The Helping Kids Succeed began in 2005 to support educational outcomes for families in Waukesha County. Originally, the initiative was focused on increasing parental engagement, a key factor affecting a child’s performance at school. This year, the initiative has expanded with input from the community, doubling down on efforts within the highest-need schools – those in which a majority of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
The 2017 goals for Helping Kids Succeed include supporting educators, increasing student achievement, enhancing family stability and empowerment, and improving community engagement and awareness.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County has made a total of $65,000 in grants to the School District of Waukesha to support the following projects:
- P.A.T.H., a program of Family Service of Waukesha ($35,000) puts psychotherapists in schools to support educators’ efforts to meet students’ psychological, social, and emotional needs. The therapists can provide clinical services to students with a diagnosis, drop-in sessions to students without a diagnosis, and consultation to school staff.
- Playworks’ TeamUp program ($25,000) helps schools create play environments that help kids be their best. As a recess intervention program, Team Up makes recess more structured, supports teachers, helps students build leadership skills and reduces misbehavior during recess by helping students to problem solve and engage in building positive school culture.
- ERAs Senior Network ($5,000) assists students and engages volunteers through an intergenerational experience. Seniors can serve as reading buddies, pen pals, and sources for oral history projects.
The programs target the eight highest-need schools in the Waukesha School District – those where 50% or greater of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The programs have been implemented in schools, and data will be collected over the school year to measure impact.