Achievers For Life (AFL) is a dropout prevention initiative developed and funded by the United Way of Northeast Florida, in partnership with Communities In Schools of Jacksonville along with Jewish Family and Community Services to carry out the Achievers For Life strategy in Duval County.
Achievers For Life targets sixth grade students exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement including low GPAs, low FCAT scores and excessive absences. Achievers For Life provides integrated, safety net services to students and families at seven middle schools in Duval county.
One of the most difficult transitions in school occurs between elementary and middle school. Research has shown that a student who fails to promote on-time to 7th grade has an 85% chance of dropping out of high school. Achievers For Life is designed to develop the necessary skills and behaviors among targeted students so they will be promoted on-time and be successful in school and beyond.
Once students are selected for Achievers For Life, their families agree to receive assistance and guidance from a family advocate provided by Jewish Family and Community Services. Family Advocates meet regularly with families, helping them progress toward social goals and connecting them with social services as needed.
Students are also assigned an Achievement Advocate through Communities In Schools. Achievement Advocates meet regularly with their students and encourage them to reach mutually established goals, while closely monitoring students’ attendance, classroom behavior and academic progress.
In addition, students are matched with pre-screened Achievement Mentors. These mentors are caring adult volunteers from the community who meet with their students on campus, one hour per week during the school year.
- Achievers For Life is a United Way of Northeast Florida developed and funded initiative. United Way selected Communities In Schools of Jacksonville and Jewish Family and Community Services as partners to provide services to students and families.
- Achievers For Life began in 2007 and is currently serving over 800 students and their families.
-Achievers For Life is in seven Duval County Middle Schools: Arlington, Ft. Caroline, Matthew Gilbert, JEB Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Northwestern, Ribault and Stilwell.
- During the 2011-2012 school year, 97% of students participating in Achievers for Life were promoted to the seventh grade on time.
Q: How are students selected to participate in Achievers For Life?
A: A student can be selected to participate in Achievers For Life, if they are a rising or current 6th grader exhibiting risk factors of school disengagement (low GPA/ FCAT scores, excessive absences), or they can be referred by the school’s principal.
Q: My child would benefit from Achievers For Life. How can I get help?
A: Parents or guardians can contact Communities In Schools at (904) 366-6350 to receive further information about the program and the enrollment process.
Q: How can I become an Achievement Mentor?
A: If you are interested in becoming an Achievement Mentor, you can download a mentor application from the Volunteer or Mentor page. Once completed, email the application to Achievers For Life, email@example.com, fax it to 904-366-6360 or mail it to the Communities In Schools office. Once received, a mentor recruiter will contact you to schedule training and background screening. Once cleared, the Achievement Mentor will be matched with an Achievers For Life student.