• Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Application Date: 5/30/2017
  • Club Name (Primary): Rockingham County
  • Club Name 2: Harrisonburg
  • Project Name: On The Road Collaborative High School Services
  • Project Total Cost: $13,500.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: On the Road Collaborative is a youth empowerment non-profit in Harrisonburg, VA focused on bridging the opportunity gap that exists for at-risk youth to get them on the path to high school graduation, college, and careers through exposure to different career opportunities taught by community leaders. OTRC currently exists at Skyline Middle School and this project is about expanding and building upon the middle school foundation for 9th graders. The original intent was to be with these students “on the road” to graduation. For Rotary to help them jump start this initiative will be a great opportunity for all involved.

    OTRC High School Services will meet two days per week and will involve a new 9th Grade Academy (9GA) and Career Enrichment Projects for a total of 50 Harrisonburg High School 9th graders during the 2017-2018 school year. 9GA will meet one day per week along with monthly Saturday workshops and will include a variety of targeted learning activities, including academic coaching, character building and college & career exploration. Career Enrichment Projects will meet the second day of the week and will be offered for 9GA youth as well as other interested 9th grade youth at HHS. 9GA will consist of a cohort of 20 9th grade youth, with about ½ of the cohort being youth who are currently enrolled in OTRC’s 8th Grade Academy (8GA) at Skyline Middle School.

    OTRC High School Services will be dedicated to delivering on the following outcomes:
    ● Create a strong, supportive community of young people engaged in their education and focused on post-secondary success;
    ● Increase youth’s enrollment in Advanced Diploma track classes;
    ● Increase youth’s exposure to, and information about, college and career options and their respective pathways;
    ● Improve youth’s workforce skills (collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking);
    ● Improve youth’s self-confidence, self-efficacy and engagement in school;
    ● Increase youth’s social capital and network with business, community and civic leaders
  • Expected Start Date: 8/1/2017
  • Expected End Date: 5/31/2018
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 50
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: There is tremendous need in finding effective solutions to address the ‘opportunity gap’ that exists for low-income youth during their out-of-school hours. More than 70% of Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS) youth are approved for free or reduced lunch (a measure of low-income status). This is a 13% increase over the past six years, suggesting that our city school population is growing poorer at a very rapid rate, and exceeds the Virginia average by 30%. Unequal access to out-of-school learning experiences is calculated by TASC to result in a 6,000 hour learning gap by the age of 12 for low-income students, leaving them without the study skills, life skills, and home support necessary for students to realize their intellectual potential. On the Road Collaborative serves 81% low-income and 70%+ minority youth. 9th Grade Academy will specifically address the “information” and “achievement” gaps that exist for high school youth. One study shows while 92% say they intend to go to college, only 32% said they had a “great deal” or “quite a bit” of information about selecting high school classes that would prepare them for college. 9GA will close the information gap and equip youth with the information they need to make decisions best aligned with their post-secondary plans. OTRC High School Services is also needed to supplement the traditional school day in order to close various achievement gaps that still exist in Harrisonburg City for low-income and minority students. While 64.1% of White students attain an Advanced Diploma, an important measure of college & career success, only 50% Black, 49% Hispanic and 45% low-income students attain one (versus a Standard Diploma). An important indicator of Advanced Diploma attainment is enrollment in Honors and AP courses. Hispanic (90) and Black (39) students significantly lag behind their White (190) counterparts in Honors and Advanced Placement course enrollment.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 90
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians are currently involved with On the Road Collaborative’s middle school initiatives, serving as community teachers for classes and will continue to do so as a part of OTRC High School Services. Each of these career enrichment classes meets on a weekly basis engaging students for 1.5 hours each meeting for 10 weeks. Rotarian community teachers share their gifts, teaching on topics such as architecture & building, video marketing, real estate, and web design & coding. The culminating project varies for each class but serves as a learning showcase for other Rotarians, community members and student’s families. Expansion into Harrisonburg High School will allow more Rotarians to engage more at-risk youth and share their gifts and vocations as community teachers.

  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Cross promotion with OTRC will include: A press release announcing grant award will be distributed to all local media outlets and will be shared across all Rotary and OTRC online and social media platforms, including websites, email newsletter, Facebook and Twitter. Stories will be secured and sharedon an on-going basis to highlight impact, including key stakeholders, such as Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Rotary will be listed as a partner on OTRC website and logo will be included in the On the Road Collaborative promotional brochure for the 2017-2018 school year. Rotary logo will be included on 9GA student professional polos and featured at all OTRC High School events, such as Career Enrichment Learning Showcases.
    Direct Rotary publicity efforts will include: Announcement of the grant and Rotarian involvement will go into our annual Rotary insert in the local newspaper. Additional press release with all local news outlets, and shared across all Club Websites and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Event promotions, fundraisers, and learning showcases will all prominently display Rotary Wheel. Pictures of Rotarian community teachers and volunteers will be shared across social media.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: On The Road Collaborative
  • Letter(s) of Participation: OTRC Letter of Participation.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.9th Grade Academy: Supplies & Materials (General) (20 students x $100/student) $2,000
    9th Grade Academy: Professional Branded Polos for Students (20 students x $19/polo) $380
    9th Grade Academy: Monthly Saturday College Trips, inc. transportation and food on campus (6 trips x $500/trip) $3,000
    Career Enrichment Projects: Teacher Assistants to support volunteer community teachers (2 teachers x 2 hrs/wk x 20 wks x $14/hour) $1,120 (NOTE - TO BE PAID DIRECTLY FROM CLUB FUNDS; NOT THROUGH DISTRICT GRANT)
    Career Enrichment Projects: Curriculum and Supplies/Materials ($500/project x 4 projects) $2,000
    Career Enrichment Projects: Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Career Project Equipment (Robotics, Soapbox, Electronics (e.g. TinyBits) 3D Printer) $3,000
    Career Enrichment Projects: Field Trip Transportation ($250/project x 4 projects) $1,000
    Career Enrichment Projects: Learning Showcase event and dinner ($500/showcase x 2 showcases $1,000.00
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadRequested Community Project Grant Amount $6,000.00
    Club Funds 7,500.00
  • Budget Upload: rotary otrc grant_budget.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Brad Cohen
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Membership Chair
  • Primary Contact Email: brad@funkhousergroup.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540.830.7239
  • Financial Contact Name: Ed Yoder
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Club Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    PO Box 952
    Harrisonburg, VA 22803
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  • Financial Contact Email: eyoder@pbgh.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540.421.7372
  • Project Authorization Form: Signed Project Authorization.pdf
  • Grant Number1718c-10
  • Grant Award$6,000.00