EDUCATION RECONNECTION. Colin Andrews, Case Manager Youth Opportunities Unlimited 422 East South Street Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 Phone: 269-488-0994 Email:[email protected]. Norma Sullivan-Thornton, Navigator Coordinator Big Brothers Big Sisters 3501 Covington Rd - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
♦ Education ReConnection is based on the beliefs that everyone can learn, that everyone is born with a desire to learn that can be nurtured, that a high school education is within the reach of virtually all and is the basis for life-long learning that will ensure that people have the skills required for employment and for citizenship.”
♦ An initiative designed to positively impact
the high school graduation rate of Kalamazoo area youths and expose them to education opportunities beyond high school, so that all of Kalamazoo's youths will have the skills and education needed to lead successful lives.
♦ A pilot program seeking with the assistance of local Kalamazoo County Schools, to identify twenty-five fully disengaged or “At Risk students to reconnect with education.
Goals and Outcomes
Educationally Disconnected YouthAge 16-19years
• Assist area agencies and organizations in identifying relevant data and using factual information about youth achievement and programs to develop effective interventions.
• Identify and/or establish school and community-based programs that help disengaged youths successfully reconnect to educational opportunities that enable them to finish high school.
• Identify institutional and organizational policies and practices that impede or improve educational outcomes, and develop appropriate recommendations.
• Identify why youth drop out of high school and improving the solutions to reconnect these youth to education by involving local businesses, build bonds of trust between families, communities and schools as well as provide information on job training and support services.
Outcomes• Mobilize community support for policies,
practices and programs that improve educational results for Kalamazoo County.
• Use alternative learning and other education options by involving local businesses, building bonds of trust between families, communities and schools as well as provide information on job training and support services.
For decades educators in all communities have labored to help kids remain connected to school and education
to no avail, thus community-wide problems need community-wide solutions.
Through the collaborative efforts of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) and Big Brothers
Big Sisters (BBBS), fully disconnected students as well as potential drop-outs or at-risk students will be
provided opportunities to re-engage in the educational process.