Back 2 Basics is a program that originated from the University of Minnesota that is intended to provide disengaged students the support that they require to both stay in school and graduate. We call this program Back 2 Basics or B2B because we believe it provides a structure that certain students require that is a more traditional approach to coaching, connecting, and remaining in regular contact with the student. It is an approach that believes that a student who becomes disengaged requires their entire school and family community to enable them to get back to the basics of their educational careers. The theme of B2B is that a disengaged student needs an overall sense that the school, family and people in the community care about their future and is doing something to help them. Once in place, the student will respond to the connections and improve their lives.
Students selected are generally students that are in high school or alternative high schools that do not participate in most school activities. They may have difficulties at home, may come from disadvantaged backgrounds but most importantly, have been recognized with the capacity to re-engage and become successful. Included in the program is the opportunity to work and get paid in an internship related to their career choice (if the student is not in school or in an Alternative High School program) if possible. The student can work while going to school through the Department of Labor’s Workforce Improvement Act funding or be directly employed by an employer and CEO will provide any necessary supports. Career exploration and employment development are a strong structural component of the program.
Goals of the Program:
* The student remains in school and graduates from high school.
* Students engage in less behavioral issues and improve their grades.
* Student attendance and on time performance improves.
* Completion of student assignments including homework and projects improve.
* Student is more engaged in overall school activities or career activities that lead to a more productive lifestyle.
* Families are in touch with student activities and grades.