Activities and services available to students, parents and all Flint residents include community engagement, sports and physical activity, nutrition education, garden education and community gardens, health care services, after-school programming, job development and literacy programs.
The development of additional programs will be driven by community feedback. Community School Directors at each school will work with principals, parents, students and neighborhood residents to determine the best strategy for each school’s needs.
The Community Education Initiative is a collaborative of partner organizations, with the Crim Fitness Foundation as lead agency, that will help schools create a sustainable community-wide system of support for students and families. Support is provided by the Flint Community Schools, City of Flint, C.S. Mott Foundation and United Way of Genesee County. This will result in stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, access to higher performing schools for all students and, ultimately, student academic achievement and success.
With the initiative’s expansion this school year came the creation of the Flint Community School Corps, a team of 34 individuals including a Community School Corps Manager and 33 AmeriCorps Service Members dedicated to assisting in the implementation of the project. Each year, more schools will join the initiative.
“We’re excited to be able to provide programming, activities and resources that help eliminate barriers to success for students and families,” said Lauren Holaly, Vice President/Community Schools Coordinator at the Crim Fitness Foundation. “This isn’t just about before-and after-school programming. It’s about creating a community-wide system of support.”
Contact the Community Education Office at the school of your choice to learn what’s available to you.