This grant would be used to implement Everyday Leadership at two Title I, low-income schools in the Caldwell School district - Wilson Elementary and Washington Elementary. Approximately 40 students would benefit.
This program was started in the Boise school district by the Boise Metro Rotary club and has been expanded into the Caldwell school district for the last couple of school years at Wilson Elementary. This past year ('21-'22), the Caldwell Rotary Club has taken over the administration and funding of the program and will be adding another school for the coming year (Washington Elementary).
The program was designed for and is quite effective at increasing the odds that low-income students will succeed scholastically and professionally by equipping them with life skills (leadership, teamwork, communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, and decision making) and building their self-confidence.
This is a collaborative effort uniting the resources of (1)School teachers and principals, (2)Caldwell School District directors, (3) Treasure Valley YMCA staff and (5) Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Caldwell and Boise Metro.
The grant would be used to provide school teachers and YMCA instructors to lead 13 leadership classes and two community service projects in each school. The funds would also be used to fund field trips and an end-of-session 1-day camp/lock-in at the Caldwell YMCA.
Rotarians play a central role in organizing, facilitating and funding the project. During the school year, 10-15 Rotarians meet with the students to discuss what they are learning and how they are using their new insights. Rotarians also provide logistical and transportation assistance as needed throughout the year.
The program has been very successful and is enthusiastically supported by the School District and the School administrators. Grades have increased, behavioral problems have decreased, and many of the participants have gone on to accelerated learning programs in junior high school.