Through the Education Achievement Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, students engage in a summer practicum as part of a cohort in Boulder, Colorado. A group of 5-9 students are placed with education-focused nonprofit organizations, foundations, or government agencies committed to working collaboratively in their community to implement innovative approaches to closing the education achievement gap. The cohort is directed by Dream Big Boulder County, and receives an in-depth orientation as well as regular gatherings throughout the summer.
Students can participate in a collective impact initiative aimed at closing the achievement gap, and work both at the policy and direct service level. Fluency in Spanish is helpful, as most of the direct service work will be with the Mexican immigrant population. Preferred start date for this program is June 15th to maximize time involved with the summer youth programs.
Participating host organizations:
Dream Big is an early-stage collective impact initiative with a goal to close the achievement gap in Boulder County in one generation. Partners include: I Have a Dream, Boulder Housing Partners, ELPASO, Boulder Valley School District and the City and County of Boulder. In addition to serving directly with one of the partner organizations, fellows could be involved in the planning and policy work of this collective cradle-to-career initiative.
"I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County (IHDF) has an ambitious goal—to end the cycle of poverty in Boulder County through long-term education and support of students from low-income families. IHDF believes the way to do this is to close the opportunity and achievement gap in Boulder County—the second largest in Colorado—ensuring low-income students have an equal chance of achieving academically, reaching college, and succeeding as self-sufficient adults. IHDF commits 10+ years to each student (called “Dreamer Scholars”), providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through high school graduation, and to and through college. Most Dreamer Scholars are the first generation in their family to attend college.
The organization is one of the most active "I Have a Dream" chapters in the country, currently serving more than 690 students in Grades 1-12 in the Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District with after-school, in-school, and summer programming and support. As the program model that inspired Dream Big, IHDF serves youth long-term from 1st grade through college, connecting them with social-emotional, academic and enrichment opportunities appropriate for their age and individual needs. Services include tutoring, life skills training, and enrichment field trips; full-day summer programming to prevent summer learning loss; one-on-one mentoring from adult volunteers; college & career programming (college tours, job shadows, internships, SAT/ACT preparation, FAFSA, college application support); and a $10,000 scholarship upon graduation from high school plus support from our College & Career Department, to ensure success in completing college or vocational school and starting a meaningful career. IHDF also works closely with and supports the parents of Dreamer Scholars.
Fellows might engage in summer school programming and college advising for Dreamer Scholars ages 8-18, working alongside IHDF’s cadre of AmeriCorps interns. Fellows may also work in the main office, providing support to the college and career office or technical support. They will also research and present a capstone project of their design at the end of the fellowship.
Boulder Housing Partners is the housing authority for the City of Boulder. BHP’s mission is to provide quality, affordable housing, inspire vibrant communities, and create the opportunity for change in people’s lives. We envision a diverse, inclusive and sustainable Boulder as a result of our efforts. BHP Resident Services invests in the service-enriched housing model that provides service and educational programming to improve the economic futures of children who live in BHP sites. We partner with resident families and organizations to provide comprehensive educational and support programs as a means of minimizing barriers to learning and preparing BHP youth for success. We seek to close the opportunity gap by providing supportive educational programming from birth through career.
BHP is one of only thirty-nine housing authorities in the country to have a Moving to Work (MTW) status, with the flexibility to design and test innovative housing strategies to assist low income families. BHP’s Bringing School Home Program is designed to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for children, so they will not need subsidized housing as adults.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with BHP’s resident services staff, neighborhood leaders and community partners on programming to support both children and parents, as well as engage in their own educational projects that bridge education and housing through community building activities in BHP communities. In addition, Fellows will assist with the summer literacy program (Summer Shuffle) that supports kindergartner readiness for preschool age children, by reaching out to parents and children to promote the program, coordinating transportation and program schedules, implementing program design, supporting daily activities and evaluating program effectiveness.
This opportunity provides a chance to learn about program development, collaborative partnerships, community engagement, and the challenges facing economically disadvantaged families living in subsidized housing.
Engaged Latino Parents Advancing Student Outcomes (ELPASO) works at the grassroots level with Latino parents to close the achievement gap. While Boulder County is one of the most educated counties in the country, it also has the widest education achievement gap in the state, between low-income students (mainly Latino) and their higher-income peers. ELPASO seeks to close this gap by working with Latino parents of young children, to give them the tools and resources to be their child’s first teacher, and to empower them as leaders to have a voice in their children’s education.
ELPASO ÉXITO has reached more than 4,000 families in its first six years. Our four School Readiness Coordinators provide parents with facts about childhood development and the achievement gap in Boulder County through family visits. This process allows parents to reprioritize their support for their child’s education. Additionally, our coordinators provide information about community resources available to Latino parents, and refer them to community social programs that meet their needs. During these visits, our coordinators also recruit parents with leadership potential to attend the ELPASO EXITO parent leadership program. This program has helped parents acquire the tools necessary to be the agents of change in their homes and in their communities. More than 210 parents have participated in the parent leadership program, receiving skills, knowledge, and critical information about the importance of early childhood education. The parents immediately implement what they learn at home and notice the positive changes in their children. They also put their skills to use by sharing information learned in the training with other community members. They have completed more than 400 of these house meetings, or “cafecitos.”
ELPASO VOZ programs (one in Longmont, Lafayette and Boulder) mobilize Spanish speaking parents to act together to strengthen their communities. Our community organizers earn the trust and guide a group of leaders through the Asset Based Community Development process. Rather than impose answers, we facilitate leadership in others, affirm the already strong concerns of Latino parents and support them in becoming strategic and assertive leaders. We mobilize Latino parents to attend and lead activities through meetings, community dialogues, public testimonies, actions, volunteer work, events and other activities.
Fellows will be working with monolingual Spanish-speaking parents to provide follow-up and support, as well as helping to develop and implement this innovative, nationally recognized program. Fellows should be willing to work at a grassroots level, going door to door in low-income neighborhoods, contacting agencies and organizations that serve the Latino community, writing grants, help organize and participate in events and more. Spanish proficiency is necessary.
Students who get the most out of this fellowship are self-motivated, flexible, and willing to do whatever is needed to advance the missions of these organizations. We ask students to start as early as possible in the summer so that the entire cohort may begin together. Summer housing can be challenging, so students may want to consider rooming together and to begin looking for housing as soon as they’re accepted. Transportation (car or bicycle) is helpful, especially for BHP, where students might be moving from one site to another during the day.
Each Education Achievement Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
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Funding for this fellowship has been generously provided by the Education Achievement Fellowship Fund and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
The Education Achievement Fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities in conjunction with the Haas Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is available to help students develop their applications. This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.