The Tucson Community Schools Initiative was born out of the 2014 Tucson Mayor’s Poverty Commission which identified the community school model as an effective strategy to address poverty. Currently, 6 full-time and 10 part-time AmeriCorps members are placed at 10 high schools, middle schools, and K-8 schools in the Sunnyside Unified, Tucson Unified, and Chicanos Por La Causa districts.
So far, the Community Schools Initiative has:
- Supported 85% of students graduating from high school by connecting them with a post graduation opportunities
- Helped increase the rate of graduating seniors completing the FAFSA to 43.96%.
- Engaged 705 volunteers to provide tutoring, mentoring, and assistance with school initiatives.
- Hosted resource nights where families can access tax assistance, SNAP and AHCCCS enrollment, and FAFSA assistance.
Through partnerships with La Frontera and Higher Ground, members are trained and supported in specific interventions to reduce chronic absenteeism. Additional members are placed at partner agencies, higher education institutions, and government offices to foster improved access to community resources.