Self Assessment Test

HOW WELL DO YOU FIT?
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GUIDELINE FIT SELF-ASSESSMENT
Please use the following as a guide to determine if your proposal fits the most basic criteria for Carolyn Foundation middle school age youth funding. Meeting this minimum standard only assures that your proposal will be considered, not an indication of likely funding.

1) Have you read the Carolyn Foundation Guidelines including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available on this website? If No, please do so before proceeding.

2) Are the primary beneficiaries of your program middle school youth? (grades 6-8, ages 12-14). Funding for other age groups will be on an exception basis depending on available funds.
_____ Yes _____ No

3) Do the youth who benefit from this program live within the city limits of Minneapolis, MN? (excluding all suburbs and adjacent cities or towns)
_____ Yes _____ No

4) Are a vast majority of children (>70%) benefiting from this program eligible for free or reduced lunch?
_____ Yes _____ No

5) Is your program based on documented “best practices” and or a clearly defined logic model* demonstrating how and why the program will be effective? (*Please see links on the bottom of this page.)
_____ Yes _____ No

6) On a site visit will we observe the following best practice program design and implementation?
_____ Yes _____ No
Engaged Youth

High participation – youth vote with their feet, A sense of connection
Passion – “Spark” commitment, program ownership
Voice & Choice input
Collective Action & Shared Youth Power
Quality Design

Appropriate supervision & structure
Intentional programming – not just hanging out
Well-prepared staff
Partnerships with families, community organizations and schools
Youth Workers

Model positive behavior
Actively promote student mastery
Listen attentively
Frequently provide individual feedback/guidance
Effective Group Management
Clear expectations for mature & respectful peer interaction
If your answer is NO to any of the above questions, it is unlikely that your program fits our guidelines and we would discourage you from applying.

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COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL VITALITY GUIDELINE FIT SELF-ASSESSMENT
Please use the following as a guide to determine if your proposal fits the most basic criteria for Carolyn Foundation Community Vitality funding. Meeting this minimum standard only assures that your proposal will be considered, not an indication of likely funding. These questions are designed to help you evaluate whether or not applying for a grant is worth your time or effort.

1)   Does your organization operate in the City of Minneapolis proper?

_____ Yes _____ No

2)   Is the primary mission of your organization to build bridges between community members and/or support the development and inclusion of underrepresented/new/marginalized communities into the cultural fabric of Minneapolis?

_____ Yes _____ No

3)   Is your annual operating budget below $4,000,000?

_____ Yes _____ No

4)   Does your leadership, staff and participants reflect the diversity of the community and your target audiences?

_____ Yes _____ No

If you answered yes to all of the questions please feel free to submit an application.

If you answered no to one question and you think you fit our guidelines please call Becky Erdahl, Executive Director, 612-596-3279, or email berdahl@carolynfoundation.org before applying to discuss your fit with our priorities.

If you answered no to two or more of these it is very unlikely that you would receive funding from Carolyn Foundation.

 

 

DOCUMENTS

Middle School Resource List

Middle School Transition 9th Grade – PPV

Once We Know It Whitepaper

Middle School – Quality Matters 7 Insights