Youth Development

Orange County Academic Decathlon Association

  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • www.ocde.us/decathlon

Mission Statement

Orange County Academic Decathlon's mission is to inspire academic excellence and build 21st century skills that prepare students for college and careers. Students of all achievement levels prepare as a team for a competition focused on language and literature, science, mathematics, social science, economics, art, music, essay, interview, and speech.

Main Programs

  1. Orange County Academic Decathlon

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Service Areas

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California

Overall, 100% of OCAD's population served is from multiple school districts throughout Orange County.

ruling year

1969

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Kristin Rigby

Keywords

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OC, Academic Decathlon, AcaDec, Acadeca, OCAD, Academics, Competition, Students, High School, Speech, Test, Super Quiz

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EIN

23-7011585

 Number

1540740155

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2013-2014:1. Established Champions for OCAD fundraising program. Received just under $5,000.00 in small donations from alumni, parent, and community outreach.2. Expanded volunteer outreach database to approximately 450 community members. An estimated 300 community volunteers invested time throughout our three competition days.3. Solidified Learning.com as additional annual corporate sponsor. Representative from Learning.com now serves as an active board member.4. *Designed and distributed inaugural OCAD newsletter; keeping our alumni, volunteers, donors, parents, teachers, and student participants more connected and up-to-date with our programs.2014-2015:1. Acquired $16,250.00 in corporate sponsorships and grant funding.2. Provided travel stipends to five schools to participate and compete in the 2015 California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento.3. Solidified Ballard & Tighe Publishers, digiCOACH Inc., Illuminate Education, Inc., and NuVision Federal Credit Union as additional sponsors.4. Received a technology and innovation grant from Cox Cares Foundation to integrate digital student response technology during event competition.Current Year Goals:1. Expand program participation throughout Orange County school districts and to identify target schools for marketing, outreach,program establishment, and technical assistance.2. Acquire $10,000.00 in corporate sponsorships. Sponsors will assist in the growth of our scholarship program.3. Solidify partnerships with three new volunteer groups to directly serve our participants on all event competition days. 4. Expand marketing plan to help schools and teachers recruit student teams and increase student participation on campus.

Programs

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Program 1

Orange County Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon teams consist of 9 student members of varying achievement levels. Each Academic Decathlon team spends months working together in preparation for a rigorous and demanding competition season against other local area schools. All decathletes participate by taking 30-minute multiple-choice tests in the subject areas of art, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, and social science. Each area, with the exception of mathematics, is based on an annual theme. The 2014-2015 theme is New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation. In addition, each decathlete is required to perform a planned 4-minute speech on a topic of their choice, a 2-minute impromptu speech, a 7-minute interview (similar to a job interview), and to write an essay within a 50-minute period. The competition culminates with an exciting Super Quiz relay, a team event where parents and classmates cheer from the sidelines, much like a sporting event.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$75,500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Overall, 100% of OCAD's population served is from multiple school districts throughout Orange County.

Funding Needs

Student scholarships and winning team travel stipends are the backbone of recognizing student achievement and academic excellence. Estimated educational scholarship awards are $14,000 allocated to 30 high-achieving students, plus two coach-nominated scholarship earners. Estimated travel stipends of $6,000 per winning team (three invited last year) to attend state-level competition to represent Orange County. Capacity building - Program expansion targeted to schools in the three lowest socioeconomic deciles in Orange County through providing no-cost USAD curriculum materials and study resources. Estimated cost of curriculum is $659.00 per school. Growth of community member volunteerism is a necessity to assure adequate event day conditions and the opportunity for all student teams to participate. Volunteer roles needed: 75 Interview judges (January 30, 2016) 100 Speech judges (January 30, 2016) 34 Classroom test proctors (February 6, 2016) 45 Super Quiz test proctors (February 6, 2016)

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Orange County Academic Decathlon Association

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Kristin Rigby

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nadine Elwood-Miranda

Esperanza High School, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

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