Community Engagement Boards meet with youth and families that are referred by their district. They listen and talk with them to try to figure out what is getting in the way of the student attending school; they make recommendations to the family and the school for steps to take to improve attendance. We are seeking volunteers to serve in this capacity.
Our mission is simple. Improving school attendance by using best practices that incorporate the following:
- Developing a system for finding solutions to prevent truancy
- Improving school engagement
- Reducing drop out rates
- Increasing access to outside service providers
- Using an interdisciplinary approach to collaborate and coordinate with local community, businesses, non-profit groups, schools and court staff.
We are looking for community members who are committed to making a difference in student-school participation. Ideal volunteers will:
- Have an interest in working with students and the community
- Demonstrate respect for the rights of students and their family
- Be non-judgmental toward the students and families they are are working with
- Have the ability to actively listen and communicate clearly with students and their families
- Be able to identify the problems that are contributing to truancy and recommend services that will address the problem areas
- Contribute to creating an equitable and inclusive experience for each student and their family to address possible barriers such as preferred languages or limited transportation
- Collaborate with students and families to create a support plan to address each unique set of circumstances
Community Engagement Board meetings are scheduled when school is in session on Wednesdays from 8:15am-12:15pm at the Learning Services Center located at 1620 S. Pioneer Way; Moses Lake, WA 98837. Volunteers will be trained prior to serving on the board.
For more information, contact Attendance & Family Services Program Coordinator, Macy Britt, at 509.793.7630.