Reducing Chronic Absenteeism through Neighborhood Engagement

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Reducing Chronic Absenteeism through Neighborhood Engagement

  1. 1. Monica testimonial (2m35s)
  2. 2. What are the barriers to academic success?
  3. 3. What are the causes of absenteeism?
  4. 4. PEOPLE ARE THE HEART OF HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. People. People Places LINCages
  5. 5. Economic Development  Business incubation  Cowork space  Job creation/ retention  Access to capital  Commercial space  Trainings  Commercial and residential property rehabilitation  Quality homes for sale or rent  Affordable housing development  Construction training Real Estate Development  Workforce development Financial education and coaching Public benefits access Homebuyer education Foreclosure prevention Neighborhood Services  Community engagement  Leadership development  Capacity building  Neighborhood news bureau  Civic engagement  Educational engagement Resident Services C o n n e c t i n g p e o p l e t o o p p o r t u n i t y
  6. 6. The holistic approach. Community engagement Economic development Asset building Personal coaching Affordable housing Education Leadership development Place making activities Health & Wellness
  7. 7. Baby Scholars Strategic alignment of vacant GRPS buildings for use as Early Childhood Centers Parent Capacity and Asset Building. Children Savings Accounts. Community and Parental Engagement. Increasing literacy through partnership with United Way Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative LINC Opportunity Center CFED Amway Foundation United Way Believe 2 Become Increasing entrepreneurial development through partnership with Amway Foundation Connecting for collective impact.
  8. 8. … and it works for Academic Achievement too Community engagement Economic development Asset building Personal coaching Affordable housing Education Leadership development Place making activities Health & Wellness Academic Achievement
  9. 9. Absenteeism is not the result of one factor but many
  10. 10. LINCing Best Practices to combat absenteeism Academic Achievement
  11. 11. Example of how it works LINC Neighborhood Engagement GRPS ELNC DHS
  12. 12. Place. Illiteracy unstable housing poor transport lack of safe paths to school blight economically depressed neighborhoods “When a large percentage of children are affected by chronic early absence, it is likely indicative of systemic issues related to schools or communities.” - Chang, “Present, Engaged, and Accounted For” Hedy Chang, “Reducing the Gap in Achievement & Graduation: Start With Monitoring Chronic Absence” 9/12 Barriers
  13. 13. LINCing PLACE. • Development of quality housing (mixed use, affordable housing, quality rental) • Creation of safe paths to school (corridor development, street beautification) • Blight elimination (grants to eliminate blight, commercial development, neighborhood enhancements like parks) • Holistic community revitalization (place-based strategy)
  14. 14. People. Illiteracy unstable housing lack of programming lack of safe paths to school chaotic schools poverty Hedy Chang, “Reducing the Gap in Achievement & Graduation: Start With Monitoring Chronic Absence” 9/12 Barriers “Improving student attendance at school requires a holistic approach that addresses school and classroom factors, as well as factors outside of school.” —Sheldon & Epstein, “Getting students to school”
  15. 15. LINCing PEOPLE. • Parent engagement = increased involvement (B2B, parent groups, leadership training through L.A.S.T., LOC coaching) • Increase programming for students (parent engagement, recruiting to programs like Baby Scholars, action groups) • Create safe environments & paths to school (Stop the Violence, community engagement, partnerships, WATCH Dogs & parent volunteers) • Lift families out of poverty (personal coaching through the LOC) • Address housing issues (foreclosure counseling, quality affordable housing & rental development)
  16. 16. Stop the Violence pledge (30s)
  17. 17. Partnerships. Illiteracy “Results indicate that school, family, and community partnership practices can significantly decrease chronic absenteeism, even after school level and prior rates of absenteeism are taken into account.” —Sheldon, Epstein, “Getting students to school” isolation lack of authentic engagement lack of investment (time, $) in the community poverty other systemic issues Barriers
  18. 18. Social change is transformational, not transactional. • Connect communities to opportunity & resources • Lift the community voice through authentic engagement • Use a holistic approach • Measure and track results over time • Maximize partnerships LINCages.
  19. 19. Real impact. More than 200 parent involved in schools Average 48.1% saturation rate in each zone Hope Zone schools and students participating in attendance challenge Measurable increase in monthly perfect attendance
  20. 20. LOCAL. STATE. NATIONAL. Many local organizations…
  21. 21. LOCAL. STATE. NATIONAL. Connecting for Collective Impact Revitalization Financial Counseling Accessto Public Benefits CommunityBuilding CapacityBuilding Community Organizing LeadershipDevelopment Business Incubation Career Training S.E.C.A .
  22. 22. Azizi video (TBD)

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