Youth Development

Aspire! Afterschool Learning

  • Arlington, VA
  • www.aspireafterschool.org

Mission Statement

Aspire! Afterschool Learning expands learning opportunities that help young people fulfill their potential through afterschool and summer learning programs that support and connect families, schools and communities.

Main Programs

  1. Learning ROCKS!
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

GLC serves children and families in the 22204 zip code of Arlington, a Neighborhood Strategy Area meeting the highest needs indices per federal guidelines.

ruling year

1994

Executive Director since 2007

Self-reported

Courtney C. Reeve

Keywords

Self-reported

education, literacy, after school, enrichment, development, parent, community

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Also Known As

Aspire!

EIN

54-1705642

 Number

8511038457

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In each of the last two years, over 90% of our students have improved their reading instructional levels.

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

Learning ROCKS!

Learning ROCKS! reaches 80 students across three sites, providing daily after school and summer programming to students in 3rd-5th grades who are at-risk of falling into the achievement gap. Targeted reading instruction and support, as well as general academic support / homework help and social-emotional development.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Theory of Change:
    - Reading proficiency in upper elementary grades is strongly correlated with high school graduation (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010 and 2014)
    - By bolstering students' reading skills, they will be on track to graduate from high school.
    - With a high school diploma, students will have all options open to them to lead productive, fulfilling lives.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Daily programming throughout the year (after school and in the summer), using evidence-based research to inform instructional practices (e.g. guided reading and project based learning).
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have exceed goals for each of the last five years.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We use externally validated, school-based assessments to measure impact. We review data throughout the year and compare beginning of year (BOY) results with end of year (EOY) gains.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    There is high demand for our programs with long waiting lists at all of our sites. We would like to take our program to scale to meet more of the need.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

GLC serves children and families in the 22204 zip code of Arlington, a Neighborhood Strategy Area meeting the highest needs indices per federal guidelines.

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Funding Needs

Support for scholarships through the Lisa Pope Scholarship Fund.   Over 90% of the students we serve qualify for free- or reduced-fare lunch which translated into annual incomes of $33,500 or less for a family of four.  GLC provides scholarships to students to cover the nominal $25/week tuition and is on target to provide more than $30,000 in scholarships to our students this year.

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Financials

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Greenbner Learnmg Center Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Aspire! Afterschool Learning

Leadership

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Executive Director

Courtney C. Reeve

BIO

Courtney C. Reeve has worked extensively on education issues for immigrant, refugee, and underserved populations in both the US and abroad, in direct service as well as policy capacities. Immediately prior to her position with GLC, Ms. Reeve served as Education Program Manager for the International Rescue Committee's programs in Liberia, West Africa. She has directed multi-site education programs for all age groups (early childhood through adult), is an experienced English as a Second Language teacher, and has provided consulting to public charter schools. Ms. Reeve was previously on the Board of YNPNdc for which she served as Treasurer as well as the Young Executive Directors' Roundtable liaison. She has been appointed to the Arlington County and Arlington County Public Schools' Joint Out-of-School Time Advisory Council since 2009. Ms. Reeve has a BS in Bilingual Education from Boston University, an Ed.M. (Master of Education) from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Master's Certificate in Global Mental Health from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. She is proficient in Spanish. Ms. Reeve received ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership's Emerging Leader Award in 2009, was named a Judith O'Connor Scholar by BoardSource in 2010, received Honorable Mention for the EXCEL Award for Nonprofit Leadership in 2012, and was named a Leadership Arlington 40 Under 40 Honoree in 2015. She is a member of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2010 and the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2013.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Aspire! Afterschool Learning, formerly Greenbrier Learning Center, is an innovative organization with results-based programming that improves the lives of children at risk of falling into the achievement gap. For over 20 years, Aspire! has been achieving real results for children. In each of the last two years, over 90% of students improved their reading. We get results in two ways: (1) connecting schools and families and (2) using methodologies that are firmly rooted in research.

We provide a critical link across the three main aspects of a child's daily experience: at school; after school; and at home. Our program team are in regular contact with students' teachers and school staff and our full-time AmeriCorps Members provide direct service to students in their classrooms two days each week. Our Parent Connection workshops help parents to further support their students' success as well as helping them to develop their own skills and confidence.

Our research-based practices during out-of-school time yield excellent results for our students. They include guided reading and project-based learning. Our program provides 30 minutes of dedicated reading instruction and support each day, as well as homework assistance and fun activities designed to reinforce academic content .

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Stephen Bansal Manlove

HDR, Inc.

Term: July 2013 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity