This grant would be used to implement Everyday Leadership at three Title I, low-income schools (Garfield, Whitney, and Koelsch Elementary Schools) within the Boise School District. Approximately 75 students would benefit.
The goal of the program is to increase the odds that that low income youth will succeed scholastically and professionally by equipping them with life skills (leadership, teamwork, communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, and decision making) and building their self-confidence.
This is a collaborative effort uniting (1) the schools'teachers and principals, (2) Treasure Valley YMCA instructors, (3) Boise School District Directors, (4) BIGS from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of SW Idaho, and (5) Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Boise Metro and Boise Sunrise.
Rotarians play a central role in organizing and facilitating the project. In addition, about 20 Rotarians would meet with the students to lead discussions, serve as cabin monitors and assist in leadership exercises at the camp, and provide logistical and transportation assistance throughout the school year.
Historically, the program has been very successful. Grades have increased; behavioral problems have decreased; and many of the participants have gone on to accelerated learning programs in junior high school.