Youth Services recently received a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to fund the new programs at Cyprus High and Pleasant Green elementary school. It will also enhance Youth Services programs already hosted at Brockbank and Matheson Junior. Magna Elementary will also be opening a new Afterschool program at the beginning of the school year with a grant from Salt Lake County Division of Community Resources and Development and supplemental funding from the 21st Century grant.
The new program, Magna United, is a collective impact model aiming to help youth improve grades, decrease behavioral issues at school, and increase parent and community involvement in education.
The grant will fund a Community Learning Center at Magna Elementary with parenting and ESL classes for parents attending any of the five participating schools. Limited childcare and healthcare will also be provided. Afterschool programming will also begin this Fall with soccer, arts and music classes, and tutoring with an emphasis on math and reading.
“Magna United gives us the opportunity to provide life-changing services to youth, families and the community. Not only will we be helping youth to be successful at school, we will be bringing the community together to create a better future for participating youth and families,” said Youth Services Afterschool Program Manager Kelly Riding.
Research provided by the 2011 Utah Student Health and Risk Prevention Survey found that students in the five Magna schools were at a higher risk for academic failure and low commitment to school compared to other Utah students. Magna United allows for teachers from within the schools to be contracted for after school tutoring. This helps improve student-teacher relationships, student’s school engagement, and grades.
Youth Services also conducted a parent survey in Spring 2012 and a majority of participating parents listed Afterschool Programs as being very important and their first choice for school improvement.
The Magna United program is a partnership with Salt Lake County and Granite School District. The grant is $235,000 for the first three years, with funding then decreasing by 25% and 50% over the next two years.