Online Research

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Aleksandra H.

Program & Development Coordinator

Posted Date
Aug 13, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Impact statement
This project will save us $5,239 , allowing us to cover the cost of breakfast for our elementary scholars, ensuring they get not only the academic help they need in the summer, but also the nourishment needed when school is out.

Project Details

What We Need
  • A compilation of research on a specific topic (e.g. industry best practices, literature review, media contacts, industry trends, etc.) including a list of sources
  • Recommendations on areas for further exploration/research
What We Have In Place
  • We are in need of some research for statistics on education and summertime learning loss, to help bolster our grants. We have some specifics and framework for what the grants are requesting.
How This Will Help

This research will help us secure more funding, which means providing more opportunities for more scholars to participate in our program.

Project may require a short interview with the organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss specific topic(s) of interest, research objectives and information needs, as well as preferred sources/databases (if any)
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional create research questions and agree on key terms
Milestone 1: Preliminary Research Outline
  • Professional conducts preliminary online research and creates an outline
  • Professional shares outline with Volunteer Manager for feedback
Milestone 2: Research and Analysis
  • Professional conducts online research and analyzes information
  • Professional drafts a research report and creates a list of sources
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which Professional incorporates
  • Professional conducts an additional round of research (if necessary)
Milestone 3: Report Findings
  • Professional delivers research and shares findings with Volunteer Manager
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About The Org

Our Mission

Odyssey's mission is to expand the ambitions of Atlanta students and empower them on a successful journey to college and a fulfilling career. Odyssey, is a multi-summer educational program serving public school students from among Atlanta's most economically disadvantaged communities. Our motto is "A quest for knowledge, a path to college." By preserving academic momentum achieved during the school year, Odyssey promotes ambition towards higher education and inspires a love for life-long learning.

What We Do

Held on the campus of The Westminster Schools in Buckhead, Odyssey offers a cost-free, academic full-day, 5 to 6 week summer enrichment program for nearly 400 students each year. This existing program has been in operation since 2005. We hire highly qualified and award-winning teachers from all across Atlanta who teach an academic curriculum grounded in reading, writing, and math. Odyssey is a leader in academic design thinking and project-based learning. Each grade level curriculum is founded on a theme; this theme helps govern what texts are taught, what field trips are attended, and what projects are completed. Each year, 100% of Odyssey seniors graduate on time, in contrast to 79% of APS students. All of them have been admitted into a college of their choice, and many have received full academic scholarships. Odyssey is committed to providing the skills and tools that our students will need to successfully navigate the college application process. Students in grades 9-12 take the PSAT and ACTs during the summer, they visit college campuses, meet with college counselors and financial aid officers. Rising seniors are also matched with mentors who will help guide them through the college application process through the school year. Our goal at the conclusion of each summer is for Odyssey scholars to be prepared to begin their school year, prepared to tackle the next grade with confidence and a passion for learning.

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