Afterschool and Community Connections

Many schools and communities have realized the advantages of building partnerships that support students and strengthen communities. These connections have led to innovations that have positively impacted student achievement, improved the quality of education, and benefited communities in other ways. As schools and communities face shrinking resources in challenging economic times, the resources, skills and human investment from these partnerships have helped sustain programs and strengthen new initiatives.

The power of partnerships among business, colleges and universities, and non-profits is incredible. Their efforts and goals are often parallel and overlapping; it makes sense to work together. Collaborative efforts among schools, districts, and communities have enhanced learning, improved school climate, developed tutoring and mentorship programs, and strengthened families and neighborhoods.

These partnerships provide youth and families with resources, information, strategies, and services that schools alone are unable to provide. They help schools reach target groups that may be difficult for schools to adequately serve without this additional support.

Note: Schools and districts will benefit most if they begin with the resource section of Module 1. This first module is designed to help you develop systems and strategies to improve family engagement efforts and build community partnerships. Get started on your own framework using the PowerPoint and the Family Engagement Framework Guidance available in Module 1.
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