Through our Student Achievement focus area, our grant team allocates funds to programs in the following areas:
- early childhood education;
- academic support and parenting programs;
- programs that help improve high school graduation rates.
The following programs received a combined total of $210,000 for this focus area:
Career and Post Secondary (CAPS) Program - Refugee Development Center
CASA for Kids, Inc., Barry & Eaton Counties - CASA for Kids, Inc., Barry & Eaton Counties
Creative Connections - REACH Studio Art Center
Crosswalk Teen Center - Crosswalk Teen Center
Family School Partnership Star Program - Capital Area Literacy Coalition
iMath Tutoring - Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC)
Juvenile Accountability and Restorative Justice Program - Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan
One-to-One Community and Site-Based Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region
Parents as Leaders (PAL's) in Education - Refugee Development Center
Prenatal, Parenting, Breastfeeding Classes and Support - Expectant Parents Organization
Project Learn - Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
Read to Succeed - Capital Area Literacy Coalition
Restorative Justice (RJ) Program - Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan
TEAM Attendance Truancy Reduction Program - Child and Family Charities (formerly Child & Family Services, Capital Area)
Teen Court Juvenile Justice Intervention Prevention Program - Child and Family Charities (formerly Child & Family Services, Capital Area)
Teen Open Studio - REACH Studio Art Center
At-risk youth are matched with a positive caring adult to spend time together 3 to 4 times a month for at least one year. Goals are set at the start of the match and outcomes in academic performance, social skills and avoidance of risky behaviors are achieved as a result of the one-to-one relationship. Outcomes are measured on an annual basis using a nationally researched evaluation tool. Each mentor is carefully screened and every match is professionally supported.
Project Learn is a proven youth development program featuring structured tutoring, character development, life skills, nutrition, recreation, arts and crafts, and goal setting. The program incorporates successful homework help for kids who get frustrated in traditional classrooms and provides incentives to participate in creative writing activities, leisure reading, and cognitive skill games / high-yield learning activities.
Capital Area Literacy Coalition - Family School Partnership Star Program(FSP)
FSP targets at-risk children and teens living in low-income housing, provides a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow, and meets twice weekly year round in the housing community center. FSP hires and trains teens to guide K-5 aged children using thematic units emphasizing science designed by professional educators. The teens are given instruction and support in applying to colleges and financial aid. FSP improves overall academic performance, provides enrichment activities & prevents dropouts.
The Read to Succeed program strives to eliminate poverty caused by illiteracy. Participants improve overall academic performance by increasing basic literacy skill levels and through enrichment activities. Area Read to Succeed sites provide children with a supervised, safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow. Sessions are scheduled for one hour, twice weekly often immediately after school. Each Succeed child is given pre and post tests administered by CALC staff.
A nonprofit organization that trains volunteers from the communtiy to advocate for chidren in foster care as Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Provides early intervention services to students and families identified as truant by the Lansing School District. The program helps students and families to identify and resolve the reasons for truancy and improve school attendance. A counselor also provides brief supportive counseling to address underlying problems contributing to truancy. The program seeks to increase awareness of the importance of school attendance and support the value of education.
Provides free afterschool programs for teens that focus on educational opportunities, everyday life, community connections and expressive art.
Prenatal and parenting classes teach parents about infant growth/development and prepare parents as baby's first teacher. Parents grow in confidence; understand importance of engaging their infants, appropriate play and nurturing baby. Breastfeeding is of utmost importance for student achievement. Breastfed babies are healthier reducing student absenteeism. Prepared parents lead to a baby that thrives and develops into a child ready to learn and ready for school. Teens and low income-focused classes and support.
Informaton Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) - 2020 Girls
Serves upper elementary and middle-school girls ages 9-13 from the tri-county area. Through fun, hands-on learning, 2020 Girls clubs cultivate girls’ interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math. In a partnership with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, women who are employed in STEM fields serve as instructors, role models and mentors.
An after school tutoring program for 4th-6th grade students currently offered in five of Lansing’s upper elementary schools. The goal of iMath is to develop students’ interest, proficiency and confidence in math through a combination of digital and personal instruction. Students complete an assessment and individualized coursework in a web-based math learning application. Students from MSU and LCC teach serve as instructors, tutors and role models.
Creative Connections is REACH's after school program for elementary aged children ages 6 – 12. Three different groups of 15-20 children each attend once a week for a 10-week term. The program features a high volunteer mentor to youth ratio, highly involved and integrative art projects, opportunities for youth to share their art with the public and program partnerships with a wide scope of Lansing area resources such as MSU, local artists, and other agencies.
REACH Studio Art Center - Teen Open Studio
In Teen Open Studio, Lansing area teenagers ages 13-18 meet new friends, practice creativity and get involved in planning and implementing art project installations for their community as well as portfolio development. Teens build skills in focused visual art media, planning and teamwork, leadership and life while being mentored by volunteers and community artists. Teen Studio meets year-round in 10 week terms, once a week during the school year and twice a week during summer.
Refugee Development Center - Career and Post Secondary (CAPS) Program
The program is focused on preparing underrepresented students for career and post-secondary opportunities. The CAPS Program will offer tutoring, mentoring, summer classes, and other services to help students see themselves as high school graduates and build academic skills to be successful in college or other post-secondary endeavors.
The overarching goal of PAL's in Education is to engage refugee parents with school related activities as a means to build academic success with their children through school orientations, home visits, parenting workshops, parent nights in the schools, and parent/teacher conference support (language/interpreter support).
This program is for youth ticketed for a first time minor offense such as truancy, curfew or disturbing the peace. The ticket results in a court record for the student and expense for the parents. Program participation averts court record, fine and the impact on the families. Components: Restorative conference with family and community rep; family skills seminar; and plan development to move forward without a record. Ideally positive impact is also on school, community and law enforcement agency.
Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan - Restorative Justice (RJ) Program
The Restorative Justice (RJ) program helps to keep children in the classroom by reducing suspensions and expulsions, helping children resolve and avoid conflict, and improve the school environment by changing how conflict and misconduct are handled.