LA's BEST VISTA Alumni and Communications Fellow

Employment type
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

About LA’s BEST
The mission of LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) After School Enrichment Program is to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for children ages 5 to 12 in Los Angeles. Mayor Tom Bradley created LA’s BEST in 1988 in response to challenges arising from increasing numbers of unsupervised children throughout the City during out-of-school-time – especially within under-resourced Los Angeles neighborhoods that are disproportionately impacted by high rates of poverty and crime. LA’s BEST has grown from operating at 10 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elementary school sites to 200, and currently serves 25,000 children each day during the after school hours, and 7,000 in the LA’s BEST Summer Program.

About the Role
LA’s BEST aims to implement a quality improvement initiative through the proposed AmeriCorps VISTA project to increase our capacity to sustain, enhance, improve, and expand program content, delivery, assessment, and staff training to help move the communities we serve out of poverty. The VISTA Alumni Fellow will work with the LA’s BEST development team to create and execute a plan to gather contact information from LA’s BEST alumni, and engage alumni in current organizational activities. VISTAs will organize alumni focus groups to document feedback about alumni's experiences in LA's BEST for quality improvement purposes; addressing the needs of the service demographic and help to move participants out of poverty. VISTAs will visit LA's BEST sites and interview various program stakeholders, including students, staff, parents, teachers, and alumni documenting the impact of LA's BEST on their lives and within their communities. Resulting anecdotal material will help the organization's development team better convey the power of LA's BEST to both internal and external audiences.

Member Duties:
Organize a network of LA’s BEST alumni actively engaged in resource and partnership cultivation on behalf of LA’s BEST.

  • Examine the impact of high-quality education, enrichment, and recreation programming delivered during out-of-school-time on the development of academic and social-emotional skills, as well as confidence among children served by LA's BEST.
  • Visit multiple LA’s BEST sites to obtain an understanding of the program.
  • Create and implement a web-based alumni survey to gather alumni contact information.
  • Organize alumni focus groups to document alumni's experiences in LA's BEST.
  • Engage alumni in quality improvement activities.
  • Aggregate data and present findings in a presentation format which will be used for further study of the alumni population.


Collect and archive stories from organization stakeholders about the impact of LA’s BEST on children, families and communities in order to leverage resources to support the delivery of the LA’s BEST Program.

  • Gather and document stories about alumni’s personal experiences in LA’s BEST.
  • Address feedback on how to better serve the needs of the service demographic and help move participants out of poverty.
  • Visit LA's BEST sites and interview various program stakeholders, including students, staff, parents, teachers, and other alumni to document the impact of LA's BEST on their lives and within their communities.
  • Create and document a library of stories to use for communications and development collateral.


Engage alumni in the organization’s development activities and create a sustainable network which values a culture of philanthropy.

  • Create social media networks where alumni connect with each other and to the larger LA’s BEST community.
  • Understand and map alumni connections, partnerships and resources.
  • Use results from surveys and feedback from focus groups to plan strategic initiatives that keep alumni engaged in relevant networking activities and events.
  • Encourage and assist alumni to directly engage their fellow alumni in volunteerism, philanthropy and partnership cultivation activities.
  • Research and develop potential streams of resources and financial support from the alumni network.
  • Research ways to create a sustainable culture of philanthropy from this demographic.
  • Develop and maintain a directory of potential sources of cash and in-kind support for LA’s BEST from alumni relationships.
  • Pursue potential resource opportunities as appropriate.


Program Benefits: Training, Health coverage*, Relocation allowance, Choice of education award or end of service stipend, Living allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit*

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Car recommended.

Desired Skills: Fundraising/Grant Writing, Communications, Team Work, Public Speaking, Writing/Editing, Leadership, Education, Youth Development.

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