Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $24,681)
The purpose of this local CIS project is to help students succeed in school and graduate with marketable skills and be well prepared for productive lives. Fifty-one percent of Sumter County School students failed to graduate with their class in 2004. Research indicates a strong correlation between poor school performance resulting in failure to graduate from high school and juvenile delinquency.
LEAP / Communities In Schools of Sumter County (LEAP/CIS), a community-based nonprofit organization, will partner with the Sumter County School District to provide the Sumter County Mentor Program and to provide support for the Performance Learning Center. These proactive programs will serve students identified by the school system as at risk of failing or dropping out of school. LEAP/CIS will recruit caring adult mentors who will encourage students and help them develop the life skills they need to avoid destructive behavior that leads to juvenile delinquency.
LEAP/CIS will be responsible for mentor recruitment, screening, and training as well as monitoring and evaluating the program. Progress will be measured by the number of students that participate in the Mentor Program and the number of students that graduate from the Performance Learning Center. The project will serve 150 students.