devoted to developing a sustainable creative arts community center that will give artists, neighborhood residents and the public a place to create, present and explore their art interests and talents. This was especially established with those who cannot afford or don’t have access to such spaces and services in mind.

Specific Needs

  • Marketing planning/implementation
  • Music/arts educational programming for youth
  • Increase revenue
  • Increase program offerings
  • Solidify volunteer recruitment and retention programs
  • Increase knowledge of ABI mission and progress amount of community members
  • Need to launch larger scale fundraising events/campaigns

Research Questions

  • What fundraisers attract the public most?
  • What is the community most interested in contributing to?

Grand Street Community Arts

The goal of Grand Street is to use the arts as a way to create unity in an inner-city neighborhood that has racial and economic diversity. The center focuses on its youth by creating a supporting community. It contains various programs that encourage the arts as a way of expression.
Based in the historic St. Anthony’s church, creates a connection of between the history of the neighborhood and the now existing community.

Specific Needs

  • Put together a theater program connecting with the department faculty
  • Create a curatorial program with the boarded up project that will work with Siena Art Museum and the Visual Arts Department.
  • Needs committees to support more fully the organization’s needs
  • Outreach and marketing
  • Fundraising and Capital Management
  • Building projects
  • Create programs and projects that are representing of the larger community.
  • Needs board development

Research Questions:

  • How can they put together a sustainable theater program that will connect with the department faculty at a local university?
  • How can they connect a curatorial program with the board up project to a local school’s museum?
  • What components are needed to create committees that support more fully the organization’s needs?
  • In what ways can they market and outreach to the community more effectively?
  • What effective building projects will help advance Grand Streets mission?
  • What programs can they implement that are representing of the larger community?

Capital Region YMCA: Albany Branch

The Y is one of the leading non-profits in the country with 2,687 Y’s serving 21 million Americans. Their goals are to cultivate the potential of children and teens, promote the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Capital District YMCA more specifically serves people in Albany, Bethlehem, Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, Clifton Park, Coxsackie, Eat Greenbush, Glenville, Green County, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Schenectady and Troy.

Specific Needs

  • Event planning and program planning
  • Creating evaluations/surveys
  • Fundraising
  • Securing more volunteers to assist in our teen programs and membership desk.
  • Make community connection by informing community about our programs and finding out what the community needs from businesses, grants, partners to put back into our programs.

Research Questions

  • How can the Y recruit volunteers and keep their retention rate high?
  • What other needs of the community are going under the radar? How can businesses, grants and partners fulfill these needs? How can they use this in their programming?

Capital Region YMCA: Troy Branch

The Y is one of the leading non-profits in the country with 2,687 Y’s serving 21 million Americans. Their goals are to cultivate the potential of children and teens, promote the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Capital District YMCA more specifically serves people in Albany, Bethlehem, Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, Clifton Park, Coxsackie, Eat Greenbush, Glenville, Green County, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Schenectady and Troy.

Specific Needs

  • Event planning and program planning
  • Creating evaluations/surveys
  • Fundraising
  • Securing more volunteers to assist in our teen programs and membership desk.
  • Make community connection by informing community about our programs and finding out what the community needs from businesses, grants, partners to put back into our programs.

Research Questions

  • How can the Y recruit volunteers and keep their retention rate high?
  • What other needs of the community are going under the radar? How can businesses, grants and partners fulfill these needs? How can they use this in their programming?

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany has been helping children live up to their full potential by providing crucial services to the at-risk youth of the area for more than 100 years. The offers a range of services from homework help to service learning, social recreation and kung-fu to health services and cooking classes. They also offer character development to prepare them for college and a career. The make sure to offer programs for what every kid needs, which is a safe place to learn and grow.

Specific Needs

  • Family advocacy
  • Outcome measurement
  • Teach life skills/street smarts
  • Tie in Art/humanities community garden with Nutrition program
  • Teach healthy living
  • Teach: technology, music, tutoring: best practices, Spanish language/ culture, Women’s studies

Research Questions

  • How can they best measure their impact or how they are meeting their goals?
  • What are the best teaching practices for healthy living, technology, music, Spanish language and culture?

Brighter Choice Middle School for Girls

The mission of this school is to help Albany students realize that they have a right to a quality education. They work to ensure competency in reading and mathematics while implementing a rigorous education.
 
They achieve this mission by hiring teachers with subject area expertise and requiring them to hold their students to specific grad-by-grade learning standards. To lessen distractions, the school uses a strict discipline, they provide a single-sex learning environment and they institute a dress code that requires students to wear school uniforms. They ensure the parents and the community that they are reaching their goals through comprehensive performance testing.
 
Specific Needs
  • Expand school programs
  • Link their girls with outside clubs/organizations
  • Increasing choice of after school programs
Research Questions
  • What after school programs are teen girls most interested in participating in?
  • What programs are proven to affect the academic and personal growth of a adolescent girl?

Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar

This agency was founded in 1996 by civic leaders and social entrepreneurs and currently serves over 300 aspiring scholars from Albany, Schenectady and Troy High Schools. They partner with local at-risk schools to offer a variety of services o selected students such as mentors and academic tutoring. These schools have significant percentage of their students who are not meeting the minimum competency academic skill levels according to standardized tests.Their success rate of getting participating scholars to graduate and g to college is 92-96%. By helping these at-risk youth, students excel academically and are able to succeed in higher education.

Specific Needs

  • Back grant research on outcomes
  • Income generation through SAS Tutoring
  • Increase income (both philanthropic and SAS Tutoring)

Albany County District Attorney

Specific Needs
  • Getting more info about programs to the public
  • Reaching more youth with prevention and education activities

Hope 7 Community Center

Hope 7 has a mission to provide essential life services to their community members. The programs range from child daycare programs (both educational and recreational), a food pantry, and community outreach services. Located in Troy’s East Side, their aim is to continuing add programming for the community until the needs of all the people are finally met through all their resources.

Specific Needs

  • Create a database on clients for pantry
  • Need people to work with kids age 5-12
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Peer Advocacy program to help pantry clients receive needed services
  • Need workers who are fluent in Spanish (maybe make a connection with a Spanish class?)
  • Need to know community’s view
  • Need to expand programming
  • Referral Program
  • Fundraising and events
  • Need new programming (only have two programs: afterschool and food pantry)

Research Questions

  • How does the community view Hope7? What have they heard about the organization and what do they know about the people it serves?
  • How can they expand programming to best fit the needs of the people that they serve?
  • What new programming can be implemented to expand the scope of Hope 7’s services?

Trinity Alliance

Located in Troy, NY, the center provides a range of activities that have the aim to improve the quality of life of its members, enable them to build self-esteem, provide social support and encourage them to achieve their full potential. Services that are available to the community include emergency assistance, food pantry, The Roarke Connection for women with legal issues or legal incarceration, medical services for the uninsured in cooperation with Seton Health, creative arts, creative writing, digital photography, sewing and weaving, adult literacy, computer literacy, and family budgeting assistance.

Specific Needs

  • Case management database
  • Need identification of best practice information for database info
  • Re-entry best practices/ recidivism??
  • Client intake and retention
  • Life coach program recruitment and retention
  •  Grant writing
  • Technology upgrading
  • Statistic gathering


Research Questions

  • What are best practices for indentifying information for database info?
  • What are best practices for re-entry and recidivism?
  • How can they best appeal to clients and increase their retention?

Unity House

Unity House was established in 1971 with the mission to make life better for those who are underprivileged in the Capital Region. Based in Rensselaer County, they provide a wide variety of services to meet the needs of the people in the surrounding area. They serve those who in living in poverty, adults who are mentally disabled or have HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and children with developmental delays. Their goal is to achieve social justice in their community and give people a better understanding of those they serve.

Specific Needs

  • Board evaluation
  • Volunteer recruitment ( wants VISTA admins)
  • Database management/organization
  • Need help with unpaid budget crisis