The Student Enrichment Program (SEP) is the original program that Communities In Schools began in Jacksonville schools more than 20 years ago. With activities that lie at the heart of the CIS philosophy, SEP places full and part-time Site Coordinators on school campuses throughout Duval County. Site Coordinators work with principals, teachers and guidance counselors to stabilize students who are at risk of falling behind or dropping out of school.
Major funding for SEP sites comes from grants provided by AT&T, The DuBow Family Foundation, Duval County Public Schools, The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, Volunteer USA, The Weavers Scholars Philanthropic Fund, The Jim Moran Foundation, and United Way of NE Florida.
Site Coordinators are embedded in 18 public schools including three elementary schools, five middle schools, eight high schools and an alternative education center . A Site Coordinator works individually with 100 to 150 students. These students are counseled individually and in group sessions throughout the year enabling them to realize their goals and providing students with the life skills they need to reach their goals. Home visits and parental involvement are essential parts of the program, and Site Coordinators also connect students to needed community resources.
While Site Coordinators work individually with select students from the school’s student body, hundreds of others are reached through school-wide services such as career fairs, men’s and ladies’ seminars and literacy programs.
SEP also comprises of specialized programs that utilize Site Coordinators to assist students and youth in Duval County schools:
Bridge to Success: Funded by DCPS, the Bridge to Success Program provides Site Coordinators who work with student currently over-age for their grade level. Site Coordinators address all barriers to graduation and provide individuals with the support to help them graduate on time and ready to fulfill their college and career goals.
SOAR: Funded by Volunteer USA and the Florida Department of Education, SOAR stands for Students-Outreach-Attendance-Results. Students at Matthew Gilbert Middle, Northwestern Middle, Raines High, and Eugene Butler Middle will be assigned a case manager, known as a Mentor Leader, who will work with the students to create and fulfill a plan for success. Mentor Leaders will also coordinate activities and resources with community partners to create a network for the students as well as will be committed to increasing parent investment and buy-in to raise student attendance. Home visits, parent contacts and fostering quality relationships with the parents or guardians of each student will assist the program in reducing student absences.
Diplomas Now: In partnership with City Year, Talent Development and DCPS, the Diplomas Now Program sets goals based on students’ attendance, behavior and course performance. Site Coordinators provide school-wide prevention and climate support as well as case management and high intensity support for the most challenged students in order to address the underlying issues hindering their success.
During the 2012-13 school year, SEP Site Coordiantors provide services to 1,594 students in Duval County schools.
In the 2012-13 school year, 94 percent of students in the SEP program were promoted to the next grade level.
SEP was highlighted in The Florida Times-Union series on public education called “City of Hope” and was identified as one of “Ten Reason to Hope: Who’s Helping and What Could Work.”
Q: How many years has the Student Enrichment Program been in Duval County schools?
A: The SEP program has been serving students and their families for more than 20 years.
Q: How many students has the SEP program serviced?
A: During the past ten years, our SEP student advocates have worked with more 15,000 students in Duval County schools.
Q: How can a student become a part of the Student Enrichment Program?
A: Students are most often referred to Site Coordinators by teachers, faculty, guidance counselors and administrative staff at the school they attend.
Q: How can my child become a part of this program?
A: If you feel your child could benefit from becoming a part of the Student Enrichment Program, feel free to contact your school’s administration or contact Communities In Schools’ offices.