PREPARING CHILDREN TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND OUR COMMUNITY
Our donors, advocates, and volunteers are making a difference in EDUCATION. With funding awards to partners that support programs and initiatives that mobilize resources and volunteers, we are helping kids prepare for school and be part of a safe and vibrant community.
We all win when our children stay in school, graduate, find work and build lives. The first years of life are critical to a child’s overall success in life. When our children don’t enter school prepared, they are more likely to fall behind or drop out.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Children are more successful in school when they are prepared to learn.
Children who are read to have a larger vocabulary; start school ahead of other children; have normal brain development; and, are more likely to succeed. Investing $1 in a child's success early on saves $17 down the road, with tangible results measured in lower crime, fewer single parents, and higher individual earnings and education levels.
What we need to accomplish:
75% of children in Olmsted County pass the kindergarten assessment.
75% of 0-5 year olds in Olmsted County receive books through Imagination Library.
Low-income/High-risk youth participate on a sustained basis
PREPARING YOUTH TO SUCCEED IN OUR COMMUNITY
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Investing in youth early provides greater long-term returns and is less costly than interventions later in life.
The estimated difference between the lifetime earnings of a high school dropout and a college graduate is $1.1 million. Every Minnesota high school dropout costs taxpayers $415,986 over that person's lifetime. That's about $908.96 per taxpayer annually.
What we need to accomplish:
Low-Income youth participating in community-based programs (a) demonstrate connection to a caring adult and community; and, (b) leadership in the community.
Registered low-income k-12 youth start school each year with appropriate school supplies through Running Start.
Youth improve or maintain a positive attitude toward school or learning
Youth improve or maintain positive behavior/social skills
Youth demonstrate a sense of skills mastery
Youth improve or maintain satisfactory attendance at school
Youth improve or maintain satisfactory school grades
Youth build healthy relationship skills
Youth improve or maintain satisfactory physical health
Youth report having at least one highly supportive adult in their life
Youth demonstrate leadership skills
Partnering Programs & Initiatives: EDUCATION
Youth after School Summer Program (Boys & Girls Club),
0-6 School Preparedness (Byron Community Education, Child Care Resource and Referral, Civic League Day Nursery, Good News Children’s Center,Tri Valley Opportunity Council , ),
Recreational Therapy (Family and Children Center),
Olmsted Outdoors (Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center),
Girl Scouts Leadership Experience (Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys),
Y Mentors, Youth Development & Recreational Therapy (Rochester Area Family Y),
Educational Therapy (The Reading Center),
New Immigrant Youth (Somali Community Resettlement Services),
Sports Mentorship Academy (Children of Destiny),
Justice and Opportunity for Youth (JOY).
Community Gang Initiative, Running Start for Schools, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Imagination Library