Reengagement Centers - National League of Cities

Report
Reengagement Centers: Key Element in
a City Strategy to Recover Dropouts
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Speakers:
- Andrew Moore, National League of Cities
- Kathy Hamilton, Boston Private Industry Council
- Gail Forbes-Harris, Boston Public Schools
- Justin Green, Philadelphia Youth Network
- Ken Karamichael, Rutgers University/Newark YE2S Center
- Greg Emmel, Omaha Directions Diploma (D2) Center
- Carolyn Miller, Omaha Directions Diploma (D2) Center
Re-Engagement Center Overview
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The School District of Philadelphia
Re-Engagement Center
Project Overview
440 N. Broad Street, Suite 1013
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Hotline: (215) 400-6700
Fax: (215) 400-4179
Philadelphia Re-Engagement Center Overview
A True Cross-Systems Collaboration
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Seed funding from the Project U-Turn
collaborative (Philadelphia Youth Network &
William Penn Foundation)
Commitment from district for space, personnel
and operating funds
Commitment from city for staffing support
Regular engagement of all partners in design,
implementation, and ongoing operation
Partner with community based organizations
Philadelphia Re-Engagement Center Overview
Goals and Guiding Principles
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Connect individuals 15 and older who are out of
school or in school and struggling, to a high school
diploma, GED, or academic skills program
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Support a successful transition back to education by
connecting students to social services and other
resources as needed (e.g., childcare)
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Serve students in an environment that empowers
them to reach their goals of returning to school
Philadelphia Re-Engagement Center Overview
Multiple Pathways to Graduation
Philadelphia High School Diploma or Equivalency Programs for Youth and Adults
Accelerated
High Schools
Educational
Options Programs
Gateway to
College
Other Programs
* Ages 15-21
*13.5 or fewer high
school credits prior
to enrolling
* Able to earn HS
diploma before
age 24
* Ages 17 and older
* More than 8 HS
credits prior to enrolling
* Enrollment every 3
months
* Must not be enrolled in
regular day school
* Ages 16-21
* Able to earn HS
diploma before
age 22
* Pass exam of 8th
grade literacy
and math ability
GED
* Ages 18 and older
* Computer based
* Teacher based
* Project based
* Earn up to 12
credits per year
* Classes held OctJune, three sessions
annually, Mon-Thurs,
3-6:30 p.m.
*Earn 6-10 cr./yr
* Dual enrollment
* Earn up to thirty
college credits
* Earn up to 9 cr./yr
towards diploma
Student enrollment varies
SDP Credit Recovery
*Regularly enrolled HS
students
Skill Building
Programs
*Ages 16-21
Services and Results
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Welcome & Intake
Achenbach System of
Empirically Based
Assessments (ASEBA)
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Meet with a Reengagement Specialist
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TABE testing
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Referral to an
appropriate program
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Scheduled orientation
dates
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>9,000 since 2008
75% re-enroll within
three months of initial
contact
ETO database
Philadelphia Re-Engagement Center Overview
D2 Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Greg Emmel & Carolyn Miller,
Directors
www.d2center.org
402-502-8534
Omaha Organization
Funding
Sherwood Foundation
City of Omaha
Mutual of Omaha
Foundation
NE Crime Commission,
Office of Violence
Prevention
Program Coordination
Sherwood Foundation,
private foundation
Building Bright Futures,
local nonprofit
D2 Center Directors
Greg Emmel
Carolyn Miller
D2 Center Intake Specialists
and Administrative Support
D2 Center Certified
Teachers
for Elective Credit Courses
Community Providers & Partners
•School Districts
Youth Academic Navigators
(YAN Program with agency
partners)
•Social Service Agencies
•Mental / Behavioral Health
•Post-Secondary Institutions
•Juvenile Justice
•Other BBF Programs
Omaha D2 Center Overview
D2 Center Key Aspects
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City partnership: City of Omaha Truancy Prevention Program
partially funds Youth Academic Navigators assigned to each youth
for frequent contact and support; YANs employed by communitybased agencies
Elective credit courses: Taught by certified teachers; accelerated,
flexible scheduling; small class size; literacy, numeracy, et al
Incoming referrals: chiefly from community-based organizations,
Douglas County Probation, Omaha Public Schools (OPS), BBF
Teen & Young Parent Program, D2 Center staff & YANs
Intake: Interview, online math & reading assessment (Wonderlic
WBST), parent / guardian interview; followed by separate Action
Plan meeting
Outgoing referrals: BBF Teen & Young Parent Program, GEDs
(Goodwill Youth Partnership, Metro CC, OPS), Gateway to College
(Metro CC), housing assistance, drug/alcohol counseling, career
exploration, etc.
Data system: nFocus TraxSolutions
Omaha D2 Center Overview
D2 Center Early Experience, Results
applications (May 2011 - Jan. 2012)
83
Total active students
61
Total Building Bright Total Futures Teen
Parents
15
Total Douglas County Probation Students
16 (2 on adult probation)
Total enrollment in D2 Center courses*
18
Total D2 Center elective credits earned*
14
Total high school credits earned
In progress
Total High School Diplomas earned
0
* through 1st semester 2011-2012
Omaha D2 Center Overview
Omaha Multiple Pathways to
Graduation (MPG) – in development
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Process: Outline current options; identify youth needs;
determine gaps; sketch increased MPG options
Cross-organizational: local school districts, postsecondary education, government, community agencies
D2 Center, Building Bright Futures, City of Omaha, and
Sherwood Foundation planned and hosted MPG Summit
Nov. 2011 in partnership with NLC YEF Institute and
JFF; panel included Mayor of Omaha Mayor, President
of Metro Community College, and Commissioner of the
Nebraska Department of Education
Showcase of existing MPG providers from 7 districts & 3
private institutions
Omaha D2 Center Overview
BOSTON
RE-ENGAGEMENT
CENTER
Gail Forbes Harris, Director - BPS
Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions
Coordinator – Boston PIC
How Boston approaches Dropout
Outreach and Recovery
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Reach out to dropouts via
phone, letter, Connect-Ed
First visit: meet with
youth, families
Several visits: Help youth
re-enroll in school:
transcript assessment,
school choice, enrollment
Follow up bi-weekly to
provide students with
support to persist
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Hire adult professionals
who were former dropouts
Focus on building
relationships,
responsiveness
Physical location
Build relationships with
other agencies
Offer some computerbased classes on site, esp.
when difficult to re-enroll
Boston REC Outreach and Dropout
Recovery, SY10-11
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1,891: Out of School Youth
 1,621: 16 and Older, Out of School Youth
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270: Under 16, Out of School Youth
700+ Engaged in “15 minute” conversation at Center
 545 Connected to a school or educational options
(7/2010 - 6/2011)
 464 Re-enrolled in District, District Alt Ed, and
CBO Alt Ed; 81 in GED & Adult Education
 57 Graduated
Study cohort – those re-enrolling July-October 2010
 284 Re-enrolled = 65% stick rate
Rate of first-year completion /“stick rate”
for study cohort students re-enrolling
41%
41%
63%
18
80
54
35
67
90
171
87
SY 07-08
208
65 %
22
78
184
83
SY 08-09
202
Currently Attending
SY 09-10
269 REC
Withdrew
SY 10-11
284 REC
Did Not Accept Assignment
Youth Education and
Employment Success
(YE2S) Centers:
A Systems-Based approach to
identify, implement, and support
Positive Youth Development
Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway
“Building Productive Futures for the Youth of New
Jersey”
www.youthsuccesscenter.org
Focus on a Shared Youth Vision
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Starts in each city with agreement between Mayor,
Superintendent re: importance of youth
engagement
Partners provide additional supports, enrichment
Process:
 Personal outreach to dropouts
 Accessible location – easy initial intake
 Instructors & CBO staff on site
Coordinated by Rutgers University
TEEM Gateway – Urban Youth Development arm
of Rutgers Cooperative Extension
New Jersey YE2S Centers –
Development Timeline
Newark – 2008
Downtown Newark Business District
Co-Located with NPS Hybrid HS / Community Partners
CISNJ / Boys and Girls Club / Hetrick-Martin Institute
Trenton – 2010
Downtown Trenton
Co-Located within the Daylight/Twilight High School
& Mercer County Community College
Camden – 2012
Two locations – Camden City Community /Recreation Centers
Eco Maps: Partner Mapping
RESULTS TO DATE / NEXT STEPS:
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Newark YE2S Center has engaged 5,000 young
adults, re-enrolled 3,500 since January 2008
Enhanced services with AmeriCorps members,
mature workers, mentors, school district social
workers
Next steps
term – moving from social to mobile media;
communicating youth success stories
 Longer term – expand research & assessment
integration
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NLC Institute for Youth, Education,
and Families
Re-Engagement Center Network
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Four cities on call
today plus:
Dayton, Ohio
Denver, Colorado
Indianapolis, Indiana
Portland, Oregon
Several more cities:
Reengagement
Centers in
development
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Informational phone
calls + yearly meeting
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Next call:
March 6, 2012;
2:30pm ET
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