The PrimeTime Mentoring Program is a weekly program that matches community members in a one-on-one or group mentoring setting with a student at-risk of academic failure in Spokane County.
We work with school and community funded behavioral health professionals to get students with those issues the services they need and to teach and reward positive behaviors. This can help prevent or stop problem behaviors in school. There are not enough behavioral health staff available for children but we continue to work towards developing longer-term solutions. This year we are investigating the utilization of more groups to extend the treatment potential offered by the limited number of providers.
Getting students to think about the future involves so many people in order to be successful! Site Coordinators rely on PrimeTime Mentors, existing school staff, business leaders and others to put the idea of life after high school into the minds of our students. We sign many middle school students up for the Washington College Bound Scholarship which pays for 4 years of books and tuition if the student maintains a “C” average in high school.
We are fortunate to have a number of opportunities to provide volunteer opportunities for students on and off campus as part of their need to “give back” to the community. In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, service learning is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Working with established volunteer programs like Spokane County United Way we are able to teach our students the value of volunteering, even as they benefit from volunteers helping them. CISSC also utilizes Volunteer Match to find volunteer opportunities and volunteers.
Studies have shown that participation in after-school programs can provide a measurable boost in academic performance. The availability of skilled and experienced tutors may be one of the primary reasons. Given the extra benefit of homework help and guidance, students in after-school programs feel less frustration and more confidence in their academic abilities. We offer a variety of lunch time and/or after school activities to assist students with becoming more attached to their school. We believe that such “enrichment” is very necessary to help motivate student into being academically successful. Examples include art, athletics, dancing, drama, film making, (videos) robotics,
We value the involvement of families in supporting the outcomes we are trying to achieve with students. Family engagement in schools is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage parents in meaningful ways, and the parents are committed to actively supporting their children's and adolescents' learning and development. Sometimes we can help with basic needs and/or get family support to assist the student in meeting their goals.
We work with a variety of our partners to provide classroom and real world experience in life skills whether that means personal finance, family issues, peer issues or a large number of other issues and concerns.
Working to give students access to physical and oral health services.