Generating Equitable Youth Opportunities Through Sustainable Community Partnerships
Jenna Courtney, Texas Partnership for Out of School time (TXPOST)
Grades: K – 12
Nationally, more than half of our children’s test scores don’t meet proficiency standards in both reading and math. And that was before the pandemic. At the same time, trends show that more jobs will require some college education and STEM job opportunities will grow faster than non-STEM roles.
Schools and out of school time (OST) programs are powerful partners to ensure youth have every opportunity for success. With ESSER III funding, schools and youth-serving organizations can close gaps for students by building strategic partnerships that generate alignment and shared accountability. One-time investments can be leveraged beyond recovery to create equitable opportunities and sustainable systems to better support students.
In this workshop, we will explore OST’s critical role in education ecosystems and how to build innovative partnerships with collaborative leadership and practices, integrated student supports, and active family and community engagement. We will also discuss the challenges that come with building partnerships as well as what success looks like and how to replicate it by examining partnership implementation with high-quality programming such as STEM, youth entrepreneurship, and service learning. Grades K-12