KEY PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS
Our program provides direct services and support to individual students, while also connecting essential programs and services to the whole school. Since Fall 2009, of the 868 individual students whom our professionals have provided targeted, case-managed support, 98% of the high-school seniors have graduated, and 96% of the non-seniors were promoted to the next grade on time. Here’s how we help students achieve.
INTEGRATED STUDENT SUPPORTS
When a student has low school attendance, poor grades or poor behavior, there is rarely one thing driving the student’s challenges. And so, there is rarely one thing to address the changes. The thing is, there is something called Integrated Students Supports, an approach to surround students with a community of support, and an array of resources, to empower them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Our Integrated Student Supports program is led by a team of Student Supports Managers, who work from within a school to provide intensive support and to connect myriad services to students at risk of failure or drop out. Each Student Supports Manager manages a caseload of 40 or more students who benefit from special programs they coordinate – such as art therapy and girl empowerment groups – while also connecting the school’s entire student body to other programs and services in the arts, health and wellness, mental health, and college and career preparation. Each year, the Student Supports Managers honors students who have overcome school or personal challenges, and remained on track to graduate, with a CIS of Chicago Tenacity Award.
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
Inspire U is our mentoring program for students in grades six through eight. We launched the program in the 2014-2015 school year, in partnership with Capital One, whose employees were paired with elementary school students as mentors and mentees. Students visit the Capital One offices regularly to meet with mentors and explore their personal strengths and career interests, and to develop plans to stay on the path to college. In the 2015-2016 school year, we expanded mentorship to more students thanks to the involvement of professionals from Urban Partnership Bank, a financial institution located on Chicago’s south side.
Since Fall 2009, of the 500 individual students whom our professionals have provided targeted, case-managed support, 96% of the high-school seniors have graduated, and 95% of the non-seniors were promoted to the next grade one time.