United Way of Greenville County

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United Way of Greenville County (UWGC) is an existing grantmaking institution that has held a competitive grant process for over 40 yrs. Through the OnTrack Greenville initiative, UWGC will design a dropout prevention program to identify middle grade students who begin to disengage from school. A team will then match students with appropriate interventions and resources.

 

Grantee Information
Federal Awards: 
$3 million over three years (2014-2016)
Focus Area: 
Youth Development
Geographic Focus: 
Greenville, SC

OnTrack Greenville is a community-wide initiative to ensure all middle school youth stay on track toward high school graduation.  The initiative is beginning by implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based dropout prevention strategy—called an Early Warning and Response System—designed to support middle grades students and their families.

UWGC will support the Initiative to 1) implement an EWRS; 2) expand the availability of evidence-based response interventions for middle grades students; 3) build evidence to scale the model to the district and similar communities; 4) strengthen and insulate the education pipeline; and 5) develop a credentialed workforce.


Organizations Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from United Way of Greenville County

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Communities in Schools of Greenville County
Greenville County Schools
Greenville Health System
Public Education Partners


Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

Charlotte, North Carolina
Area Served: Greenville, South Carolina
Initial Award Amount: $255,000

BELL's evidence-based, award-winning summer program provides a critical opportunity for scholars to avoid summer learning loss, experience success, gain self-confidence, and enter the school year more ready to succeed in core subjects. BELL will provide a rigorous and stimulating six week summer program for 220 rising 6th graders at Lakeview, Tanglewood, and Berea Middle School, which could potentially include Greenville Early College students at those sites. The outcomes to be achieved include: an increase in math and English/Language Arts course performance; improved behavior and attitude toward school and learning; scholar’s more likely to succeed during the regular school year.


Communities in Schools of Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina
Area Served: Greenville, South Carolina
Initial Award Amount: $316,369 

Communities in Schools of Greenville (CIS) model is a best practice, holistic program that is integrated within the school, providing wrap-around services for students. CIS will provide Level 1 services (school-wide interventions) to approximately 1800 students, and Level Two services (case management) for a minimum of 250 at-risk students. CIS is will place additional school-based coordinators in each school, for a total of three per middle school and one at Greenville Early College. Site coordinators will serve as a part of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) team as community resource experts, and will specifically work to develop a system of coordinated wrap-around student and family supports for significantly off-track students such as health care, transportation, and affordable housing. In addition to case managing off-track students, CIS site coordinators will organize and manage school-wide opportunities that will improve the attendance, behavior, and course performance of students through engagement.


Greenville County Schools
Greenville, South Carolina
Area Served: Greenville, South Carolina
Initial Award Amount: $225,269 

Oversight of the Middle Grades Success initiative in each of the project schools (Greenville Early College, Tanglewood, Lakeview and Berea middle schools) will be conducted by a dedicated Mental Health Specialist (MHS) to be hired upon grant award. Three of the schools will hire a Student Leadership Teacher who will provide classroom instruction in social functioning, communications, self-efficacy, self-esteem and other character-building and leadership skills topics. The Mental Health Specialists will serve in all four of UWGC’s target schools, and the Teen Leadership class will be implemented in the three middle schools: Lakeview, Tanglewood, and Berea. The Teen Leadership class would serve approximately 40 students per grade level per semester at each middle school, focusing on grades 7 and 8 for intervention, for a total of approximately 480 students annually. The Mental Health Specialists will serve as the primary coordinator of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) in each school, therefore they will broadly serve as part of a school-wide intervention (approximately 1,800 students), but they will also each serve 50-100 students annually (approximately 200-400) with intensive mental health services.


Greenville Health System
Greenville, South Carolina
Area Served: Greenville, South Carolina
Initial Award Amount: $189,741 

GHS Children’s Hospital will implement School Based Health Clinics (SBHC) at each of the target middle schools to provide medical health services related to: non-emergent care, treatment of acute illness, basic prescriptions and medications, ongoing vision and hearing screenings, nutrition counseling, health education, and provide referrals such as mental health, eye care, and dental needs. 

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Registered Nurse (RN) will be hired to be on site at each of the three middle schools at least one or two days per week.  To give students access to a physician five days a week, GHS will purchase three telemedicine carts. School-based telemedicine (a.k.a. “telehealth”) involves the use of interactive video conferencing and special equipment such as an electric stethoscope and otoscope that can be operated by the school nurse, but would be seen and heard by the GHS physician in another location. The physician will then assess and advise the school nurse on medical attention required. The SBHC’s measureable outcome would be to reduce student chronic absenteeism. The SBHC would have a physical location and a telemedicine cart at Berea, Lakeview, and Tanglewood Middle Schools. They will serve Greenville Early College students at their home school.


Public Education Partners
Greenville, South Carolina
Area Served: Greenville, South Carolina
Initial Award Amount: $190,330 

Through a partnership with South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics and Science at Clemson University (SCCMS), Public Education Partners (PEP) will train teachers in “Balanced Literacy” and “Disciplinary Literacy,” a method of instruction that provides teachers with methods to incorporate individualized literacy instruction to improve literacy skills of students who are behind.

By the end of Year One, all 1,800 students (grades 6th-8th) will be receiving differentiated instruction through balanced and disciplinary literacy strategies in their English/Language Arts (ELA) and math classes. Through balanced literacy, teachers are trained to properly assess student reading levels and match them with appropriate reading materials through strategies such as guided reading (teacher-led instruction with a small group) or independent reading. Training will include high-quality mentoring, coaching, modeling and co-teaching. Long-term outcomes will include teacher-led differentiated instruction with a balanced and disciplinary literacy focus by matching the right students(s) with the right reading strategy at the right time, thereby increasing student achievement in ELA and math.

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