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Wilson County Department of Social Services Success in School NC Committee on Dropout Prevention.

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1 Wilson County Department of Social Services Success in School NC Committee on Dropout Prevention

2 Target Group: Teenage Custodial Parents receiving child care subsidy assistance and enrolled in public school.

3 Success In School Initiative

4 Critical Risk Factors Breakdown of Family Poverty Substance abuse Criminal Activity Teen Parent Mental Health/Behavioral Issues Poor Academic Performance Poor Attendance

5 It all starts with the teen How will I manage school and a baby? I get no support from my family. How am I going to afford diapers? We are broke now as it is. Some people tell me I will never finish school. I have goals I want to reach!

6 Program Services – Intense Case Management Weekly, Bi-weekly or monthly contact School and/or home visits as needed Other communication efforts (monthly newsletters, texting, texting texting!) Time Management Planning SMART Goal Setting Repeat Pregnancy and Family Planning Counseling Financial Education

7 Program Services – Incentives and Motivations Incentives/rewards School supplies Other miscellaneous items (alarm clocks, tote bags, lanyards, pens, cups etc)

8 Program Services – Job readiness and employment Summer Job readiness class (M.O.R.E class) Referrals to Teen Employment Mentoring Program (TEMP) Summer Employment Opportunities (as funding allows)

9 Program Services – Other support services Transportation Assistance Referrals to Tutoring Intervention Services Collaboration, communication and advocating w/ school system

10 Teen Employment Mentoring Program

11 7 employers provide employment mentoring 15 at-risk teens enrolled -3 dropped out (program and school) -2 terminated from mentoring/employment due to severe character flaw but continue to remain in school 67% remain in school and/or graduated Teen Employment Mentoring Program

12 Results Matter! 4 Year Cohort Graduation Rates

13 Annual High School Dropout Rate for Wilson County

14 CONTACT INFORMATION Success In School: Tiffany HeffingtonNekia Lyons (252) (252) TEMP Program: Susan Parker (252)


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