Trusting partnerships with young people and families are at the heart of our work.
We invite community organizations serving DC youth and families to partner with CityTutor DC by adding high-impact tutoring to their services in the 2021-22 school year. Through this collaboration, organizations can combine non-academic supports with tutoring and transform the student experience for our most vulnerable youth as the pandemic recedes.
CityTutor DC will select up to 6 organizations to serve as tutoring hubs. Partner organizations will receive:
- Funding to cover tutoring costs for the full school year (up to $75K)
- Funding for capacity-building efforts (up to $20K)
- Support to track student performance and improve programming
- Access to a community of partners sharing best practices and learnings
- Prominent promotion in CityTutor DC communications
We are seeking to partner with organizations serving DC youth and families that have:
- Demonstrated depth of relationships with DC families and communities: Partner organizations must exhibit a track record of meeting community needs and earning trust while serving students. While partner organizations do not need to be focused exclusively on youth development, they need to have the experience and capacity to work with young people in the elementary and/or middle school age range. In particular, prospective partners should have experience working with students whose families are experiencing poverty and/or collect public benefits such as TANF or SNAP.
- Capacity to provide non-academic activities and supports to young people: The impact of the pandemic on children and families goes well beyond schoolwork. We know that providing students with opportunities for art, sports, mentoring support, and creative outlets is essential to their well-being, as is connecting them with services to strengthen their mental health. Potential partner organizations should be able to address some of these crucial non-academic needs.
- Commitment to high-impact tutoring as part of investing in young people: Organizations do not need to have experience providing high-impact tutoring themselves nor do they need to stop offering other activities and services to young people and their families. But partner leaders need to be willing to make adjustments to provide the physical space and attention required for high-impact tutoring to work well for young people.
- Management capacity: Potential partners need to have the demonstrated capacity to manage substantial grant funds and operate programs with care for those they serve, considering the new demands of a programmatic expansion and the standards for high-impact tutoring. Partners will also need to facilitate data collection and safely store and transmit it for improvement and evaluation.
- Space: Community partners must have access to and control over the physical space where students will gather regularly and safely for learning. Any prospective partners without physical space should outline the plan to secure space, such as a school, a DC Public Library, or Parks and Recreation site, and effectively recruit students to attend programming.
- Connectivity: While partners do not need to already have high-speed wireless internet, the space where they hold their activities needs to be suitable for wireless internet to work well. If your space does not have devices, you must have the capacity to connect the devices that students have been provided by their schools. (CityTutor DC’s capacity-building funds can provide for connecting spaces with WiFi.)
- Access to a pool of potential tutors (for those organizations that wish to establish their own tutoring capacity): If the partner organization would prefer to recruit tutors from the community it is working in—which could have tremendous benefits for young people and the community—they will need to create a reasonable plan that outlines what recruiting and managing these tutors will look like in compliance with all student safety rules in DC. The tutors could be trained and managed by tutoring organizations that are part of the CityTutor DC coalition or the organization could train and manage tutors on its own, supported by CityTutor DC investments.
- June 22 (5 PM EDT): Deadline to submit a letter of interest and supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. See guidance for letters of interest here.
- July 16: Selection of up to 6 organizations to join the planning stage
- August 13: Plans from planning stage organizations due
- August 27: Selection of finalists
- Fall-Winter 2021-22: Hubs come to life