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Role of the Statewide Coordinator. Presenters: David E. Roberts, Louisiana Lora Jorgensen, Alaska James Rose, D.C. Introduction to CGS. Goal: A Volunteer program designed to help low-income / first-generation students complete the FAFSA How:

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role of the statewide coordinator
Role of the Statewide Coordinator

Presenters: David E. Roberts, Louisiana

Lora Jorgensen, Alaska

James Rose, D.C.

introduction to cgs
Introduction to CGS

Goal:

  • A Volunteer program designed to help low-income / first-generation students complete the FAFSA

How:

  • Financial Aid experts and community volunteers come together to assist families in overcoming the financial aid paperwork hurdle

National Outcomes:

  • Over 100,000 aspiring college students served to date
  • Over 700 sites and 9,000 volunteers annually
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CGS States

Current States

Preliminary Planning States

Alaska

Washington

Montana

North

Dakota

Maine

Minnesota

Oregon

Wisconsin

South

Dakota

Massachusetts

Wyoming

New York

Michigan

Rhode Island

Connecticut

Iowa

Ohio

New Jersey

District of Columbia

Illinois

Delaware

Indiana

Colorado

Maryland

Kansas

Missouri

Kentucky

West Virginia

Arkansas

Tennessee

New

Mexico

Arizona

So.

Carolina

Mississippi

Georgia

Texas

Florida

Louisiana

Hawaii

program support
Program Support
  • Technical Support
    • National College Goal Sunday Web site

www.CollegeGoalSundayUSA.org

    • Centralized resources
    • Templates of letters, press releases, etc.
    • Financial aid presentation for sites
  • Webinar Trainings – FAFSA, Homeless, Site Coordinator
  • Listserv
  • National Forum
  • E Newsletter
college goal sunday web site
College Goal Sunday Web site

www.CollegeGoalSundayUSA.org

  • Grant Submission and Report Forms
    • Planning, Implementation, Continuation and Extended
  • College Access Marketing Toolkit
  • Fundraising Toolkit
  • Marketplace
  • FAFSA Line-by-Line
    • Seven languages
  • Newsletters
  • Best Practices Toolkit
  • State Profiles
  • Next Steps

Coming Soon

what is a cgs event
What is a CGS Event?
  • Students and their families attend a CGS site for assistance with the FAFSA
  • Line-by-line moderated review of the FAFSA
  • Financial Aid experts circulating

the room

key points to remember
Key Points to Remember
  • College Goal Sunday is a volunteer-run program
  • The stronger the collaborations, the greater the success
  • Evaluate and measure
the players
The Players
  • Statewide Coordinator
  • Task Force/Steering Committee
  • Mission-related partners
  • Funders and volunteers
  • Public Relations and Grassroots Outreach
  • Supporting agency
statewide coordinator
Statewide Coordinator

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all aspects of the program
  • Chairs task force/steering committee
  • Works w/ local sites on deployment of resources and ensuring necessary training/tools for event success

Essential Skills & Knowledge:

  • Highly organized & motivated
  • Able to delegate tasks and manage volunteers
  • Builds & maintains valued partnerships/support systems
  • Understands the postsecondary system in the state
statewide site coordinator
Statewide Site Coordinator

Main Program Tasks

  • Recruit and train site coordinators
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers
  • Serve as an alternate lead contact as needed
  • Coordinate site visits and volunteer training
  • Oversee state-wide media plan
  • Monitor event success w/ target audience
  • Identify and secure expansion sites as needed
local site coordinator responsibilities
Local Site Coordinator Responsibilities
  • Site selection
      • Arrange parking, translation services, computer/internet access, transportation and any child care
  • Select Date
  • Secure equipment, tables and chairs
  • Set-up presentation
  • Organize scholarship drawing
  • Develop Packets
  • Identify site volunteers
  • Secure Financial Aid Experts
  • Forward surveys to the state coordinator
site volunteer opportunities
Site Volunteer Opportunities
  • Outreach
  • Financial Aid
  • Sponsorship Development
  • Fundraising
  • Surveys/Evaluations
  • PR and Marketing
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Logistics
  • Creativity to foster program expansion
on site event volunteers
On-site Event Volunteers
  • Financial Aid
  • Registration
  • Set up/Clean up
  • Traffic control/signs
  • Manage uninvited guests
  • Answer of non-financial aid questions
  • Child care
  • Collect surveys/evaluations
site coordination timeline
Site Coordination Timeline
  • September
    • Host kick-off taskforce meeting
    • Recruit volunteers + Financial Aid Experts
    • Develop media plan
    • Outreach begins- Promote event(s)
  • October
    • Fundraising
      • Raffle prizes & Sports team mascots
      • Family activities
    • Attend college fairs
  • November
    • Provide training opportunities
    • Work on local official buy-in and support
  • December
    • Order FAFSA for the web worksheets if needed
    • Stuff packets
  • January
    • Execute media plans
    • Conduct volunteer orientation, including weather contingency plan
  • February
    • Have a great event(s)!
    • Send in survey forms
resources
Resources
  • National
    • www.collegegoalsundayusa.org
    • www.collegeaccessmarketing.org
    • www.nahecy.org
    • www.ymca.net
    • www.coenet.us
    • www.collegeaccess.org
    • www.efc.org
    • www.finaid.gov
    • www.collegeboard.com
    • www.nefe.org
    • www.tax-coalition.org
    • To locate the nearest VITA site, call  1-800-829-1040.
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Questions&AnswersDavid Roberts: DRoberts@osfa.la.govLora Jorgensen: lora.jorgensen@alaska.govJames Rose: jrose@reach4success.org