EEP Secures $1.4M for Unique Afterschool Partnerships

Just recently, the Ohio Department of Education announced this year’s recipients of the highly competitive 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) grants. Ohio received 300 applications and issued 107 awards. Seven awards, totaling almost $6 million over five years, went to EnvisionEdPlus (EEP) partners with unique collaborations aligned to community needs and resources.  

Success After 6

The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley teamed up with Youngstown City School District and Youngstown Community School to scale the United Way’s signature Success After 6 program across five of the city’s most challenged elementary schools.  “We are beyond excited and grateful to receive these 21st Century grants in partnership with the Youngstown City School District and Youngstown Community School.  This crucial funding will allow us to expand our Success After 6 program to reach even more children and families,” said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.  “These grants are a testament to our Success After 6 program which will go from two schools to seven this year.  We will continue to fight for our students and their families, and by working together we will win for our community.” 

Success After 6 provides wrap-around services to help break down barriers many of the students and their families face on a daily basis.  United Way works in partnership with the each school to help the students achieve success.  The program helps students realize their potential and encourages them to excel in the classroom by providing academic intervention, enrichment and strong mentoring from local Champions (many of whom are Youngstown State University students).  With the convening power of the United Way, a wide variety of community partners come to the table to best serve the children and their families.  With the infusion of 21CCLC funds for five of the seven program schools, Success After 6 will now include before school mentoring and homework help, deeper academic and enrichment programs and expanded wrap around services for Youngstown families supporting more than 625 at-risk children in grades K-6.  

Urban Farming and Mentoring

Faith in Action, a nonprofit community development corporation, Faith Ministries Church and Lead the Way Learning Academy will partner to provide an extended learning program to 50 students in grades 6-8, primarily from Columbus City School District’s Mifflin Middle School. In addition to high quality academic intervention and enrichment in literacy and math, Faith in Action will work in partnership with Lead the Way Learning Academy and several community agencies to provide quality, skill-based, character education programs and college and career readiness opportunities. Mentorship will be a key component of youth development activities, including the development of an urban farm business. EEP also assisted these partners in securing a Community Connectors grant that will be embedded within this program to further expand mentoring and entrepreneurship exploration for Mifflin students.

Health, Harmony and Service

Par Excellence Academy, located in Newark, is a small community school serving nearly 180 children in grades K-5. Par’s mission is to provide an inspiring educational environment built on the principles of health, harmony, and service for families of elementary children. EnvisionEdPlus connected Par with Kiddie Academy, a Reynoldsburg based preschool and child care center with many years’ experience supporting Hannah Ashton Middle School’s (HAMS – Reynoldsburg City Schools) highly successful 21CCLC program. Together, Par and Kiddie Academy are adapting the HAMS/Kiddie Academy 21CCLC framework to meet the needs of 46 children and their families while continuing  the schools’ core mission of health, harmony and service.  This effort will be further supported by a Martha Holden Jennings grant Par received this summer. STEMsonic PARPonics! will introduce aquaponics for all  Par Excellence students and teachers during the school day and these resources will also be used to deepen afterschool and summer learning.

Connecting the Dots

EnvisionEdPlus was deeply involved in the design and development of all seven programs, not just as grant writers – but as thought partners, instructional designers and networkers. Our partners see the greatest EEP value add is our team’s ability to ‘connect the dots’.  We help schools and communities think differently about how they support children – and each other.  As we identify gaps in need, resources or programming, EEP team members make connections to other partners who can fill the gaps.   All of these new programs will be starting this fall. As they begin, we will highlight their successes, challenges and lessons learned.  Through these stories, our learning community can increase its understanding of what it takes to create, implement and sustain high quality programming for Ohio’s most vulnerable youth – setting the stage so all youth thrive – in school and beyond.  

For more information, to visit any of these programs, or to request support in designing your own projects, contact us.  We are always ready to provide assistance.

~ Michele Timmons, President

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Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
High Quality Literacy Instruction (Level 1 & 2) Core content includes an overview of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based literacy practices, and resources and tools for literacy instruction. Participants will create, implement and improve two classroom-based literacy strategies (in-person, blended or remote). 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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