The Organization and Opportunity
Now in its 26th year, Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through third grade and envisions a day when all children are proficient readers as they enter fourth grade. It views literacy as the key to academic success and often, a path out of poverty. Generations Incorporated also provides meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in partner schools and after-school programs in low income communities in Greater Boston.
In a typical year, Generations Incorporated places almost 300 skilled volunteers in schools and after school program sites throughout Greater Boston and Revere. These individuals are recruited and trained to provide focused literacy support to 3400 children each year. Most program volunteers live in the communities where they serve, and all are over the age of fifty.
Highly praised by the national AARP Foundation Experience Corps network, Generations Incorporated is a network affiliate and a mentor to other similar programs. The organization was recognized as “Best in class, best in nation,” by the CEO of AARP Foundation Experience Corps.
Generations Incorporated’s primary programs benefit both students and volunteers. The organization’s evidence-based programs include:
- Reading Coaches: an intensive one-on-one tutoring program, provided in school and after-school settings, that incorporates a writing component, a focus on comprehension and vocabulary.
- Classroom Literacy: a program in which trained volunteers provide assistance with independent reading, writing, phonics and skill support.
- Summer Coaching: a summer program that, in partnership with schools, prepares kindergarteners and first graders to be ready to learn in September.
- Active Aging: a program that benefits the organization’s volunteers, providing them with activities beyond their service to students to enhance their physical, mental and social well being and to connect them to their communities.
Generations Incorporated is led by an engaged thirteen-member board of directors and has a dedicated staff of fifteen. The organization’s annual budget is $2.2 million. With eighteen program locations, staff members and volunteers work with fourteen school-based and four after-school programs.
This is a unique opportunity in an organization with the potential for increasing service delivery and visibility. Generations Incorporated already enjoys a national reputation and is poised for the right leader to capitalize on the organization’s assets and successes to date and further strengthen its programs, expand its geographic reach and increase its public visibility. The next Executive Director of Generations Incorporated will be joining a high functioning organization with a replicable model, engaged board, and loyal, skillful staff and volunteers.
Over the next three years, Generations Incorporated intends to:
- Continuously improve its programs
- Expand to new communities
- Further develop evaluative data collection
- Diversify revenue and plan for sustainability
- Enhance organizational visibility