Who We Are
Since 2016, the Youth Success Coalition has been focusing efforts on how we can further support the youth here in our community outside of the school day to enhance their personal growth, character development and academic achievement. In 2017, youth from local schools and attendees of current youth-based programming joined the discussions and are helping to create strategies to achieve the coalition’s goal, “Children have access to mentors, role models and enrichments outside of the school day in a safe environment which enhances personal growth, character development and academic achievement.” The coalition is, at this time, focusing efforts for youth in 6th-8th grade. Some of the outcomes that the coalition will work to achieve during 2018 include:
- Increase awareness of enrichments available
- Increase awareness of needs for volunteers and mentors
- Increase participation of community at coalition meetings
- Increase awareness of the coalition and its goal throughout the community
- Increase volunteer opportunities for 6th-8th graders
- Increase peer mentoring (peer= older youth, 9th-12th graders)
- Increase access to enrichments which enhance personal growth, character development and academic achievement, specifically 6th-8th graders
We always welcome those from the community with an interest in this topic to join us at the table for this work.
Did You Know...
- Organizations at the table are collaborating and creating opportunities for more youth to participate in after school and summer programming.
- The coalition has created a survey for students in 6th-8th grade to voluntarily participate in to gain better understanding of what enrichments and activities youth of this age participate in and why they may not participate. This data will help the coalition in its focus for some of its work in 2018.
- During the 2017 coalition meetings, 10 youth joined us at the table for these discussions.
- “Students in quality afterschool programs have better academic performance, behavior and school attendance and great expectations for the future,” according to the US Department of Education and Justice, 2000.
- In May 2018, the coalition hosted a Summer Fun Fair where 568 students participated and were given the opportunity to learn more about 10 local organizations which provide summer programming.