Win-Win-Win-Win Developing programs that result in a win for your students, budget, district, and community. What are we going to share ? How developing a Newcomer Center to address the growing Latino population in our area created a win- win-win-win for our budget, students, school district, and community. What change occurred in our area? Decreased District wide enrollment. Dramatic increase in the number of Latino families. What did we do to address the change? Created a Newcomer Center which provides: Information and referrals to community resources Employment resources Health and well being resources Legal referrals Computer access These resources are available to anyone in the county. Bonus Services –K-12 school registration –Organize fieldtrips, guest speakers, workshops, etc for ESL classes –Create a translator pool for the District –Offer other District wide ESL related resources Translating forms Parent orientation and connecting families to schools. Table and translation at back to school nights. What Is So Great About the Newcomer Center? Students Budget School District Community Students Learning English. Families come for information and resources and end up students. Community Resources come to students as guest speakers, through workshops and onsite meetings with case managers. Barriers to education are addressed. – Childcare – Eye glasses – Transportation – Domestic Issues Students FAMILY education questions are answered. – Registration packets – GED/high school diploma – Financial aid – College options – Bus (city & school) schedule and service – School meals – Flyers – Parent nights – Sports/activities – Etc……………………….. Employment Opportunities. Healthcare is a HUGE issue. We have become experts in healthcare options. Budget Exposure of Adult Ed ESL Program leads to increased ADA. Connection/enrollment point for all ESL families seeking school sites = District ADA and retention. Magnet for supplemental money. – Invitations from other groups to join their grants and funding requests because we make their proposal more attractive given our ability to reach the ESL population – Invitation from the Workforce Investment Board to apply for $500,000 grant which was funded Budget Free or Inexpensive Staffing. – Puentes – Volunteer Center of the Redwoods – Cal Works work experience clients – Americorps – Humboldt State University Social Work, Psychology Interns – Community College Interns Less staff time coordinating support services. Agencies will seek YOU out. School District Increased enrollment/ADA. Retained ESL students. – Key indicator of student success and retention is parents being informed, employed, and having access to resources – Serve a liaison role between non English speaking families and the schools – Help provide interpreters at parent conferences Help with organizing mandated ESL parent meetings. – This is a great place to recruit adult school students Interpreter pool any school can access. Help meeting State and Federal mandates. Community Invitations to serve on committees. –Latino NET board –Steering committee for Health insurance initiatives –County Mental Health Board –Transportation Planning Committee –Rural Health Research Project –Hmong Resettlement Project Community Community Interfaces Health Care –Mobile Medical Unit –Healthy Kids –Healthy Families –Dental and Vision Assistance –Breast Health Project –Prenatal Classes –Hospital and clinic billing offices Community District Attorney's Office –Domestic Violence –Traffic offenses –Child custody, child support Worker’s Comp First 5 Humboldt Child Care Council Rape Crisis County Library Community Senior Resource Center Volunteer Center of the Redwoods Humboldt Literacy Project Planned Parenthood Parenting Skills Project Migrant Education Americorps Department of Social Services Lighthouse for the Blind Community Community College Recreation/Enrichment –Zoo –Fort Humboldt –Museums –Parks Cal Works Welfare to Work Workforce Investment Board From The Inside Out A Resource Center is not a mandated activity. Your funding source is not going to require this or tell you how to do it. You are the impetuous, the resource coordinator and the expert. You need to figure out which services are a win for you. You do not want to be the legal resource office if the time and $ outweigh the contribution to your mission. Do’s and Don’ts Do be ahead of the curve in addressing emerging needs. Do create a community resources database. Do use existing resources that share the same mission. Don’t develop your service strategies strictly around the requirements of your funding source. They don’t know your local needs. Do stay within the boundaries of all of your funding sources. Do share your resources with others. Food For Thought What needs exist, or are on the horizon, in your community that match the vision and resources of your organization?