At Clinton Avenue School, parents are partnering with the school to teach kids about math, science and reading. At a series of "Parents in the Classroom" events organized by the Boost! team, parents have been volunteering on a monthly basis in their children's classrooms during the school day.
United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) is looking to hire four AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers starting in July 2011 to work with us on our Boost! wraparound services partnership with the New Haven Public Schools and the City of New Haven. VISTA members assigned to UWGNH will complement ongoing Boost!
Higher Heights, a youth development program that provides college planning services to students and their families, recently developed a mentoring program for young men in the community called “HIGHER MEN”. Through a Boost!
Students and their families at Troup School had a chance to have fun while also learning how to stay fit and healthy at the school’s Family Fit Night on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The event featured a chance to participate in a Zumba class, try out the newest Wii fit games, and many other fun activities that families can do together to be healthy and exercise. Students and families were also treated to solo performances by Troup band students.
I am frequently asked by my friends and family as well as people I meet to explain the work of United Way. I often respond that a key component of United Way's work is our community partnerships-- we know we can't improve communities on our own. It is only by working together that we change the conditions that help people achieve financial stability, success in school and better health.
Troup School wanted to make sure that parents and children are well prepared for the upcoming Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs), so the school’s Boost! work team, led by Coordinator, Abby Ostruzka, hosted a fun and informative CMT Bingo Night on Wednesday, February 16th. The family atmosphere proved to be a fun way to help familiarize parents with the different sections of the CMTs, how they are scored, the types of questions their children will see, and strategies for success.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Ann of Metropolitan Business Academy, Michelle (UW's Boost! Program Manager), and Kim Bohen (UW's Director of Educational Initiatives), and I must say that I walked away EMPOWERED!
Higher Heights YEP, Inc. is a local college access program and our area of expertise of college preparation for families. This year we are expanding our services to include mentoring for young women and men through our HIGHER Men and HIGHER Women Programs.
What is the purpose of this RFI?
This Request for Information (RFI) has two goals: 1) to respond to specific needs identified by the Boost! pilot schools by connecting them to available community resources and services, and 2) to gain a greater understanding of our community's capacity to provide quality wraparound services to children in New Haven public schools.
In this podcast Jennifer speaks about the Boost! partnership and how parents/community members can get involved. United Way of Greater New Haven, New Haven Public Schools and The City of New Haven created Boost! to ensure that every young person has the support and services he or she needs to succeed.