Education, Policy, and Equity

Education, Policy, and Equity


Poughkeepsie Public Schools Foundation (PPSF) was created in 2008, as a Designated Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, and for 8 years raised funds to support eligible activities for Poughkeepsie City School District students. Over the years the Foundation raised and distributed over $40,000 for projects as diverse as Museum Field Trips, the creation of school gardens and the Pioneer Post Newspaper.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • In 2021, the Foundation had its inaugural spring gala virtually. Two 2021 CEL students were involved in designing marketing materials, selecting the broadcast platforms, and producing the event itself. The 2023 CEL student will be part of this year’s planning committee and use their skills for another great fundraiser.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in PPSF Communications Committee and Fundraising Committee meetings as well as the full bi-monthly board meetings to understand their work in the larger context, and to learn more about nonprofit operations. Meeting schedules vary but are during the week, generally for an hour sometime between 5pm and 7pm Eastern, and by Zoom for the foreseeable future.
  • Strengthen the alumni database. Plan and carry out an event for high school juniors and seniors to network with recent alums about college and careers.
  • Contribute and develop communications content
  • Research and produce marketing materials in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board Committees.

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with PPSF?Visit here for your next steps.


R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Poughkeepsie, NY that serves area youth along their paths to leadership. Programs that operate under R.E.A.L. are designed to help students that have had difficulty navigating the paths of traditional social, educational, and judicial systems to understand and obtain mainstream skill competency levels and social values that would EMPOWER them to interact in their community, school or job more successfully.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Youth Empowerment Initiative
  • Grant Writing
  • Tutoring for Academic Enrichment from K-12
  • Facilitating Hip Hop Theater Classes
  • High School & Middle School Mentorships
  • Facilitate Art/Hobby Classes for K-12
  • Overall Program Administration Support
  • R.E.A.L. Skills Network is also willing to accept new ideas and activities that will enrich Elementary, Middle School, or High School Students, Etc.

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with REAL Skills?Visit here for your next steps.


Arlington Parters Against Racism is group of action-oriented anti-racist community members and parents in the Arlington Central School District dedicated to equity and institutional diversity. We amplify the voices, experiences, and needs of marginalized groups to ensure they are represented, understood, and responded to. Our focus is on race and racism. We intentionally center and support District members from marginalized racial groups. As we stand in solidarity with other groups organizing to support communities experiencing marginalization and oppression, we affirm our collective commitment to creating and maintaining a district in which all members can thrive.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Attend organizational meetings and school board meetings
  • Analyze and write reports on data
  • Curate community events
  • Assist with social media

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with ON PAR? Visit here for your next steps.


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Finish Strong provides non-contact boxing and other activities as well as mental health counseling to address trauma and build resiliency in youth and young adults. They strive to bring experiences to the classroom that youth would not otherwise encounter, such as:

  • Students can receive training in Restorative Practices and lead youth in said practices.
  • Students can also assist in providing youth with academic support, emotional support, in additional to other forms of self-expression, art, sport, and wellness.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • CEL students should be able to assist youth with social emotional learning & emotional support using various outlets such as arts & crafts and other therapeutic practices.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with Finish Strong? Visit here for your next steps.


DAY ONE Early Learning Community is a non-profit located in the city of Poughkeepsie. Our mission is dedicated to creating the best learning opportunities for young children in New York State by providing state-of-the-art training for early childhood teachers. As part of our ecosystem for building high quality early childhood education, we provide programs for parents to have access to knowledge, resources and respect for their hopes for their children and families.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Work directly with children in a school setting.
  • Sitting at tables with small groups doing open-ended projects
  • Dramatic play
  • Building in the STEAM room, etc.
  • Typical work of teachers – wiping down tables, resetting activities, sweeping the floor after a meal, etc.
  • Children are ages 3 to 5, many with developmental challenges
  • Children’s Librarian: organizing, cataloging and assisting teachers pulling books for different weeks.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with DAY ONE? Visit here for your next steps.


American Lung Association LogoThe mission of the American Lung Associate is accomplished by investing in research, providing tools and resources to educate the public about lung disease, and advocating to protect lung health by fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. The Asthma Management in School Program is a comprehensive framework to provide educational resources and technical assistance to schools outside of NYC and School-Based Health Centers state-wide. This is a joint initiative of the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Asthma Control Program and the American Lung Association.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

The student volunteer will assist the American Lung Association Health Promotions staff to execute a variety of activities/programs for our New York State Asthma Management in Schools (AMS) grant and to gain experience in the field of public health.

Activities/Programs:

  • Asthma self-management program that builds confidence for children with asthma.
  • Open Airways for Schools Program (OAS): For children ages 8-11 years old. OAS Certified Facilitators are trained volunteers that guide a group of participants (5-10, elementary-aged students) through the OAS curriculum in a community or school-based setting.
  • Kickin’ Asthma Program (KA): For youth ages 11-16 years old. KA Certified Facilitators are trained volunteers that guide a group of participants (5-10, youth-aged students) through the KA curriculum in a community or school-based setting.
  • New York State Guide for Asthma Management in Schools: The guide offers resources and information to assist school personnel in helping students with asthma manage their health and wellness in school. As a team, we will implement the best policies and strategies for improvement from the guide after reviewing and evaluating the current protocols, policies, and procedures in place for students with asthma.

Expectations:

  • Successfully complete the OAS or KA Certified Facilitator Training, including the Blended Learning online training and skill-building session, within a 14-day time-period. (Approximately 4-6 hours)
  • Conduct at least 1 OAS or KA program as outlined in the curriculum and trainingPrepare in advance for each lesson
  • Follow the course curriculum provided Attend/ lead six weekly 30-40-minute group lessons held during the scheduled time in a Poughkeepsie School District (PSD) elementary school. (Elementary school site will be provided by AMS team)
  • Communicate with the Lung Association AMS staff representative about scheduled programs
  • Complete program related reporting and evaluation
  • Complete training to implement the NYS Guide for Asthma Management in Schools.

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with the American Lung Association?Visit here for your next steps.


The Vassar Education Collaboration (VEC) has been connecting Vassar College to the City of Poughkeepsie public school district since 2003. The programs are designed to increase educational opportunity for public school students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and to foster a connection between Vassar and its immediate community. Programming will serve students from ages 5 to 18, as well as parents, teachers, and other adults. In addition, these programs are formative in the education and possible career direction of the Vassar students who participate.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with VEC?Visit here for your next steps.


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