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A New Pathway for the Second Chance System: Boosting PSE Outcomes for Disconnected Youth . Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families Conference Terry Grobe , Program Director Jobs for the Future Parc Smith, Chief Executive Officer American Youth Works
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A New Pathway for the Second Chance System: Boosting PSE Outcomes for Disconnected Youth
Grantmakersfor Children Youth and Families Conference
Terry Grobe, Program Director Jobs for the Future
Parc Smith, Chief Executive Officer American Youth Works
Dr. Richard Rhodes, President and CEO Austin Community College
David Doyle, Student Austin Community College
Though adult learners have high education aspirations, attainment outcomes remain dismally low.
A unique combination of academics, hands-on job training, and community service
Students ages 17 to 25 working towards their secondary credential (GED or HS diploma) are enrolled as AmeriCorps members working in Texas Conservation Corps, Casa Verde Builders, Clean Energy Service Corps, or Media Corps.
Academic work and personal growth is enriched by the hands-on learning opportunities through green jobs training and community service activities.
On average, students gain
3 grade levels during a term
Average reading grade level 8th grade (8.3)
Average math level 8th grade (8.0)
Average reading level 11th grade (11.2)
Average math level 11th grade (11.0)
81.3 % of students obtained their HS diploma or GED
Grade level determine by the Test of Adult Basic Education, as reported to the Department of Labor and YouthBuildUSA
Americorps provides monthly stipends to students, which enables them to meet financial obligations while they are earning scholarships for college.
Support staff at AYW provide long term assistance to students and alumni
- resolving legal issues, including: clearing warrants, obtaining legal
representation, communicating with courts and judges, paying
legal fees and avoiding jail time
- obtaining state issued identification, drivers licenses, and employment
- applying for permanent affordable housing and subsidized child care
- accessing community resources for food and utility assistance
- creating internship opportunities and developing employment skills
(resumes, application assistance, interviewing, business clothing, etc)
Enhanced GED instruction including leadership skills and intensive math tutoring
Career Exploration and Aptitude activities to help students prepare an academic plan in the Post-Secondary Education setting
Counseling around personal finance and stability in order to prepare students for the time commitment needed to succeed in college while supporting themselves
Assistance with the admissions process of Austin Community College and other schools
FAFSA preparation and counseling on Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate)
Scholarship applications including AmeriCorps Ed Awards
Students are provided many opportunities to take classes on the campus of Austin Community College
Early College Start – dual credit for college classes
Bridge & Transitions to College Success classes - improve core academic skills & effective note taking and study habits
Health Sciences Corps – students can earn a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate through the Continuing Education Department of Austin Community College
Articulation Agreements – students can earn up to 23 credit hours towards
Associates degree in Construction Management at ACC (on the job training)
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Building Relationships with Austin Community College Staff and Faculty
- Attending classes with students to help them understand course requirements
- Tracking student financial aid utilization, progress, and grades throughout the semester
- Connecting students to ACC
on-campus services such as
tutoring centers, Student Support
office, and Career Centers
- Creating articulation agreements
with Building Construction Technology
and Health Sciences Departments
Providing Individual Counseling and Tutoring
- Helping students to be organized for their classes and teaching them to communicate with professors utilizing email
and office hours;
- Teaching students how to navigate systems at ACC including the
Blackboard, Financial Aid processes, book rentals, library,
and online class assignments;
- Working with students to maintain personal stability with time management, personal budgeting, and accessing community resources;
- AYW Alumni Peer support for tutoring and other encouragement
Financial Supports to promote Post Secondary Persistence
- Child care, text books, eyeglasses, transportation, rental and utility assistance for stabilized housing, gift cards for food, etc.