Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) Work in Pueblo and SC BOCES Districts  

Last week, Generation Schools Network (GSN) kicked off programming for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (EARSS) grant provided to rural Colorado Districts in partnership with the South Central Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SC BOCES). As a part of these services, GSN and the SC BOCES have hired and trained three full-time itinerant Advocates who travel between nine school districts in south central Colorado (near and outside of Pueblo) to meet the needs of students at-risk of not finishing their education. Ashleigh Valentine, GSN's project manager for EARSS, is pictured here collaborating with the principals from the districts served. Everyone involved is very excited about better supporting the 135 youth who will be beneficiaries of the program over the next three years.  The Advocates, supported by GSN, meet weekly with the students, identify and address barriers to educational success, provide social and emotional supports, engage their families, and connect them to local resources. 
Generation Schools Network AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 18th, three Generation Schools Network AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers served at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club alongside sixteen other VISTA members for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. The 16 other VISTA members stemmed from other local Denver nonprofits including the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, Community Resource Center, and Campus Compact of the Mountain West. Projects included conducting mock interviews for older youth and assisting in games and art projects for school-aged youth. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service is a yearly endeavor of the Corporation for National & Community Service to encourage American Citizens to serve together on MLK Day in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brooklyn Generation School Student Comes Back to Give Back  

In 2013, Cassandra St Cyr graduated from Brooklyn Generation School (BGS). After two years away from BGS and with a few semesters of college under her belt, she returned to support the community from which she drew support. Cassandra came back to give back. 

"I wasn't supposed to be here" Cassandra stated during her visit,  recalling the auspicious circumstances that led her to Brooklyn Generation.  "It wasn't my first choice," she continued.  "I came here [to BGS] with my cousin for an open house, and a student convinced us to put the school down on our applications."  That student, according to Cassandra, sold her on the school's robust student life and supportive school structure.  When she started at BGS in 2009, however, she remembers BGS being a bit different.  "I was surprised to be honest. BGS was nothing like high schools were on TV. I thought it was going to be more like Degrassi with lockers in the hallway, cool clubs, and an open community."  At first, Cassandra felt like her experience wasn't whole. When Principal Lydia Colon Bomani took over leadership in 2010, Cassandra saw a change and opportunity. In fact, Principal Bomani and the staff would pave the way for Cassandra's immense personal development... Click here to read more!
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