The True North AmeriCorps program supports the development of partnerships that increase the number of people, organizations and resources that ensure young people stay in school and graduate on-time. School and Community Partnerships are central to the TNAC service model which recognizes that youth development must be a collaborative effort. Participation from of all sectors is necessary, as schools, businesses, nonprofits, government and families each play an important role in supporting a student’s success in school and life.
True North AmeriCorps requires each host site to develop a School and Community Partnership that is responsible for identifying students who are at risk of school disengagement and/or academic failure. Each Partnership is comprised of key leaders from both the school and the community who meet regularly to review student data and identify strategies that address the needs of students, including tutoring, mentoring, afterschool programming and service learning.
School and Community Partnerships are responsible for hosting and supporting the service of True North AmeriCorps members who are implementing individualized interventions and strategies with the students identified by the Partnership. TNAC members and the Partnership build a bridge between the school day and out of school time opportunities. What is the end result of this collaborative effort? TNAC wants students to be fully engaged in school and to find academic success.
True North AmeriCorps members, supported by their School and Community Partnership, will:
- Increase the number of significant caring adult relationships experienced by the youth participants
- Implement high quality in/out of school time and summer activities to support academic enrichment, study skills practice, career exploration, etc.
- Actively engage youth in meaningful service-learning or civic engagement activities
- Mobilize volunteers to promote academic success and engagement.