Students in Transition





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Soldotna

Total Budget: $9,900

Areas of Focus: Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Helping homeless high school students bridge the gap between school years and insure they stay in school and potentially thrive'

To assist homeless Western Kenai Peninsula teens who are attending Kenai Peninsula Borough schools by providing contacts with essential needs and mentorship and to assist them in becoming positive members of society, with knowledge that "Rotary cares". This project will work in conjunction with the District-wide Rotary Cares for Kids project as a further pilot project to assist homeless teens who are remaining in school despite their stressful current circumstances. Although many of these students also receive basic assistance from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during the school year, there is no assistance to them at allow between late May and late August when school is not in session. A secondary goal of this joint project will be to bridge that gap.

This is a joint project with the Kenai Rotary Club to assist throughout the Western Kenai Peninsula including Ninilchik through Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, and Sterling areas.

Humanitarian Objectives: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District currently identifies approximately 70 homeless high school students who have remained in school, but do not have a permanent or stable home environment. There is a federal program in place to help these children during the school year, but as soon as school is out they are no longer eligible for any services. These students have a high probability of making bad, potentially illegal choices over the course of the summer as they are in a very desperate place. By stepping in and providing essential needs and the opportunity to have a mentor that will give them encouragement and provide weekly meals and other essentials to them, we will:

A: Demonstrate to them that they have value and that they are not alone in their struggle

B: Partner with with Rotary Cares for Kids to provide them with immediately necessary items

for their physical well-being

C: Help them realize that they have potential and can even give back themselves

D: Encourage them to continue their education and strive for a better life for themselves

and the people they care about.

E: In addition, for students whose physical well-being is imminently threatened by the lack

of shelter, our intention is to evaluate the usefulness of the "shelter-coats" being

produced by a non-profit business-community effort to produce a product that helps

shelterless persons survive. By doing this, we will potentially reduce the number of

homeless adults in our area and break the cycle by assisting these youth to overcome

their present circumstances.

Active Rotarian Involvement:

I would ask Rotarians to go through the Rotary youth leadership training and background checks and then sign up to be matched with a teen as a mentor. This is a year long commitment to meeting with the teen at least once a week and spend a meal with them. Rotary will pay for that meal out of this grant as well as give homeless teens a gift card for individual Rotarian-determined need at each lunch get-together with these teens. We will become positive roll models and encourage them to emulate us and find a way to tap into their passion and help them pursue it.

Publicity Plan: We will create flyers to be given out to school counselors. We will ask participants to allow us to photograph some of the joint activities that we put together to help these kids participate in community projects, but mostly the youth will know that Rotary cared enough to give them time and not just money and that will have a ripple effect in our community.

Cooperating Organization: We will be working with the established Kenai Peninsula School Districts Student in Transition team - they will identify the youth and give them the life essentials packet and an invitation to contact Rotary for more support. We are hoping to partner with the Rotary Club of Kenai, but as of this submission had not received confirmation of their participation.

Each child will receive a necessity kit including the following:

1 quality backpack

1 towel

1 washcloth

toiletries to include: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant and maybe a hand lotion and probably a soft blanket (blankie- we very get to old for those)

I book - probably a "chicken soup for the soul" or an inspirational book and an amazon gift card for audio books.

We need to purchase approximately 70 of these based on current need.

In addition we have been asked for 5 shelter coats

Budget break down

Necessity kits $75 each X 70 = $5,250

Shelter Coats $129.99 each X 5 = $649.95

Food cards or other needed gift cards for students assuming 20 take advantage of mentoring option $200 per student over the course of the summer = $4,000

Total projected need = $9,899.95

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Soldotna

Primary Contact: Lara McGinnis

Email: laramcginnis@yahoo.com

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Vivian Finlay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Lara McGinnis.


by Vivian Finlay

System Entry: Project reverted to "Submitted" - Joe Kashi added to the list of signatories.


by Joe Kashi

System Entry: Project signed by Joe Kashi.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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