The Governor’s Prevention Partnership (The Partnership) equips, empowers, and connects organizations, communities and families to prevent substance abuse, underage drinking and violence among youth and promotes positive outcomes for all young people in Connecticut. The Partnership’s EdCorpsCT will recruit 10 AmeriCorps members who will mentor and support 90 chronically tardy, absent, and behaviorally-referred third-eighth grade students at the Wish School in Hartford, CT in improving their school attendance and engagement. Chronic absenteeism, or missing more at least 10% of the school year, whether excused or unexcused, is a leading cause of low achievement and a powerful predictor of which students will eventually drop out of school. EdCorpsCT members will each be matched with nine students, and will work with school faculty and staff to support those students through daily engagement, home outreach, and referrals to wrap-around services as required. Mentoring serves as a powerful evidence-based strategy to reduce chronic absenteeism and promote positive youth outcomes.

Aristede Hill, EdCorpsCT Program Supervisor

(860) 523-8042;  aristede.hill@preventionworksct.org  

Governor’s Partnership to Protect Connecticut’s Workforce, 30 Jordan Lane, Wethersfield, CT  06109