Mission: To coordinate dropout prevention and human services and to deliver them to at risk youth in jacksonville, fl, and to their families through the supportive environment of the public schools or alternate education sites.
Programs: After school programs: the after school division consists of twenty team up school-based sites and a community-based site. Each quality, free afterschool program site provides a safe environment where students are encouraged and motivated to succeed in both their academic and enrichment activities. The program takes place in 21 duval county public schools and serves kindergarten through eighth grade students, monday through friday for three hours each day. The program focuses on six core areas- academic enrichment, sports and recreation, life skills, cultural enrichment, parental involvement, and community service. Students start the program with a snack, finish with a hot evening meal, and participate in 75 minutes of academic instruction with a certified teacher. Students also participate in activities such as cheerleading, dance, arts and crafts, and sports. Ninety-six percent of students were promoted in the 2014-15 school year, and 98% of students had less than 21 days absent.
case management (student enrichment) programs: the student enrichment program (sep) embeds site coordinators on 10 duval county public school campuses with the goal of providing critical services to students who are at-risk of falling behind or dropping out of school. While site coordinators work individually with select students from the student body, hundreds of other students receive whole school services like career fairs and parent engagement events. Developed by duval county public schools, the bridge to success program (bts) provides 12 site coordinators who work with students currently over-age for their grade level. Site coordinators address all barriers to graduation and provide individuals the support to help them graduate on time and ready to fulfill their college and career goals.
mentoring programs: realife is a high school mentoring program funded by a grant from the office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. The students in this program are at risk of dropping out or entering the juvenile justice system for the first or second time and are already connected to communities in schools. Realife's mission is to provide communities in schools students with the tools they need to set goals, dream bigger, and enhance their employability through mentoring relationships. Achievers for life is a united way program that provides sixth-grade, at- risk students with a mentor and integrated safety-net services for the family and the student. The integrated safety-net works in three parts: students can be selected to participate in achievers for life if they are a rising or current 6th graders exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement including low gpa and fcat scores, being overage for grade level and excessive absences. Students receive academic support from cis school-based achievement advocates who track student grades, attendance and behavior. Ninety-eight percent of students were promoted to the next grade level in the 2014-2015 school year. Parents and families receive support from a family advocate provided by jewish family & community services. Family advocates work to strengthen families by identifying and meeting the needs of the family. Family advocates and achievement advocates work together closely to provide seamless services to students, parents and families. Mentors are matched with students by big brothers, big sisters of northeast florida to build skills on their paths to success. Mentors are volunteers from the jacksonville community, who meet with students for one hour each week during the school year.
other program services: literacy programs: americorps duval reads, a communities in schools literacy program, has been working in duval county schools since 1999 and has helped more than 7,000 students achieve their reading goals. In the 2014-15 school year, 38 members worked in 22 different schools and helped more than 500 students increase their reading capabilities. Eight-nine percent of students increased their overall reading level and 92% were promoted to the next grade level. Duval reads is a literacy tutoring program that provides intensive one-on-one and small group tutoring to students in kindergarten through ninth grade.
I mentored a sixth grade student last school year and had a great experience. The match meeting went well. We went on a school tour, I received a packet of information on my stuent and useful activites. The staff memeber I worked with, Yolanda, works at the school so I could always contact her when I had questions or even concerns. She had several resources located in her office and welcomed us meeting there. I was also able to tell Yolanda when I was coming to meet my mentee so she could ensure my mentee was in school that day. The student no longer attends that school so I've decided to start mentoring a new student in January.