A Community Coalition Preparing Students to Grow, Graduate, and Pursue their Goals.
The High School Plus Coalition brings community partners together to build solutions and create resources that help students succeed in high school and beyond. Led by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative and United Way of Monroe County, High School Plus identifies and works to eliminate problems that cause kids to drop out of school.
High School Plus projects include:
Roadmap to Success Website
The interactive Roadmap to Success website helps users in Monroe County navigate resources that increase high school success and completion, as well as encourage college and career readiness. Designed with students, parents, and counselors in mind, this innovative tool helps guide career and school choices and contains up-to-date national and local resouces. The Roadmap to Success (http://Monroe.RoadmapToSuccess.org) guides users to information about workforce, colleges and training programs, ways to pay and save for education after high school, and much more.
In place at both MCCSC and RBB school districts, Graduation Coaches build supportive relationships with at-risk students, provide one-on-one counseling, monitor grades and attendance, and connect with parents. These Coaches are funded by the Franklin Initiative; United Way helped sponsor their training in Check & Connect, an acclaimed research-based national model for keeping kids in school.
"High School Plus" Summits provided an update on community efforts that impact local children from birth through high school graduation... and beyond. The summit is co-hosted by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative and United Way of Monroe County. See photos from the 2013 Winter Summit.
Reflections on Dropping Out Video
The Coalition interviewed local teenagers who had recently dropped out of high school. These videotaped interviews gave us an in-depth understanding about why the teens left school, what life was like after they dropped out, what they now needed to succeed academically, and how we could help kids stay in school. The edited video is available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTVpxjYX-AQ). You may watch the video now:
The Dashboard presents graduation and drop-out rates for Monroe County. It serves as a community reporting mechanism so the Coalition and the community can measure progress and success. The Dashboard is available at the High School Plus Coalition website, www.highschoolpluscoalition.org/community-by-the-numbers.html
Do you want to strengthen education in our community?
Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund. This fund helps children achieve their potential through cradle-to-career initiatives that ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready to earn success in college or career.