The Case Management Division is comprised of four programs, where site coordinators are embedded directly in the schools, working with students who are at-risk of falling behind or dropping out of school. We place full-time site coordinators directly on school campuses throughout Duval County Public Schools to support students who are at risk of falling behind or dropping out. These students can rely on individual and group-session counseling, home visits and coordinated parental involvement to learn the life skills they need to reach their goals.
The Student Enrichment Program: The Student Enrichment Program is the original program that Communities In Schools began in Jacksonville schools more than 25 years ago. With activities that lie at the heart of the Communities In Schools philosophy, the Student Enrichment Program places full -time site coordinators on school campuses throughout Duval County. Site coordinators are embedded in public schools. A site coordinator works individually with 90 to 100 students. These students are counseled individually and in group sessions throughout the year enabling them to realize their goals and providing them with the life skills they need to succeed. Home visits and parental involvement are essential parts of the program, and site coordinators connect students to needed community resources.
While site coordinators work individually with select students from the school’s student body, hundreds of others are reached through school-wide services such as career fairs, men’s and ladies’ seminars and literacy programs. Funding for the Student Enrichment Program is provided by Duval County Public Schools, The Jim Moran Foundation and the DuBow Family Foundation.
Bridge to Success: Funded by Duval County Public School, the Bridge to Success Program provides site coordinators who work with students currently over-age for their grade level. Site coordinators address all barriers to graduation and provide individuals with the support to help them graduate on time and ready to fulfill their college and career goals.
Achievers For Life (AFL) is a dropout prevention initiative developed and funded by the United Way of Northeast Florida, in partnership with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville, Jewish Family and Community Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. Achievers For Life targets sixth grade students exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement including low GPAs, low FCAT scores and excessive absences and provides them with family support, a mentor and help for the students at school. Communities In Schools achievement advocates work with students to keep them on track and prepare for high school.
GEAR UP Communities In Schools is a partner with Duval County Schools in a 7 year Federal GEAR UP grant. This particular GEAR UP grant started in 2017-18 with the 7th grade cohorts in 10 DCPS middle schools. The grant is cohort based and will follow these student through high school and one year of post-graduation transition. Communities In Schools case manages about 600 students throughout the 10 middle schools.
If you are interested in being a mentor in the Achievers For Life Program, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida at 904-727-9797.