NAACP National Education Program strives to ensure that all students have access to an equal and high-quality public education by eliminating education-related racial and ethnic disparities in our public schools.
The Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Program has been in existence for over 25 years in the Springfield Branch NAACP. The Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Program was created in response to alarming high school dropout rates. Understanding the correlation between education and life-long earnings and the need to maximize the human potential. The program’s goals are to increase the human potential and the number of skilled and literate African American youth graduating from high school by providing them with mentoring, tutoring, remedial assistance and incentives for maintaining regular attendance.
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Enrollment: 17 students are currently enrolled at the BTS/SIS Program (16 high school students and 1 middle school student). This includes: 9 seniors, 2 juniors, 3 sophomores, 2 freshmen, and 1 eighth grade student.
Semester I (Finals and Classes) ended on January 15, 2016. Students began their third quarter work on January 19, 2016.
Our seniors were given the opportunity to travel to Lincoln Land Community College for a “FAFSA Friday” event on January 29, 2016. This field trip included a free workshop for students who needed to complete their financial aid paperwork for college this fall.
Upcoming trips include: (2/3/16) a concert for the band “Chahrm” as well as Black History Month cultural activities at LLCC campus and (2/10/16) “Soup and a Story” event at LLCC campus.
The BTS/SIS students will have the chance to learn more about life as an attorney if they are interested in participating in mock trial. Assistant United States Attorney Crystal Correa will be visiting the school on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 to discuss these opportunities for our students.
We are currently working to establish a monthly mentoring program with the students from SIU School of Medicine. They have already visited our students and have stated that they are willing to serve as mentors going forward.
We are proud to say that we have a 99% graduation rate. Student graduate or return to their home school after successfully completing the Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Program.
The NAACP works to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Our ultimate goal is that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy.
To achieve these goals, the Education Committee of the national board, in concert with education chairs and leaders from across the Association, have settled upon a four-prong strategy to improve educational achievement for disadvantaged students:
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