Monday, October 14, 2013

The 5 organization values that drive Rec & Ed's work

Why is our youth sports program focused on fun and skill development versus win/loss records? Why do we offer scholarships for all of our programs? 

Over the summer, Rec & Ed staff identified five core values that we strive to live and breathe into our work every day. These values are the foundation for our mission and goals. We also use them as a "check" when making program decisions, planning professional development, communication and much more. 

1. Promote well-being

Nurture the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of youth and adults in our community.

2. Build community

Bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to share enrichment and recreational pursuits.

3. Be inclusive

Welcome people of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, cultures, income levels, gender, age, and abilities to our program. Outreach to underserved populations in our community.

4. Meet AAPS and community needs

Provide high quality resources and services to meet AAPS and community needs. Use tools such as needs assessments, focus groups, and customer satisfaction surveys.

5. Ensure Rec&Ed's continued ability to provide services to the community

Build Rec & Ed's organizational and financial sustainability so we can continue to provide high quality, affordable programs for many years to come.

I'd love to hear from Rec & Ed participants. Do these values match your perception of how Rec & Ed works in the district and community? Have you experienced examples of these values in your participation with Rec & Ed?

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