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Our mission is simple. We strive to engage Denver families in local schools in order to increase attendance and retention with the student population. We are here to provide community resource information, raise family awareness about individual student progress, and encourage positive communication between Denver Public Schools families and their students’ schools.
The 3 main goals the program focuses on are:
1. Attendance Retention and College and Career Readiness
Members make phone calls and conduct home visits on behalf of 13 Title I schools that the program serves directly. Members have a caseload of 20 - 30 students that they check in with daily to foster relationships and provide attendance support. Members ensure students are supported and diligently inform students’ guardians about any attendance concerns. Members also provide guardians with information about local resources that can help get their children to school and stay focused on graduating.
2. Increasing Student and Parent Engagement within School Communities
Members serve in school communities and strive to increase the number of parents who volunteer in classrooms and participate in school activities, helping them understand the importance of parent engagement with their child’s education.
3. Designing and Implementing School Community Service Projects
Members serve in collaboration with Regional Coordinators, site supervisors at the schools, to design and implement service projects that benefit students, families, schools, communities, and businesses. These projects are creatively designed by members to meet the needs of schools and the larger community with a focus on increasing and maintaining student, parent, and community engagement within schools.
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