Our mission is straightforward: educate homeless children and their families for life. In practice, this can be more complex – determining a student’s needs, helping create a stable environment, and developing custom education plans.
At the end of the year, we’re able to measure real success in our educational programs, our after-school programs, and our family support measures.
Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, we served 105 students and measured improvements across the board. Almost every grade improved their math skills, while the fifth grade class achieved an average reading level above 7th grade at the end of the year. We recorded an average daily attendance of 90.9%, and 96% of our families attended spring parent-teacher conferences.
Nearly 90% of our students participated in our after-school and break camp programs. Those extracurricular activities, which include music, yoga, art, swimming, scouting, zoo and museum trips, and other opportunities, offer our students the chance to learn valuable life skills in a variety of real-life experiences.
What does family support look like? For our families, it looks like 634 counseling sessions, 62 health checkups, and 97 dental screenings. It also looks like an improvement in employment, housing and income.
In the past year, we’ve served 30,721 school meals, provided 29,213 instances of transportation, and distributed more than 34,366 basic necessities, all of which contribute to improving the situation for 107 families collectively equaling more than 398 individuals.
In May of 2016, 67% of families with students enrolled at Positive Tomorrows were in stable housing, and 55% had at least one adult working a full or part-time job.