Support networks extend reach of school programs
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
“By having a coordinator, we have been able to form and foster partnerships that would have been otherwise impossible. Our coordinator has been instrumental in engaging and using our community partners to help our students who are struggling academically and socially by recruiting tutors and those who wish to help with socialized recess.”
Tangela M. McClam, Principal, Cassidy Academics Plus School
College and career guidance, tutoring, organized athletics—these are just a few of the programs once funded by public schools that nonprofit organizations now provide. Even though nonprofits aspire to fill the gaps, school staff is often too overburdened to coordinate program delivery, resulting in missed opportunities for children. Grants to the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia support coordinators who help nonprofit organizations to work with schools. This coordinating role, provided by grantees’ staff or AmeriCorps VISTA members, connects students with programs matched to their needs and interests.
School becomes a more exciting and interesting place when students can experience a broader variety of offerings. Better outreach to students and teachers energizes the school climate and can help improve attendance, behavior, and classroom engagement. By identifying and supplying the essential elements needed to forge successful partnerships between schools and nonprofit organizations, coordinators help more students and schools to benefit from expanded programming, resulting in greater academic and life success.