Arts, Culture, and Humanities

California Poets in the School

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.cpits.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1964, California Poets in the Schools is one of the largest literary artists-in-residence programs in the nation. We encourage students throughout California to recognize and celebrate their creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative poetry writing process. We provide students with a multicultural community of published poets, specially trained to bring their experience and love for their craft into the classroom. CPITS serves 25,000 students annually in hundreds of public and private schools, juvenile halls, after-school programs, hospitals, and other community settings. We also partner with the California Arts Council to broadcast the Poetry Out Loud recitation program to high schools and audiences throughout the state.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Seed Poets
  3. Poets in the Schools
  4. Statewide Student Poetry Anthology
  5. California Poetry Out Loud
Service Areas

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California

California Poets in the Schools served more than 25,000 Californian students K-12 during the 2012-13 school year, reaching 32 counties. Largest programs are in San Francisco, Marin, San Diego, Sonoma, Sacramento, Mendocino, Alameda and Humboldt counties. During 2012-13, a new Seed Poets initiative supported by the California Arts Council and Friends of CPITS will bring poets into classrooms and after-school programs to reach underserved schools.

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Jamie Jordan

Administrative Director of Operations

Self-reported

Mrs. Tina Areja Pasquinzo

Keywords

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Statewide, Literary Arts Education, Poetry, Literacy, Recitation, Writing, Imagination, Creative Thinking, Intellectual Curiosity

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Also Known As

California Poets in the Schools, CPITS

EIN

94-2977264

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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

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Our goal is to make
creative writing an integral part of the language arts and arts education of
every student in California. We inspire youth to recognize, examine, and value
poetic arts. We mentor youth to engage with language in order to solve problems
imaginatively. We foster an appreciation for self-expression through language.
We also share and affirm the cultural diversity of California by bringing poets
and artists of color into the classroom, using multicultural materials in our
lessons, and offering multilingual poetry examples when needed.

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

California Poets in the Schools' primary purpose is met through the artist-in-residence program. This program operates at school sites inside and outside regular school hours, and in hospitals, after school programs, juvenile detention centers, and runaway and homeless shelters. As artists-in-residence, our Poet-Teachers work with children over an extended period of time, visiting students for an average of 16 sessions per year. Last year, CPITS Poet-Teachers worked with over 30,000 California students in grades k-12.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Seed Poets

Seed Poets, supported by the California Arts Council, Target Community Grants and Friends of CPITS, will bring poetry to more than 20 new classrooms in under-served regions of the state during the 2012-13 school year.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,100.00

Program 3

Poets in the Schools

Professional poets throughout California receive training in best-practices methods to teach creative writing to K-12 students. Curriculum engages with the core curriculum including: English Language Arts, English Language Development, Science, Social Studies, Cultural History, Math, Theatre, Art, Local History, Watershed Studies.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Statewide Student Poetry Anthology

California Poets in the Schools publishes an annual anthology of student poetry, featuring dozens of poems created by K-12 youth throughout the state. The anthology recognizes talented young poets and also broadcasts the diversity of voices, cultures, and passions of the upcoming generation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$9,000.00

Program 5

California Poetry Out Loud

California Poets in the Schools is a strategic partner for the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the national Poetry Out Loud Poetry Recitation Program to high schools throughout the state.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$45,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

California Poets in the Schools served more than 25,000 Californian students K-12 during the 2012-13 school year, reaching 32 counties. Largest programs are in San Francisco, Marin, San Diego, Sonoma, Sacramento, Mendocino, Alameda and Humboldt counties. During 2012-13, a new Seed Poets initiative supported by the California Arts Council and Friends of CPITS will bring poets into classrooms and after-school programs to reach underserved schools.

Funding Needs

Current fundraising goals include capacity building support in order to increase paid administrative staff hours as we implement our sustainable income plan. Organization also seeks funding to hire a part-time Executive Director/Development Coordinator to fortify the central office hub. Donors with a particular geographic tie are invited to chat with us regarding support of school or community-based programs in your community. We welcome strategic partnerships with other youth-serving agencies, arts organizations, community centers, schools, PTA groups. Please call (415)221-4201; or email info@cpits.org to discuss your ideas.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jamie Jordan

Administrative Director of Operations

Mrs. Tina Areja Pasquinzo

BIO

Jamie Jordan is the President of the Board of Directors. At present, CPiTS is functioning without an acting Executive Director. The volunteer working board of directors oversees organizational programs, finance, and policies through the Administrative Director of Operations and other staff.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jamie Jordan

Granicus, Inc.

Term: Jan 2012 -

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