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Graduate GREAT provides students in grades 3rd to 8th, social and educational programming in the manner of a participatory enrichment course of study and training before, during and/or after school that supports and develops excellence. Graduate GREAT utilizes “Blooms Taxonomy Model”, allowing students to reach their full social and educational potential.

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REFERRAL SOURCE

(RECEIVED DURING SCHOOL YEAR ONLY)

 
  • Parent/Family/Care-Givers

  • Teachers/Counselors

  • Principals/Superintendent

  • School Board Members

  • Magistrate Court Judge

  • Children Youth and Families (CYF)

  • School Programs

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PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • Students must attend the identified partnering School within Allegheny and Westmoreland County

  • Students must be enrolled in grades 3rd through 8th

  • Students will be enrolled into the program quarterly as needed to support a Cohort Learning Model of 12-15 participants

  • Schools looking for support in the areas of Character Development and Academic Enrichment to improve student achievements

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PROGRAM PURPOSE

Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That's a student every 26 seconds - or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time. The U.S., which has some of the highest drop-out rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries. (https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-high-school-dropout-rates). Nationwide, black students graduated at a rate of 69% ; Hispanics graduated at 73%; whites graduated at a rate of 86% creating a disproportion among graduating students. (http://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-high-school-graduation-rates-by-race-ethnicity.html). Graduate GREAT aims to increase graduation rates but offering school connected programming that allows students to reach their full social and educational potential.

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PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Graduate GREAT will prepare students to:

  1. Improve educationally, physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally in stride with the demonstration of positive adolescent behavior

  2. Process through direct methods of coaching, teaching and facilitation that is self-reflective and self-sustained once programming has ended

  3. Reach their academic, social and leadership potential through which the individual progresses as a part of normal development

  4. Enhance their life-learning skills through one-on-one and/or group engagement activities with additional school connections and supports

  5. Engage in a process of attending school daily and becoming life-long learners

All engagements and activities will provide Leadership, Opportunity, Voice, Empowerment and Education (L.O.V.E.)

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CURRICULA USED

Blooms Taxonomy: The framework consisting of six major categories: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation with Knowledge being the precursor to the following “skills and abilities”.

Youth Responsibility Act: Inspired by The Happiness Institute and Professor Martin Seligman’s study of positive emotions and "Signature Strengths," The Youth Responsibility Act was developed to provide youth, ages 8-18, tools for for self-expression. Participants utilize written, verbal, visual and technological mediums to express their life experiences, with the intent to positively impact their psychological well-being and interpersonal relationships.

Youth Social Competence Survey (Pre-Post Testing): This scale measures youths’ awareness, knowledge, and investment in helping to improve themselves and others. Responsible Choices emphasizes good behavior, hard work, personal responsibility, and fairness. (Responsible Choices Scale. This is a subscale of the Youth Assets Survey (Oman, Vesley, McLeroy, et al., 2002, Civic Responsibility Survey (Furco, Muller, & Ammon, 1998)

SMART Plan: An action plan that identifies goals that are: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

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SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

(LIST OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN THE GRADUATE GREAT PROGRAM)

  • Pittsburgh Public School District

  • West Mifflin School District

  • Steel Valley School District

  • Chartiers Valley School District

  • Jeanette School District

  • Penn Hills Entrepreneurial Charter School

  • Propel Charter Schools

For more information about Graduate GREAT, please contact:

Comocrea Johnson
Program Manager
cjohnson@ssdipgh.org
412-665-2810

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