P-2780

Everyday Leadership

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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Boise

Total Budget: $19,035

Areas of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: The project will enable 75 at-risk students at Garfield, Grace Jordan, and Koelsch Elementary Schools in Boise, Idaho to participate in the year-long Everyday Leadership Program.


The project is a cooperative effort involving the Rotary Clubs of Boise Metro and Boise Sunrise in bringing the Everyday Leadership Program to 75 at-risk youth attending Garfield, Grace Jordan, and Koelsch Elementary Schools in Boise Idaho. Most of the students attending these Title I schools come from low-income families and are considered to be at risk of dropping out and not obtaining post-high school training. Research has found that children from low-income households develop academic skills slower than those from higher income families (Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier, and Maczuga, 2009, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 401-413). This discrepancy results in the highest dropout rates occurring among students from low-income families (11.6%) as compared to high income families (2.8%) (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2014).

If these students fail to graduate from high school 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 being experienced in our communities. 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). A Northeastern University study found that high school dropouts comprise over 80% of incarcerated populations.

In Idaho, our 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, only 42% of Idaho's workforce (ages 25 to 34) has obtained post-high school certificates or degrees (Idaho Statesman, April 9, 2017).

Everyday Leadership is a collaborative effort to provide low-income 5th and 6th grade youth with the skills and confidence they need to graduate and attain post-high school educations. The program 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).

Everyday Leadership collaborators are (1) participating schools, (2) Treasure Valley YMCA, (3) the Boise School District, (4) parents and (5) the Rotary Clubs of Boise Metro and Boise Sunrise. Approximately 15 Rotarians would serve as school liaisons, discussion leaders, and camp facilitators and cabin monitors.

Everyday Leadership is a school yearlong program consisting of:

(1)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;

(2)two community service projects; and

(3) a three-day leadership camp.

The program has proven to be highly effective. In the 2016/17 school year, grades improved for 64% of the students and the average GPA increased to 3.47. Most importantly the number of students with GPAs less than 2.5 dropped to zero. The number of participants involved in behavioral issues dropped from 20 to 13, and only 5 students were involved in more than two episodes.

In the 2017/18 school year, 87% of the students improved their grades or had a GPA >3.5. The number of students with GPAs <2.5 dropped to zero. Behavioral incidences declined by 65%.

Observations from school principal, parents, and instructors noted positive changes in participants' personal behaviors. They were found to be positively influencing the behaviors of other students and their siblings.

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Boise Sunrise

Primary Contact: Robert P Rainville

Email: rrainville1015@gmail.com

Project Status

Signed
This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Boise Sunrise (5400)

16-May-19

$4,759

$4,759

$9,518

Boise Metro (5400)

16-May-19

$4,759

$4,758

$9,517

Total

$9,518

$9,517

$19,035

DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Project Supporting Documents

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History Log Entries

16-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Creation of project page.

16-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Pledge of $4,758 by Jeff Dinwiddie of the Rotary Club of Boise Metro, District 5400.

18-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

18-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

20-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

The email first listed for Steve Gage was incorrect. As a result he did not receive the signature authorization email.

I corrected the email address. Steve has signed. But the program is still waiting for authorization from the Steve Gage with the wrong email address.

How can I delete the Steve Gage with the wrong email address from the authorization page? I have deleted it from the distribution list.

Thank you!

20-May-19

by Ines Crespo

While on the Description tab, click the Administration button on the top right. That will bring up the signatures page. Click the red X next to the Steve Gage with the incorrect email address.

20-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

I have been unsuccessful in removing Steve Gage with the incorrect email address when going to the Description Page in the Administration Area. When I click on Steve Gage with the incorrect address, a red x to remove his name does not appear. Do you have any other suggestions.

20-May-19

by Ines Crespo

I deleted the one with the incorrect email address on my end. Let me know if I can help out with anything else.

20-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

20-May-19

by Robert P Rainville

System Entry: Project signed by Robert P Rainville.

20-May-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Allison Dunn.

20-May-19

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Steve Gage.

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