By Carissa Woytach, United Way of Greater Cleveland Staff Writer
The Broadway P-16 program in the Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood was recognized for its efforts to provide families with financial stability to boost academic performance. It is a collaborative effort between several organizations, which convene under the guidance of the Third Federal Foundation, and intersect with several United Way of Greater Cleveland programs.
Playing a part in Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) “Plan for Transforming Schools,” organizations such as Cleveland Housing Network collaborate to lower student mobility.
It is based on an effort organized by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, which collects school ratings and provides resources for parents to choose the best schools for their children, as well as measuring CMSD’s progress. P-16 also connects with United Way of Greater Cleveland’s wraparound strategy, as it supports two schools implementing the strategy – Fullerton School of Academics and Mound.
The wraparound strategy places an on-site resource coordinator at 25 CMSD schools. This coordinator works to address social problems impacting a student’s academic performance and connect families to community resources.
P-16 connects several support agencies together, including the Literacy Cooperative, Slavic Village Development Corp., Boys & Girls Club and Cleveland Housing Network’s Family Stability Initiative.
Recognition comes for the Broadway P-16 Program, now in its fifth year, boosting student success from kindergarten to college. At Fullerton, a wraparound kindergarten-through-eighth school, an article recognized the steps that Cleveland Housing Network’s Family Stability Initiative took to keep a family in their home, from helping with rent to providing resources towards stable employment.
The Family Stability Initiative is designed to reduce student mobility by providing families with support towards financial stability. This program is supported in part by United Way’s Community Impact income strategy – designed to help families break the poverty cycle and attain financial stability by securing stable employment and managing and saving money.
The Family Stability Initiative provides resources to struggling families including help with rent payment, employment opportunities and connecting them to wider support networks.
The P-16 program is specific to the Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood, but combines organizations and efforts across the city to stabilize families.