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December 31, 2013 > Hayward receives $25,000 grant

Hayward receives $25,000 grant

Submitted By Frank Holland

After receiving a record-number of applications, Cities of Service announced that it has awarded $25,000 to Hayward to implement a service initiative designed to address student academic performance. Hayward is one of 23 U.S. cities to win a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant, which supports mayors who are implementing Òimpact volunteeringÓ strategies that tackle pressing local challenges.

ÒImproving student performance in Hayward is critical to our cityÕs overall prosperity, which makes it a shared responsibility for all of us,Ó said Mayor Michael Sweeney. ÒThis grant will help us build on the success of our homework support center program by activating our extraordinary network of local college students. The funding is important, but what it represents is even more valuable: the strengthening collaboration between our local higher education system and our public schools.Ó

HaywardÕs $25,000 grant will go toward expanding the cityÕs successful homework support center program in partnership with Hayward Unified School District, California State University East Bay (CSUEB) and the local community college, Chabot College. Operated by the City of Hayward Public Library, the program builds upon work that has been funded through the US Department of Education Hayward Promise Neighborhood grant and will leverage significant resources from the grant and other funds.

Established in 2009, the Homework Support Centers have proven effective at improving student performance on standardized tests. Homework Centers operate at both of HaywardÕs public libraries and five Hayward Unified School District schools. The City and HUSD are working in partnership to expand this successful program model to additional schools, with the goal of eventually reaching every school in the district.

The After-School Homework Support Initiative will create educational scholarships for an additional 23 Chabot and CSUEB college students, who will volunteer as tutors at the Winton and Cesar Chavez Middle Schools. The Initiative encourages students from college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and other majors to become involved so that more difficult homework subject matter can be covered. These volunteer tutors will help 200 middle school students improve their language arts and math scores by as much as 10 percent. College students will work with middle school students in small groups (3:1 or 1:1 if needed) on all of their homework needs.

The Cities of Service model focuses on impact volunteering Ð volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear, measurable outcomes to gauge progress. Dozens of cities across the nation have adopted the model since its introduction in 2009.

To find out more about Cities of Service, visit www.citiesofservice.org.

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