Forward Promise Innovation Grantee: $500,000 over 30 months
John C. Fremont High School is the largest urban school in the nation to go through a major restructuring process in order to turn around chronic overcrowding and underperformance. Community Coalition organized students and parents to create a set of innovative Community Recommendations for Fremont, which included: 1) comprehensive mental wellness programming 2) a career academy, and 3) a dropout prevention program. Cross-sector collaborations facilitated by the Coalition are now sustainably implementing these recommendations. The Coalition helped to put restorative justice policies in place, and played a significant role in winning a federal GEAR-UP grant that has provided resources to Fremont and its feeder, Bethune Middle School. Community Coalition is optimistic that the same approach could be replicated at nearby Dorsey High.
RWJF will invest in Community Coalition’s community-driven school reform model and will support evaluation efforts to assess health, social, and education program outcomes for young men of color. Funding will specifically support an assessment for strategic expansion to Dorsey High, including asset-mapping and social investigation to identify community resources, a needs assessment with students and parents, an outcome evaluation, and the development of relationships with Dorsey administrators and local community-based organizations to implement reforms.