School District partnership
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How did we start?
Since 2014, the Do What U Luv Foundation (a registered charity), now called "Afterschool Guide (by DWUL Foundation)," has been working closely with the SD43 Community Connections team with support from the Leadership Team (Rob Zambrano) to develop a universal strategy for afterschool programs. - Starting with a few big questions to explore and co-create solutions that are "good for all (everyone can benefit) and essential to some (the most vulnerable population)":
"How can we support all schools and families with programs they need, afterschool, and in the community?"
"How can families and schools better help themselves if nothing else is available."
"How to extend the culture and values of what we learned from Community-Schools to all schools."
"How to reduce cost and workload through technology, improve efficiency, and increase capacity for everyone."
"How to redefine the way “we” (public opinion) understand vulnerability, not just income."
After piloting for more than 4-years to create an "online platform for community-based education" and helping schools provide afterschool programs since 2014, we have entered an official MOU with the SD43-Leadership team to make it available to all 70 schools.
Besides the DWUL online platform, we helped to develop affordable partnership programs. In the two years before March 2020 (COVID-19), DWUL facilitated 400+ programs and 5,000+ registrations with 25 schools and 20 program partners.
1. Online listing and registration - Free and fee-based programs
Free for free programs, low-cost for fee-based programs. No fees for refunds/cancellations.
Simple, effective, easy link sharing, automated reports, reduce paperwork, save time
Available to all program and service providers, school admin, coordinator, managers
2. Partnership programs for "Public Schools"
Access "vetted" afterschool programs (approved by Afterschool Guide/ DWUL and District). We help recruit, review, onboard, provide the registration system/ support.
Schools without district support or community-school programs can access safe and affordable programs.
Program partners can donate 10% of all registration spots to support vulnerable families in exchange for audience and space from 3-5 pm.
3. Resources and tools for "Community Schools"
Access to our online registration system to collect registration and get reports (automation)
Connect with existing "vetted programs" for community-school programs
When families need programs and services that are not available in Community-Schools - direct them to DWUL
4. Online Community Directory updated by the community
Gather, verify, and list all programs services for children and youth ages 0-18.
More than Community Center and Library "resource guides," limited to free/low cost (long waitlists).
We support Free and fee-based activities and do not discriminate. All families deserve support, regardless of background or postal code.
5. Online onboarding for schools and partners (in exploration)
Program partner applications, school requests, onboarding, online modules, in partnership with the district
For new and existing school partners, program providers, instructors
People come and go, effectively bring everyone to the same page