1. OVERVIEW

 
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NextUp is a collaborative community initiative working to ensure that Richmond Public School (RPS) middle school students engage in meaningful Out-of-School Time (OST) programs designed to improve academic achievement, workforce readiness and social, emotional and physical health.

We are seeking high-quality partners who will deliver enrichment programs to Richmond Public Schools middle school students during one or more 10-week sessions during the 2017-18 school year.  

OUR MODEL
NextUp uses a collective approach to increase the scale, quality and impact of OST programs creating an effective citywide expanded learning system for middle school youth.

NextUp’s model of coordinated high-quality services provides middle school students with a wide variety of hands-on learning and enrichment opportunities that motivate and inspire them to succeed.
 
This model also gives students the freedom to discover new interests, develop new skills, explore career interests, and create relevant connections between in and out-of-school experiences.

QUALITY STANDARDS FOR NEXTUP PROGRAM PARTNERS
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
·       Youth are not knowingly or unnecessarily exposed to infectious diseases
·       If applicable, the program provides meals and snacks that adhere to the food and allergy restrictions of each child 
·       If applicable, food is stored and prepared safely
·       If applicable, proper procedures for the administration and handling of medication and individual medication procedures are developed

SAFETY
·       Persons having direct contact with youth shall be adequately prepared to provide basic first aid and emergency services
·       If applicable, program policies and procedures regarding transportation are in conformance with Virginia law
·       Written policies are in place for general emergencies (NextUp sites will also have policies for all on-site providers to follow)
·       Only authorized persons are allowed on the premises

ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMMING
·       A system for program evaluation is established and used for ongoing program improvement
·       The program provides learning experiences that are age appropriate, individually supportive and regularly offer multiple choices
·       Parents are welcomed as part of the program

STAFF RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING
·       Staff and regular volunteers receive training every year
·       All staff who work with children are physically/mentally able to perform stated outlined job duties and are screened for criminal and child convictions

PERSONNEL/ADMINISTRATION
·       All staff/volunteers will act in a caring, honest, respectful and responsible manner, creating a safe environment for youth
·       The program has written policies and standards related to staff/volunteer qualifications and job responsibilities for each position
·       The organization/individual must have appropriate documentation of business regi

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