Some years ago I worked with high school dropouts to prep for their GED exams and find employment. The common joke among the participants was that they all wanted a job taste-testing in a pie factory, everything else looked hard and/or boring. We spent a significant amount of time helping them understand realities of the work world.
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At my request, we have a guest blog from Allison Jordan, Executive Director of Children First/ Communities in Schools. “Communities in Schools” is a specific model within a Community School approach. Learn about the amazing work taking place in two local elementary schools:
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In the two most recent blogs, I’ve talked about the Community School model and shared some of the research on how it works to support students, families and schools.
What a great turnout yesterday in Rutherford County for the launch of 2-1-1. More than 50 people came out to witness the ceremonial "first call" to 2-1-1 and to pick up promotional materials so they could help get them into the hands of community members. Several people, lifelong residents of the area, came up to us thanking everyone for helping to make this happen. See the photos
Reading the incredible history of our Asheville City and Buncombe County buildings in the recent Mountain Xpress made us think about the stories and pictures that we share here at United Way. Okay, so there was a lot more drama and fueding in their story than ours but at its essence there were two buildings, standing side by side, representing two different styles and perspectives yet underneath it all they are united in a desire to see the community succeed.
In my last post, I introduced the idea of a community school: One where resources for families are offered at the school and where students learn through an integrated curriculum which makes learning more relevant to students’ lives. Sounds OK, but does it make any difference?