P-2094

Training for At-Risk Youth

Description

Financing

Documents

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History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Boise, Idaho

Total Budget: $6,950

Areas of Focus: Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: The project will enable 30 at-risk students at Jefferson Elementary School in Boise, Idaho to participate in the year-long Everyday Leadership Program.


The project will enable 30 at-risk youth attending Jefferson Elementary School to participate in the Everyday Leadership program. All of Jefferson's students come from low-income families. Approximately 30% of their parents do not speak English. Because of these conditions, Jefferson's students are at significant risk of dropping out and not obtaining post-high school training.

If these students fail to graduate or achieve post-high school training, they will likely be unprepared for the workplace and become part of the breeding ground for the social and economic issues facing our communities. A Northeastern University study found that high school dropouts comprise over 80% of incarcerated populations. Because of their low earning potential, they frequently become dependent on public resources, costing taxpayers $292,000 over the course of their lives (May 30, 2014).

Our communities unskilled workforce is a serious problem. Idaho's graduation rate rests at 79.7%, lower than all but ten states (Stebbins and Frohlich, 2018. 24/7 Wall Street). Furthermore, 58% of our workforce (ages 25 to 34) lack post-high school certificates or degrees (Idaho Statesman, April 9, 2017). Our lack of preparation for the future is a problem we cannot ignore.

Everyday Leadership is a collaborative effort formed to provide low-income 5th and 6th grade youth with the skills and confidence they need to graduate and attain post-high school educations. Everyday Leadership targets fifth and sixth grade students because these youth are at a "gateway" where students with low self-esteem and poor academics are nineteen times more likely to dropout of school as their peers (United Way of Treasure Valley, 2011 Assessment). Low-income youth are especially at risk.

Collaborators are (1) the principal and teachers at Jefferson Elementary, (2) the YMCA, (3) the Boise School District, (4) parents and (5) the Rotary Club of Boise Sunrise. Approximately 10 Boise Sunrise Rotarians will serve as school liaisons, speakers, and camp assistants.

Everyday Leadership is a yearlong program consisting of

thirteen biweekly, after-school sessions. Games, discussions, skits, and speakers are used to impart life skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, decision making.

two community service projects, and

a three-day leadership camp.

The program has proven to be highly effective. Principal, parents, and instructors report positive changes in participants' personal behaviors. Some have noticed that they are positively influencing the behaviors of other students. Grades have improved for over 60% of the participants, with all the students achieving GPAs greater than 2.5. Attendance has increased, and the number of participants involved in disciplinary actions has dropped.

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Boise Sunrise

Primary Contact: Robert P Rainville

Email: rrainville1015@gmail.com

Project Status

Paid
This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Boise Sunrise (5400)

23-Apr-18

$3,475

$3,475

$6,950

Total

$3,475

$3,475

$6,950

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries

23-Apr-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Creation of project page.

1-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

2-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

2-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

2-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

10-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

10-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project signed by Robert P Rainville.

10-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Signature Process cancelled by user.

10-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

10-May-18

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project signed by Robert P Rainville.

11-May-18

by Les Jensen

System Entry: Project signed by Les Jensen.

16-Jul-18

by Robert P Rainville

Project-2094, Training for At-Risk Youth, is preparing for implementation during the 2018/19 school year. Increased financial support from the Rotary Clubs of Boise Sunrise, Boise Metro, and other donors will enable expansion of the program to six schools and 150. The YMCA is training more instructors during the summer and the collaborating organizations (Boise YMCA, School Principals, and Rotary Clubs of Boise Sunrise and Bosie Metro will be meeting in July to review and refine the program for the coming year.

16-Jul-18

by Ines Crespo

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

22-Jul-18

by T. J. Adams

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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