AmeriCorps: School Turnaround
AmeriCorps: School Turnaround places sixty AmeriCorps members in three persistently low achieving high schools. Members serve for one year as:
- college advisors and
- family connectors to high school students.
Kentucky Arts Council Pilot Partnership is a statewide pilot program that provides and supports arts education services to 15 public schools, of which Berea College will select five, for after school, school break and/or summer programs serving Kentucky public school students outside of the standard school schedule.
AmeriCorps SOAR places 24 AmeriCorps members in Leslie County Schools to serve as mentors to increase student attendance, improve behavior and help positively impact course completion.
National Endowment for the Arts Artworks program provides early childhood educations with professional development through workshops to integrate art into math and language lessons at the preschool level.
AmeriCorps: STEM places twenty individuals as AmeriCorps members in Madison County high schools. These individuals provide tutoring and homework assistance in Algebra. They also connect mathematics to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career pathways.
NEA Our Town
The Our Town program supports creative place-making projects. These projects help transform communities into lively and beautiful places with the arts at their core. The program will preserve the arts and cultural heritage of Appalachia. It does this by mapping assets of artists and creatives within the Promise Zone.
AmeriCorps: VISTA seeks to build the capacity of non-profit and community-based organizations in Appalachian Kentucky. Twenty-five VISTA members build capacity through:
- grant writing
- resource and partnership development
- volunteer recruitment
- marketing and communications
- program coordination
- monitoring in the areas of education and healthy futures
Performance Partnership Pilot (P3)
The Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth offers a unique opportunity to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies. These strategies are designed to improve results for:
- disconnected youth,
- individuals between the ages of 14 and 24 who are low income,
- unemployed and
- not enrolled or at risk of dropping out of an educational institution.
P3 will focus on providing comprehensive education and workforce services to disconnected youth who are:
- age 18–24 who are not in school or working and
- youth in high school who are at risk of dropping out.
Family Engagement and Economic Security
Families are central and critical to a child’s educational performance. Family Partnership at Partners for Education has a strong engagement team that provides training, support and resources to families.
Promise Neighborhood supports a continuum of services for youth from cradle-to-career. Promise Neighborhood partners with schools and community based organizations to provide:
- public health initiatives
- community safety programs
- educational support for all children within the Neighborhood – early childhood to age 24.
Full Service Community Schools
Full-Service Community Schools provide students in Knox County with comprehensive services and interventions including:
- service learning opportunities,
- job training and
- career counseling services.
Services provided to families of students include:
- Improving access to and use of social service programs
- Programs that promote family financial stability.
The Readiness Bus project serves 60 families in the Big Creek, Oneida and Red Bird areas of Clay County over the course of the three-year pilot through two mobile classrooms that prepare parents and children to enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
GEAR UP follows a cohort of students from sixth grade to their freshman year in college. It emphasizes college readiness through academic success and the building of a college-going culture. Services include:
- in-school tutoring
- summer academies
- career exploration
- test preparation
- college visits
- career site visits
- educator professional development
- family engagement activities.
Smart and Secure Children
The Smart and Secure Children project is designed with parents, through a community participatory study, to increase quality parenting as a way to strengthen vulnerable families raising children 0-5 years old. Research has shown that quality parenting can help to lessen up to 50% of the negative impact of poverty on children’s development.
HUD Youth Homeless Demonstration
The program creates a coordinated community approach to prevent and end youth homelessness.
South Eastern Kentucky Promise Zone
In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out an initiative to designate a number of communities as Promise Zones. These zones are identifiable as high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities. The federal government will partner with and invest in communities to accomplish the following goals:
- Create jobs
- Leverage private investment
- Increase economic activity
- Expand educational opportunities
- Reduce violent crime
The Southeastern Kentucky Promise Zone is the first rural Promise Zone.
Innovative Approaches to Literacy
Innovative Approaches to Literacy builds local capacity to provide high-quality school library projects that increase access to literacy resources, provide learning opportunities for all elementary school students, provide high quality early literacy programs to ensure all children enter Kindergarten ready to learn and engage families in their child’s learning.
Talent Search provides school-based academic counseling and career exploration activities. It focuses on college preparatory support for 800 low-income, first-generation students in grades 8-12. Services provided include:
- High-quality tutoring
- Academic, career, and financial aid counseling
- College visits
- Cultural field trips
- Career site visits
Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR)
CBCR works to reduce crime and improve community safety. It is part of a comprehensive strategy to advance children and families within the Promise Zone. CBCR targets areas within the Promise Zone identified as hot spots of youth crime and delinquency. It employs data-driven, cross-sector strategies to reduce youth crime and delinquency within the Promise Zone.
Upward Bound ensures students have access to tutoring, academic counseling and guidance. During the summer, students are provided a residential component at Berea College.
Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)
Upward Bound Math and Science provides college preparatory experiences to 50 students from 9th-12th grades with an aptitude for math and science. Services are provided to low-income, first-generation students. These services include:
- intensive academic summer programs at Berea College
- college visits
- cultural field trips
- ACT preparation
- financial aid and
- college application assistance.
Vroom shares the science of early brain development in new ways so that all children have the chance to become thriving adults. Partners for Education is working o “Vroom surround strategy” to saturate Appalachian Kentucky with Vroom messages and tools to build awareness of developing brains and to increase the incidence of brain building moments.