Strategy 2.2: Provide quality and engaging out-of-school opportunities for elementary students that reinforce and enhance academic & social/emotional learning

TARGET MEASURE: Percent of students not failing any academic courses

95.5%FY 2019

Story Behind the Curve
This trend is improving with the target being 50.4% by 2020. This performance measure is tracking students who are not failing any of their academic courses. That means getting a "C" or better in all grades. A "D" or "F" in any course would mean failing. When we first started tracking this performance measure we only had a few programs tracking this measure, now we are asking that all of our after-school programs also track this measure so this measure could see some decrease this year. But we are hoping with the inclusion on the literacy coaches providing technical assistance to the after school programs that we won't see a drop.
Literacy coaches to provide technical assistance in literacy activities to all after-school programs including some after-school programs that UWCI does not fund. All of the after-school programs that UWCI does fund and Des Moines Public Schools since this is the largest school district in the 3 county area of Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties.
What Works
Consistent, quality after-school programs that have a literacy component has shown to be a best practice. Research states that quality after-school programs where the children are attending consistently helps the student improve on school attendance and grades. UWCI asks that all after-school programs track several things: quality of the program and staff working in the program, attendance in the program-we want to see that a student is attending at least 60% of the time, attendance in school and academic grades.
Action Plan
School’s out and summer is in full swing. But for some central Iowa kids, summer is anything but a carefree time of swimming and summer camp. For most of the year, school is the safe place with healthy meals. Summer can mean no supervision, no learning – and little to eat. According to the National Summer Learning Association, youth backslide academically by 2 months during the summer. Summer learning loss is more severe among youth in lower-income neighborhoods. The lack of quality summer programs can eventually mean the difference between dropping out of school and graduation. United Way and 25 partner schools and nonprofits have launched five new programs - Summer in the City- for children and their families. These are made possible due to the record-setting success of the 2012 United Way campaign. In each of the five programs, parents will have the opportunity for English language instruction, high school completion programs, job skill coaching and a financial literacy boot camp. The five Summer in the City programs are: Summer Learning for Elementary Students This 6-week program is offered in high-need neighborhoods to children who have finished grades K-5 and are below proficiency in reading or math. The programs will take place at King Elementary in Des Moines Public Schools, Crestview Elementary in West Des Moines Schools and at Perry Elementary and Perry Middle School in Perry, Iowa. Academic programming will focus on: ·Reinforcement of literacy lessons introduced during regular school times. ·Enrichment activities which are designed to build vocabulary and general knowledge. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Parents will drop off and pick up students at the same times as the regular school schedule or students will be bused to some locations. To support health efforts, access to healthy food and physical activity will be explored. At King, YMCA will engage them in offering healthy snacks and physical activity “breaks” for the kids. In addition, we will partner to develop short physical “bursts” that students can engage in throughout the day to get them up and moving. United Way will also provide healthy snack backpacks to send home with the students for the weekend to share with the family. Partners: Des Moines Public Schools 21st Century Grant, Prairie Meadows, Grubb Y, Y Reader’s Program, After School Arts program (ASAP), Community Youth Concepts, Evelyn K. Davis Center, DMACC, Financial Capability Network, Central Iowa Works, Project Iowa Numbers Served: 200 children, 300 adults MLK Park Youth This program, held at Martin Luther King Park in Des Moines, helps younger children with academics, physical activity, crafts and other enrichment activities to keep youth engaged while building social and academic skills. Included in the programming will be lunch as a summer meal site sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Several local churches in the area helped recruit families. Partners: Child and Family Policy Center, United Way Literacy Coaches, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, DMACC, Financial Capability Network, Central Iowa Works, Project Iowa, HOME Inc., and Des Moines Area Religious Council. Numbers Served: 30 children, 45 adults Middle School Summer Program For youth entering sixth through eighth grades, thissummer learning opportunity is offered for approximately 100 students at each of the 10 Des Moines middle schools. The program will run from 9-5 each day, five days per week for six weeks, focusing on academic enrichment as well as science, technology and math (STEM) and experiential learning. Partners: Des Moines Public Schools 21st Century Learning Grant, Community Youth Concepts, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, DMACC, Financial Capability Network, Central Iowa Works, Project Iowa, HOME Inc., Des Moines Area Religious Council and the Greater Des Moines YMCA Numbers Served: 1,000 youth, 500 adults Refugee Summer Enrichment Program The summer is great time to help refugee children and their parents improve their English language skills. During summer, focus can be on individual student needs: helping students catch up, and preparing them for the following school year. In addition to work with English language skills, cultural, academic and social skill needs can be addressed for children and parents. Connecting to prior learning and using real-life experiences are crucial for helping English language learners to progress, and the summer provides time for creative, innovative, and effective programming outside the confines of the school schedule and environment. The program has designed activities involving children and their parents reading together, using technology, and experiencing American culture. In addition, food access, nutrition, and physical activity will be stressed. The summer academy will serve families at Carver and Windsor elementary schools, and Meredith and Weeks middle schools. The students attend Tuesday through Saturday. United Way provides daily nutritious lunches and transportation. Partners: Des Moines Public Schools, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, DMACC, Financial Capability Network, Central Iowa Works, Project Iowa, HOME Inc., Des Moines Area Religious Council, Greater Des Moines YMCA ,DART, Des Moines Police, Visiting Nurse Services, EMBARC, and Lutheran Services in Iowa. Numbers Served: 600 children, 180 adults Summer Youth Experience Program (SYEP) The Summer Youth Experience Program (SYEP) is designed to prepare youth ages 14 – 21 from low-income households with the skill development needed for participants to experience long-term success as employees. It also provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the real world in order to build confidence, excel and add value to a company’s current operation. 85 youth will have the opportunity to become part of the workforce and earn a competitive wage. Following acceptance into the SYEP program, participants will complete a two week leadership orientation, with the opportunity to be placed in the work experience program at an average stipend of $8.00 per hour. Prior to being placed with an employer, all participants will complete 30 hours of pre-employment services and will take the National Career Readiness Test to earn a certificate. All students will also be given the opportunity to complete an online job search and identify jobs in which they are interested. Participants will receive exposure to college campuses by visiting four different colleges: DMACC, ISU, Grand View University and Simpson College to learn the differences between two and four year schools. Additional character-building opportunities will include involvement in community service, role playing with real life scenarios on prioritizing, budgeting and managing their situation using the Life Store workshop from Iowa College Association Network, and participating in a graduation ceremony. Funding to support this program will include funds from the Principal Charity Golf Classic. Partners: Principal Charity Classic, Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, Oakridge Neighborhood, DMACC, Financial Capability Network, Central Iowa Works, Project Iowa, Iowa State University, Grand View University, Drake University and Simpson College. Numbers Served: 85 youth and 100 adults
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