At Risk Criteria:
Hope Active uses the following criteria to identify At-Risk students. In order to qualify, students must meet one of the guidelines listed:
- Students who are homeless or reside in a family living beneath the poverty level threshold.
- Students who did not perform satisfactorily academically OR on assessment tests in current school year OR did not advance to the next grade for one or more years.
- Students who are pregnant or a parent.
- Students who have been placed in alternative education, expelled, reported as a drop out, previously/currently incarcerated or have a parent who is incarcerated
- Students of limited English proficiency OR students with special needs
Background and Description of Program:
2 out every 5 students are considered “at-risk”. Hope Active, a 501c3, nonprofit organization, works to ensure at-risk youth (6th-12th grade) have access to the necessary resources to grow and thrive. Hope Active has a uniquely certified staff that forges collaborative relationship with our local school district and implements on-campus mentorship program. Hope Active has impacted over 2,800 students resulting in an increase in college & career readiness by removing educational barriers (mentorship, backpacks, school supplies, and essential needs) and introducing skilled trade opportunities, reduced unexcused absences, reduction in recidivism, improved family dynamics and overall higher student engagement and confidence.
Program Objectives & Goals:
Our objective is to ensure “at-risk” students in grades 6-12 have a stepwise ladder that removes solvable barriers and promotes students access to vital relationships that improve education and employment standards. Hope Active believes by creating a safe, positive, and inclusive environment, ALL students have what it takes to reach their full potential.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This calendar year, our goal is to raise $250,000 to fund and expand our mentorship in our local school district.
Funding Will Allow:
- The ability to positively impact 2,500 youth in 2021 and 5,000 by 2023 w/ our services
- Expansion of mentorship services to the growing number of “at risk” youths in CCISD
- Onboard & train 75 mentors in 2021
- Fulfil the request to expand our program in two additional local high schools
- Extension of services focusing on skilled trades and college/career readiness.
- Increase the number of career experiences and resources for each student by 50%
- Improving youth’s perception of their own academic abilities and talents thru
- Improving relationships between youth and their peers
- Improving relationships between youth and the adults with whom they interact
- Reducing unexcused absences
- Improve attitudes about learning
- Increase involvement in positive extracurricular activities
Statement of Impact:
The following statement from the leader of Prevention and At-Risk Services for our local school district: