Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellowship Awards 2000-2001

"Developing a Program Evaluation System" - $7,820

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: The Rensselaer County ARC

We wish to evaluate programs and procedures within the Rensselaer County ARC. The goal of this Rubin project is to address the gap between the extensiveness of program activity and the paucity of program evaluation in the operation of the agency. We wish to facilitate the acceptance and even expectation of evaluation within the agency so that all staff will regularly incorporate evaluation strategies into their work. With the Rubin grant, we expect to provide staff with agency-based program evaluation experiences to facilitate their development of an enhanced appreciation of the usefulness and usability of evaluative information. We also expect to provide appropriate staff with ongoing training and access to supportive consultation to increase their program evaluation skills.

"Home Ownership in Troy and Rensselaer County" - $8,300

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: The City of Troy

The Sage Colleges joined with the City of Troy and nonprofit organizations in January 1999 to form the Sage-Troy Home Ownership Partnership. The purpose of the Partnership is to encourage home ownership and thereby stimulate community revitalization in the neighborhood surrounding the college campus known as Troys historic downtown district. In this project, we wish to evaluate the first phase of the home Ownership project. The goals of the Sage Partnership are to revitalize the downtown neighborhood community by expanding the home owning population in its target area, reducing the vacant and abandoned properties in its target area, improving the appearance and value of properties through renovation assistance, and thereby improving the quality of residents lives and the confidence they have in their community. In general, The Sage Partnership seeks to join other efforts designed to revitalize Troys downtown as a livable community.

"Character Education Program" - $8,000

  • Institution Name: Hudson Valley Community College
  • Cooperating Agency: Lansingburgh Central School District

This project plans to implement Phase One of a Character Education Program in the Lansingburgh School District. The goal is to establish a program for teaching respect for self and othersincluding civility, honesty, compassion, fairness, trustworthiness, and citizenship. With the help of the Rubin Community Fellows Program, Lansingburgh looks to be a leader in character education, formulating an effective model program which could be replicated in other local districts.

"Watts Up!" - $7,937

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cooperating Agency: The City of Troy

Funding was sought from the Rubin Community Fellows Program to form a collaborative partnership between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the City of Troy to continue the innovative work of the "Watts Up!" program. "Watts Up!" is a cooperative venture of Troy institutions that enhanced, redeveloped, and revitalized initiatives currently in progress or already completed, such as Riverfront Park, the new Arts Center of the Capital Region, and the Rice Building. The goal is to enhance, through special lighting, building facades in downtown Troy.

"Three Ways to Care" $9,417

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: Early Childhood Education Center, Nassau Nursery Association, Inc., St. Patricks Elementary School

This project investigated ways the Early Childhood Education Center in West Sand Lake, the Nassau Nursery Association, Inc. in Nassau, and St. Patricks Elementary School in Troy might work in closer collaboration with each other. The goal is to start a Capital Campaign, develop collaborative ventures, and raise awareness about these three early childhood education institutions.