Youth Development

Coaching For College Program Inc

  • Washington, DC
  • www.coachingforcollege.org

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Coaching for College Program is to help students strengthen their academic skills, explore challenging careers and view education as a vehicle for realizing future opportunities.

Main Programs

  1. Volunteer Programs

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Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Coaching for College serves students between the ages of 12-18 in grades 6-12 from schools in Ward 2 in DC.  The Shaw neighborhood is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood; however 74% of our student population lives below poverty lever.  This percentage is more than triple the average citywide percentage of DC children living in poverty. Many of our students live in single parent households.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Ms. Nisha Sachdev

Keywords

Self-reported

coaching, coach, college, tutoring, tutor, mentoring, mentor, education, youth, enrichment, academic

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EIN

52-2274157

 Number

2495407307

Also Known As

CCP

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Coaching for College seeks to address two major problems within the Shaw community; poor academic achievement and scarcity of positive role models. Coaching for College seeks to improve the academic performance of youth participating through weekly one-on-one academic tutoring sessions customized to each student’s individual needs. The weekly academic tutoring equips students with tools needed to succeed in school now and in the future. Two coaches are assigned to each student to ensure participation in weekly tutoring sessions. Special workshops are held to enhance skills in studying, organization, writing and critical thinking. Coaching for College also develops and builds strong interpersonal relationships between mentors and youth participants by planning and implementing fun enrichment activities for students and their coaches. In many cases, coaches have continued to mentor the same student well beyond the one year minimum requirement. During the Summer Opportunities Initiative, Coaching for College identifies, coordinates, and funds paid internships and other summer enrichment activities such as camps and classes for participants to further their academic and career interests. Ultimately, Coaching for College strives to increase the number of inner city public school students attending college. In May 2006, a student who entered Coaching for College in 1999 with the first group of program participants graduated from college (Maryland Institute College of Art).

Programs

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

Program 1

Volunteer Programs

Coaching for College currently operates three volunteer driven programs for the students at Shaw Middle School: Tutoring and Mentoring Program, the Summer Opportunities Initiative, and a Weekday Program. 1. Tutoring and Mentoring Program consists of weekly, personalized academic tutoring and mentoring activities, including special events and field trips for participants on Saturday mornings from 10 am - 12 pm during the academic year. a. Tutoring: The weekly academic tutoring equips students with tools needed to succeed in school and in the real world such as study, writing and critical thinking skills. In addition, students are encouraged to bring homework and other school projects to ensure understanding and completion of work. Two coaches are assigned to each student to ensure that weekly tutoring sessions always occur. b. Mentoring: Coaching for College recognizes that students may need more than extra academic instruction to put them on track towards achieving their goals and strives to cultivate mentors as positive role-model for students. Therefore, coaches are encouraged to build lasting mentoring relationships with their students by participating in activities such as educational field trips, activities, career fairs, and other enjoyable activities while displaying positive behaviors and goal settings. c. Coaching: Coaching for College strives to empower students to actualize and realize their dreams and aspirations. Therefore, coaches continually work with their students on standardized test preparation, internship and career exploration, and college planning. To further address students' academic needs, Coaching for College consistently communicates with teachers regarding student progress, utilizes school resources, and contacts and involves parents to participate in developing adequate goals for the students. Mentors receive a weekly email and/or communication from Coaching for College staff to update them about program announcements and changes, helpful hints and suggestions, activity ideas, and events and activities sponsored by Coaching for College that they can participate in with their students. 2. Summer Opportunities Initiative identifies, coordinates, and funds paid internships and other summer enrichment activities such as camps and classes for selected participants to further their academic and career interests. During the summer, Coaching for College meets weekly with participants to provide guidance and support in their new experiences. 3. Weekday Evening Sessions were developed last year in partnership with the professional services firm Accenture to provide students with additional guidance on topics including resume writing, interviewing skills, and budgeting. Held once a month, these sessions were widely attended and will continue during the 2007-2008 school year. Currently, Coaching for College is working with more than 30 students.

Category

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Coaching for College serves students between the ages of 12-18 in grades 6-12 from schools in Ward 2 in DC.  The Shaw neighborhood is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood; however 74% of our student population lives below poverty lever.  This percentage is more than triple the average citywide percentage of DC children living in poverty. Many of our students live in single parent households.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Nisha Sachdev

BIO

In 2006, Coaching for College welcomed Nisha Anjali Sachdev as the organization's new full-time program director. Through her academic background, work experience and professional accomplishments she has proved her commitment to serve youth and their families, not only the District of Columbia, but also globally. Nisha received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Spanish and Criminal Justice. She worked in a juvenile detention center in Pontiac, MI and then relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2003. While completing her Masters in Public Health focusing on Global Health Promotion at the George Washington University, she worked as a high school math teacher at Frost School, an alternative high school for children with social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. It was here Nisha experienced the lack of resources that faced youth in D.C. and surrounding areas. This led her to become a co-founder of Breaking the Cycle, an organization started with four recent D.C. high school students to increase college awareness and to assist at-risk students in achieving academic success. Her experiences locally are complemented by her accomplishments globally. As a consultant for UNICEF and through her work with the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago, she expanded her vision and knowledge of the needs and issues facing youth throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region. She developed the first adolescent reproductive policy for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and also evaluated and provided policy recommendations at UNICEF for the implementation of a regional program promoting anti-violence. Nisha is working to strengthen Coaching for College's program offerings, develop links with the community, and provide students with the greatest opportunity for personal and academic success.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Over the past year, Coaching for College continued to make a significant, measurable difference in the lives of the D.C. public school students we serve. We have seen improvements in student performance in core academic subject areas and renewed commitment and focus on doing well in school. As I begin my third year as Director, I continue to be struck by the dedication, talent, and capacity for hard work that I see among our volunteers, whom we call “coaches”, and our students.
Thank you for your continued support and interest."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Bayer

Federal Government Employee

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