Link with a Leader
Our Link with a Leader Program is designed to provide targeted students an opportunity to meet and learn about the world outside of school from members of the business community. Graduation coaches at the schools identify students who might be at risk of dropping out of school to participate, and volunteers challenge students to dream big and strive for excellence. These students benefit from connecting with successful role models and have the opportunity to attend events to help inspire them to succeed in college or career. Results indicated a positive impact on empowerment and self-esteem for participating students. This program serves 210 students per year at an annual cost per student of $25.00. Interested in volunteering?
SAIL & Senior Push
Each year in February, North Springs High School and Riverwood International Charter School counselors identify economically disadvantaged students who are on target to graduate, but do not have any post-secondary plans. Trained volunteers present options and assist students with post-secondary applications. SSEF provides funds for application fees as well as SAT/ACT fees for students needing financial assistance. As part of the program, representatives from local post-secondary institutions visit the school. As a result, approximately 84% of the SAIL students at Riverwood and 87% of Senior Push students from North Springs were accepted into colleges or vocational programs in recent years. These programs served 124 students at a cost per student of $40.00. Interested in volunteering?
This program connects business leaders to requests from our schools. Volunteers may speak at career/industry-centered events and lend their expertise to a particular classroom to enhance a unit of study. SSEF also connects members of our local business community to our students through various SSEF programs, including SAIL/Senior Push, Link with a Leader and After-School All-Stars. In addition, the community collaboration with our local businesses provides opportunities for our students to participate in career fairs, field trips and business sponsored workshops. This program serves 200 students annually at a cost of $30.00 per student. Interested in volunteering?
During the height of the pandemic during the 2020-21 school year, we launched a brand new tutoring program. This meaningful program has made a big difference for students and tutors! Implemented to reduce student learning loss during the pandemic, the virtual tutoring program matches a tutor with a student in glades 1-5. The tutor helps the student with math and reading lessons that teachers provide. In addition to helping with academic content, tutors form strong relationships with students and help make the sessions fun as well as educational. The program launched with tutors from Riverwood High School tutoring students at Ison Springs Elementary. There were 25 Ison students who participated in 2020-21. In 2021-22, we plan to expand the program to include tutors from North Springs and students from Dunwoody Springs Elementary School. This program runs from September through May. Interested in volunteering?