YMCA OF DANE COUNTY SUN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
A partnership of individuals and organizations working to provide quality out-of school programs focusing on positive child and youth development while meeting the community’s needs for keeping kids safe and families engaged.
What is a Community School?
A community school is a public school that acts as the hub of its neighborhood by engaging community resources that offer on-site programs and services that support the success of students and their families. The community schools model is often characterized by these four components:
A partnership between a school and at least one community based organization.
Development of an advisory board with board representation from the community.
Programs and services that support the academic success of students.
A full-time community school director or coordinator to facilitate all out-of-school time activities.
Community schools focus on the whole child by providing resources to support academics, health, wellness and social services. The end goals of Community Schools are tangible and crucial to the future of the community. The goals are:
Children are ready and able to learn when they enter school and everyday thereafter, achieving high standards.
Young people are well prepared to be productive adults on the workplace and at their homes.
Families and neighborhoods are reconnected, safe, supportive and engaged.
Parents and community members are involved with school and life-long learning.
Program Partners Include:
Access Community Health
Baile Latino Culture Connection
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
City of Sun Prairie
Crossroads of Sun Prairie
Dane County Neighborhood Intervention Program
Early Childhood Intervention
Family Services of Madison - PICADA
Forwards Service Corporation
Girls on the Run
Great Lakes Higher Education
Heartland Community Church
Joining Forces for Families
Schools of Hope
Summit Credit Union
Sun Prairie Area School District
Sun Prairie Early Childhood Zone
Sun Prairie Police Department
Sun Prairie Youth and Family Commission
The Colonial Club
United Way Play and Learn
Urban League of Greater Madison
U.W. Extension Dane County
YMCA of Dane County
Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin
Bank of Sun Prairie
Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School Student Council
Girls on the Run finished its first season at Buena Vista Community School. Over a period of 10-12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.