Partnering for Rural School Turnaround: AmeriCorps and Berea
Berea College Partners for Education, Knox Central High School and Leslie County High School have designed PartnerCorps, an AmeriCorps program that will support and sustain the school turnaround efforts at Knox Central High School and Leslie County High School by utilizing 40 ten-month AmeriCorps Members as mentors, college advisors and family connectors. These two high schools qualify as eligible schools and qualify as rural schools. We have adopted and refined a research-based framework for delivering services with supporting activities that reflect generally-accepted best practices for engaging low-income and rural students. All our interventions will be targeted to students based on individual students' needs. Interventions will be documented. The Evaluator and Project Coordinator will continually assess student improvement connected to the services provided. The National Performance measures have been utilized to determine outputs and outcomes. We have established two primary Performance Measures: 1) Implementation of Early Warning system with interventions that include Mentoring, College Preparation, Service Learning and Youth Engagement. The Output will be Disadvantaged Youth/Mentor Matches (90% of all students will be successfully matched) and the Outcomes will be 75% of students exhibit improved academic engagement and 94% of students exhibit improved daily attendance. 2) Parent Engagement with the primary intervention being Family Involvement. The Output will be Disadvantaged Youth/Mentor Matches (90% of all students will be successfully matched) and the Outcomes will be 94% of students exhibit improved daily attendance. PartnerCorps will begin its three year term August 1, 2013. CNCS investment will be $633,689 and partner match will be $203,148. Program investment is reasonable in relation to the positive results.