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Community Education Partnerships

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education

Mission: Community Education Partnerships (CEP) is a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to increase the learning opportunities and enhance the academic achievement of homeless youth in the Bay Area. CEP recruits and trains volunteers to provide high-quality, individualized one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for pre-kindergarten - 12th grade homeless students. CEP provides all of its students with grade-appropriate backpacks, school supplies, and books throughout the school year. Additionally, CEP offers opportunities for local homeless students to participate in extra-curricular enrichment activities like field trips and CEP-hosted shelter-based activities, such as Summer Reading Clubs and Back to School Nights.

Target demographics: homeless students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 students

Geographic areas served: The San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, backpacks, school supplies, books, and opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with CEP has been fantastic. As a volunteer tutor, I've felt prepared by the staff to work with my student and understand their unique needs. My staff partners have always been responsive and happy to help me discover great resources to grow my student's academic skills. Working with my student has challenged me and enriched my life in many ways. I feel lucky to be receiving as much benefit from this relationship as my student is. Watching them grow and develop new skills over the year has been one of my greatest joys.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend works for CEP and invited me to volunteer for their 9th annual fundraiser. I love their mission of providing free educational support to homeless children as defined by the McKinney Vento Act, and to see the large amount of community members that support the mission was wonderful. Their recruitment process for tutoring is thorough, offering additional training information on their website to further enhance volunteers' skills. It's really helpful to those who are looking for additional training, and they're very supportive of their tutors with additional information on the website under their Tutor Center for subject based homework and practice material by grade.

Nataly R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honestly very honored to be part of the CEP team. The staff is amazing, nonetheless being able to spend time reading and helping children complete there homework has by far been one of my greatest experiences!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Perhaps I’m biased as a volunteer, but the work that is done to help these students is heart-warming. This organization has done so much to serve students to the best of their ability and employed some of the most wonderful and helpful volunteers. What they did is great and they do it well. I’ve witnessed the positive impact they leave on kids several times and it’s honestly just amazing. It always leaves a smile on my face.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with CEP for several years, and I have found it to be a wonderful experience. CEP is very organized and efficient and so, as a volunteer, I don't have to a spend time worrying about logistics and planning; I get to concentrate on tutoring students. In the past twelve months I've helped tutor a group of boys at a middle school and a mixed-age group of children in a public housing development. It is incredibly rewarding to see children learn and develop new skills, and I appreciate CEP making it possible. I can't recommend CEP highly enough - if you are interested in tutoring homeless and highly mobile children in the Bay Area you should get in touch.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CEP offers a variety of important services to homeless and highly mobile children in the San Francisco Bay Area. CEP's core offering is to train volunteer tutors who offer weekly one-on-one tutoring to K through 12th grade homeless students. What I like most about CEP's model is that volunteers go to meet the students where it is most convenient for the student (library, shelter, temporary housing) - this is critical because most students don't have easy access to transport, and may move several times over the course of a couple of years. With CEP they can keep the same tutor when they move and when they switch schools. In part because of the consistency and stability they offer, CEP tutors often end up being key role models, mentors, and educators for their students.

Aside from the great work, I like CEP because it is an extremely lean organization with a history of keeping overhead as low as possible; it is amazing what CEP is able to do with each grant or donation received. By some distance CEP is my favorite nonprofit - truly best in class. I'd recommend it to anyone - look at www.cep.ngo and see for yourself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with CEP for nearly a year and have really enjoyed my experience. The staff is dedicated, knowledgeable, and always excited to support their mission. Working with the students has very quickly become the best part of my week. I’ve loved watching them grow over the past year, developing new skills and embracing learning. Our students are clever, curious, and always hilarious. The CEP staff prepared me well for this experience and have been incredibly supportive along the way. Whether you have previous experience with children or not, this organization will prepare and support you so you can have a tremendous impact our the Bay Area’s most vulnerable students. I highly recommend them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tutoring with CEP is the best part of my week! I know I am making a difference for my students, helping them succeed in school, reach their potential, and exceed others' expectations of them. Thank you CEP for the work you are doing to educate homeless and highly mobile students and help them break the cycle of poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with CEP this year, and my assignment has quickly become one of the most gratifying, joyous aspects of my life. CEP is a beautifully run organization: it's obvious they prioritize HHM students' needs and recognize the importance of instilling young people with agency and self-esteem. In addition to having such a worthy mission, CEP is also well-run from an administrative standpoint: I know I can rely on the CEP Program Coordinator to assist with any questions or concerns I have. If you are passionate about youth development, please consider supporting CEP with your time or financial resources -- your investment will equip children to envision bright futures for themselves.

Atiya H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After looking over their social media account, I appreciate how involved this organization is with the community. They are definitely hands on and it’s refreshing to see people my age working with the generation behind us and teach them to be involved in a positive way. I recommend this non-profit to everyone. Go follow! @communityeducationpartnerships

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CEP has made it easy for underserved homeless students as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act to receive adequate educational instruction. By partnering with local shelters and transitional homes, they are true advocates of literacy providing tutors like myself with a cool literacy kit that includes books, a reading level assessment and fun literacy activities like Mad Libs and Word Bingo. My time volunteering has been great and I look forward to my weekly sessions with my student.

Corissa S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Corissa Stobing, donor and volunteer.
I have been supporting CEP since its inception in 2010. The staff and volunteers are very dedicated and hard working and I know that my contributions make an important impact on their ability to serve homeless and highly mobile students . As an educator, I know how transformative a caring mentor can be in the life of a child and I am very happy to support an organization that makes those mentoring relationships possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

CEP does stellar work providing tutoring and academic support to homeless and highly mobile youth in my community. I would donate anyway, simply to support their mission, but I also like the fact they are the leanest non-profit I know. Almost every penny they receive goes straight to programs. Great people doing great work throughout the Bay Area

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been to 5 CEP events at local shelters this year, and each time the students were more excited for the activity. Seeing students engaged, and learning in a relaxed and positive way makes it easy to go back week after week. Parents often join in to play games and participate in arts and crafts during family nights, and the laughter and joy in the room is contagious. CEP is generous with donated supplies, does their best to continuously recruit tutors, and works with families to maintain consistency through life challenges.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with CEP for five years and have really enjoyed my time with the organization. Along with helping kids stay up to speed with their in-school academics, CEP’s one-to-one and small-group settings give kids the chance to explore their creativity and ask questions they might not get to in classrooms. It’s really exciting and inspiring to see a child who is feeling lost and discouraged, light up when they realize how capable they truly are.

CEP also has a lot of great programs, including its reading and computer clubs, which keep kids excited about learning. Kids who might otherwise not have the chance to work with computers get to learn vital skills like typing, coding and web development. This small organization has done so much for so many kids and I’m very happy I’ve had the opportunity to participate!

Kendra D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love about CEP is the goal we all share in providing children with the education they deserve to have despite varying outside factors. Meeting the children where it is best for them to tutor with the subjects they need assistance with is fulfilling and most importantly convenient for the children. Volunteering for the summer reading club really helped me to see the impact the time spent has on the children. Focusing on retaining literacy with the children over the summer while creating other fun activities really helps to teach. With CEP I've been able to foster a fun, creative learning space. I know with continuous growth the goals we have will be met and exceeded.

Andrew M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CEP and it's volunteers provide tireless academic support to homeless and highly mobile youth. While homelessness is a systemic issue that will require a radical restructuring of our society if we are to truly address it, the volunteers and staff of CEP have already began to show the way forward, and that is through deep compassion and a commitment to supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization making change through the Bay Area. I've volunteered with CEP for 5 years and have sat on the Board for 1.5; on both sides of the house, I have been so impressed by its positivity, enthusiasm and dedication everyone has to our CAUSE. Three cheers for CEP!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time volunteering with the youth and working alongside other volunteers who share a similar interest in bettering the Bay Area through active community service. The work that CEP does is extraordinary and I will continue to support its mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CEP is a great organization. I volunteer in their tutoring program and the support that they provide not only to the students but also to me as a volunteer is invaluable. CEP is providing services to a population of students that are historically ignored and underserved. The family reading nights that CEP hosts in the local homeless shelters are interactive and fun for the children while maintaining an active learning environment.