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Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities Program

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A youth development program providing education, service, and development activities to improve academic skills and increase high school completion and post-secondary attainment of high-risk youth from socioeconomically disadvantaged families and impoverished neighborhoods.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

The initial training fee is $30,000 for a Washington DC-based training for up to 20 trainees, program manuals for 20 trainees, program forms, and 16 hours of training/guidance to mentor advocates. This cost does not include a per diem, which may be offered to trainees, or the costs of trainee travel to DC.

Curriculum and Materials

Included in initial training fee.

Licensing

There are no licensing fees.

Other Start-Up Costs

Costs of space, equipment and supplies for staff should be considered. If the program is offered in multiple locations, it will increase costs.

Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

All program materials are provided at the start-up of the program at no cost. Administrative and reporting forms are provided at no cost to the program provider. Minimal photocopying and printing of materials may be required.

Staffing

When offered by a community-based non-profit organization, an Executive Director, who is an existing staff person of the organization, usually administers the program. Along with the Executive Director, a program serving a cohort of 30 – 40 youth would generally be staffed by 1 Program Coordinator, 2 part-time staff assistants, and volunteer advocates.

Qualifications: The developers do not require specific educational requirements of staff, but look for staff who can make a long-term, full-time commitment to youth, with their many needs; exhibit proficiency in high school math and English; have computer literacy; and have experience in working with teens.

Ratios: A full-time Program Coordinator can operate a program serving 30 - 40 youth and a part-time (.5 FTE) staff assistant can serve 15 - 20 youth.

Time to Deliver Intervention: The model is an intensive support model focused on commitment to and responsiveness to participants. It does not require a certain number of hours of programming per week, but is typically run five days per week for three hours per day during the school year and programming is made available during school breaks and summer well.

Other Implementation Costs

Youth participants receive a stipend of $1.25 per hour of participation.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

It is required that a refresher training session is completed at least by the beginning of year 2. The cost is $20,000 for up to 20 trainees.

The cost for additional technical assistance and training beyond the refresher training is $400 per 8 hours of phone or on-site technical assistance or training. It is recommended that technical assistance should occur at least 3-4 times per year.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

The fidelity monitoring fee is included in the start-up cost for the first year. Thereafter, there is a yearly fee of $2,800.

Ongoing License Fees

None.

None.

Year One Cost Example

For this example, an organization in its first year of Quantum Opportunities would be training 4 staff to serve 35 students. The following costs can be projected for this example.

Start-up (includes training, materials, consultation)
$30,000
Program Director (Paid Advocate)
$55,000
Assistant Coordinators (2 Paid Advocates)
$20,000
Stipends
$11,500
Service Fund (program activities, supplies, trips and other expenses)
$4,500
Administrative Overhead and Office at 20% of Direct
$24,200

Total Year One Cost
$145,200

With the program serving 35 young people in this first year, the cost per youth would be $4,148 per youth. Per youth costs would decline significantly beyond the initial training costs of year 1 and 2.