How do we reach children and families at risk effectively and fast? Community schools that incorporate social service and support are the solution offered by Mayor Bill de Blasio. And it’s a solution Catholic Charities is bringing to life in the poverty and crime-ridden neighborhood of Washington Heights.
The principle behind it is simple. Bring services to where the children and their families already are – at school. The new community schools program pairs year-round social services with education in high-need neighborhoods. Services range mental health support to homework help and family counseling.
The city will use $52 million to launch 40 Community Schools. This includes the High School for Media & Communications in Washington Heights that chose Catholic Charities Community Services Alianza Division as its community partner.
The program will work in collaboration with the principal, the school leadership team and parents. To ensure that new programs answer real needs more than 80 students, parents, community leaders, school administrators, counselors and teachers teamed up to share their vision for the newly established Community School program at the High School for Media & Communications on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Funds will be used to increase attendance, credit accumulation, graduation rates and family engagement.
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