By Jaleesa Hall
We are in the process of securing another partnership school in Ward 7 entitled H.D. Woodson High School starting in Spring 2019 through Fall 2019. At that time, we plan to measure our success by using an initial, mid-point and final evaluation by surveys of participating students to assess the programs efficacy in helping them develop targeted skill sets. Surveys include multiple choice and free-form elements designed to cover the three themes of college, career, and community in module one to gauge Raising A Village’s ability to assist with curriculum and program objectives and to seek insights for improvements.
By Jaleesa Hall
This semester, we planned to launch our program at Friendship Collegiate Academy, located in the Ward 7 corridor of Northeast Washington, D.C. At the beginning of the summer, we created an advisory board to develop a series of recommendations designed to improve the implementation of the project and to inform all partners on the ways to work collaboratively. The committee was created with the help of the Principal and Academic Director of Friendship Collegiate Academy, the Founder of Raising A Village Foundation, and the Interim Director of the Institute for Community Engagement. This committee initiated an asset-mapping approach to do three things: (1) a preliminary search to understand the landscape of the surrounding neighborhood of the school, (2) staff interviews to assess the needs and wants of all partners, (3) school interviews to round out conversations directly with Friendship Collegiate Academy teachers and administrators in order to gather information about immediate classroom needs.
By Mark Bacolod
Preparation. To set apart for a time when the prepared is ready for use. As I sit and type I think about Holiness and its similarities to preparation. Among the many emotions that come with working through this Change Makers ministry and upcoming project – Fear has crept in. What if I can’t get it together? What if I get it together and it’s no good or unclear? How do I separate performance from preparation? How do I put the fear in it’s place and see it as another form preparation?