Arts, Culture, and Humanities

American Southwestern Railway Association Inc

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.traveltown.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Foundation is to educate the public about railroad history as it pertains to the development of the Southwest Region of the United States, particularly the Los Angeles area. We fulfill this mission by supporting the restoration, operation, and interpretation of the historic railroad equipment at the City-operated Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park.

The Foundation supports Travel Town by helping the Department of Recreation & Parks to fund and administer the Museum's volunteer programs, restoration projects and educational outreach efforts. Many of the Museum's programs and activities are funded through grants and donations along with proceeds from our Museum Gift Shop.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Outreach Program

ruling year

1983

Principal Officer

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Gregory Gneier

Keywords

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Railroads, American History, Education, Youth Mentorship

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EIN

95-3804132

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Historical Societies and Related Activities) (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs

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Program 1

Educational Outreach Program

In conjunction with each academic school year, our Foundation gears up for it’s Educational Outreach Program at the Museum. We recruit, orient, train and oversee High School students to give back to their community by volunteering at Travel Town. Every student goes through an orientation/interview process wherein we discuss their skills, interests, and time availability to give them the best fit in our volunteer opportunities at the Museum. Each student is expected to follow our volunteer rules and safety procedures, they sign in and out, note what jobs they work on, and are in charge of their own paperwork for their individual school needs and requirements. Opportunities we offer these students include our “Red Shirt” restoration work, our docent work, and administrative work.


Goals of the program:

• To recruit, train and engage High School students to run and staff our Educational Outreach Programs and restoration projects.
• To have the students learn good life skills that will be applicable in their future education and careers.
• To have these students represent the Museum to the general public in a positive friendly manner.

Objectives:
To recruit at least 5 new students a month through school advertisements, internet posts, and word of mouth within the High Schools surrounding the Museum.

To train these students to be docents and restoration volunteers, utimately they will run the programs with minimum staff supervision.

To retain at least 50 students who will volunteer for 10+ hours throughout the year.

To retain at least 25 students who will earn the President’s Service Award by volunteering a minimum of 50 hours during the year.

Category

Museum Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

None

Budget

$23,500.00

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AMERICAN SOUTHWESTERN RAILWAY ASSN INC
Fiscal year: Feb 01-Jan 31

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American Southwestern Railway Association Inc

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Principal Officer

Gregory Gneier

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gregory Gneier

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