LA’s BEST VISTA Training and Content Development 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 LA’s BEST VISTA Training and Content Development Fellow will build resources and mechanisms to revamp and increase utilization and effectiveness of the organization’s Learning Management System (LMS)—an online tool for program staff training and development. The VISTA will review and revise curriculum and youth development resources. The VISTA will develop intake criteria and guiding questions to determine content that will ultimately become available to LA's BEST field staff via the LMS. The VISTA will also assist the LA's BEST Director of Staff Development to create additional resources, such as an interactive "What's New" page on the LMS.

Member Duties
Build upon existing efforts to collaborate with LA’s BEST field staff in order to accumulate information that will assist in recognizing opportunities for staff development.

  • 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.
  • Train with operations staff on some of the key components of the staff development program and LMS.
  • Attend the NSO Training and visit multiple LA’s BEST sites to obtain an understanding of the program and engage with the staff.
  • Consult findings from prior VISTA’s LMS survey and focus groups.
  • Continue implementation of VISTA project (i.e. the PW S.H.A.R.E. PAGE), which gives


Program Workers throughout LA’s BEST the opportunity to engage with one another by asking and answering questions related to their day-to-day engagements with students via a filtered online system.

  • Develop and implement techniques for measuring staff engagement with the project (e.g. surveys), as well as effectiveness of the content with regard to any changes in their daily strategies.
  • Based on findings, generate ideas for improved question/response intake and add/revise elements as needed.


Develop a thorough workbook consisting of ideas and outlines for new LMS content generated by leading a team through brainstorming and workgroup sessions.

  • Create program objectives. Meet with the Staff Development team to discuss the mission and objectives for the LMS. Brainstorm objectives and focus with the SD team.
  • Create learning outcomes. Based on the objectives of proposed LMS content, and in collaboration with the SD team, define the knowledge/skills that should be mastered by completion of particular modules.
  • Outline standards for training modules. With the support of the SD team and referencing the above objectives and learning outcomes, develop an outline for potential training modules to be made accessible to field staff via the LMS. Insert identifiers such as Core Competencies, Quality Standards, etc.
  • Identify tools to assess staff proficiency. Explore various elements that would serve as assessment tools for module participants (e.g. post-tests, surveys, etc.).
  • Plan assessment review. Design a method for reviewing assessment data.
  • Pilot learning module. Using the objectives and learning outcomes, and in collaboration with the SD team, develop and launch one training on the LMS. Create and implement a strategy to ensure effective outreach to program staff.
  • Collect and store data. Collect and code data that assesses staff learning outcomes.
  • Make improvements to the training. Based on staff feedback and assessed proficiency of material, identify areas within the training that would benefit from appropriate adjustments. With the SD team, revise elements as necessary.
  • Document findings. Prepare and submit a report that details any action(s) taken based on findings and develop strategies to improve the training and learning outcomes with the Staff Development team.
  • Create additional learning series. Develop additional trainings using the lessons learned and staff training needs.


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: Computers/Technology, Education, Team Work, Research, Writing/Editing,
Communications, Youth Development.

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