Detroit Parent Network
A total of 24 full-time AmeriCorps members will be recruited and placed in 6 of the lowest performing high schools in Detroit that are in the EAS (Education Achievement System), to increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment of low-income students of color through expansion and enhancement of Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a drop-out prevention program that has serviced over 500 families with one-on-one parent coaches to ensure students are on track to graduate from high school and attend college. A total of 4 AmeriCorps members will be placed at each high school in the EAS to help build a college-going culture and provide resources and support to advance college completion for each class of students. Members will serve as academic coaches/advisors, providing both individual and family coaching; organize parent/student academic and college nights; conduct workshops on graduation requirements, ACT preparation, college selection, completing FAFSA and college entrance applications, and related topics. Activities will take place from August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2016. Approximately 6,000 students and families will be served. Outcomes align with Community-Wide College Ready indicators of Drive Detroit, a cradle-to-career initiative inspired by Strive Cincinnati. Over the course of three years, 2,547 students across the six schools will graduate from high school on time; the average ACT score across the six schools will increase from 13.7 to 15.2; 2,736 students will complete FAFSA applications; and 2,623 students will enroll in college .