Early childhood development
Building Youth Capacities for Healthy Futures and Responsible Parenting
Dads Make a Difference (DMAD) works statewide to strengthen the role of fathers using a peer education, youth development, leadership model in collaboration with schools & community agencies. Focusing on the role of fathers in raising children, DMAD educates young men and women about the responsibilities of parenting and the challenges of parenting too soon. Young people who understand parental responsibility are more likely to form strong families that are emotionally and financially secure. These families are the backbone of productive, nurturing communities.
Building Community, Creating Opportunity
Our collaboration will expand and develop the services of Joyce Preschool in order to reach more families in need. Currently, Joyce Preschool serves approximately 88 families, preparing students for success in school and empowering families to be advocates in their children’s academic careers. Joyce Preschool, nationally accredited by NAEYC and awarded the highest 4-star rating from Parent Aware, offers Spanish-English dual immersion programming.
The Paramount and Boys Girls Club of Central Minnesota Arts Collaborative
The Paramount and Boys Girls Club of Central Minnesota Arts Collaborative has (BGCCM) leveraged the strengths of both organizations and addressed the challenges experienced by each. This partnering relationship allows a mutually beneficial relationship, meeting tangible need for both organizations. This collaboration is knitting together a long-range vision that goes beyond immediate funding.
Bridging the Gap
Minneapolis is one of the most segregated cities in the United States. In order to correct this collaboration between two culturally different groups must take place. I am working with the leaders of Temple Israel and Shiloh Temple in conjunction with Dr. Herbert Perkins (http://www.asdic-circle.org/) in crafting/creating a cohesive mediation program that will teach families of both congregations in bridging the two communities together and how to break down our racial and class status. This program is an organic program that will empowewr both communities
Tutoring Partnership for Academic Excellence
More than half of the 38,500 students in St. Paul schools are not proficient in reading and math. The Tutoring Partnership for Academic Excellence, a collaboration that strives to increase the quality and quantity of tutoring, serves over 4,500 students in 25 community organizations and 41 schools. By supporting best practice tutoring, we bring programs together to support student proficiency.