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SWOP Wins Sustainable Community Schools Funding For Morrill

SWOP recently received word from the Chicago Public Schools that it will be a recipient of Sustainable Community Schools funding for its work at Morrill Elementary School.  SWOP staff people Jasmine Serrano and Joel Rodriguez are partnering with Principal Dawn Sydnor-Cole to implement expanded and new out-of-school time programming at the school.

Parents, school staff, partners from Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), and SWOP staff are spending the week of August 20th in training provided by CPS.  At the end of the training, this team and others will make decisions about the specific programs to be implemented over the coming year.  All the new work will build on SWOP’s Teen REACH, Parent Mentor Program, and Southwest System of Care as well MFS’s Community Schools Initiative programing.  The team hopes to add additional after-school options for early grades and middle school students, support for behavioral health services, and mentorship for young people.

For more information on SWOP’s Sustainable Community Schools program, contact Jasmine Serrano at jserrano@swopchicago.org or 773-471-8208 ext. 125 or Joel Rodriguez at jrodriguez@swopchicago.org or ext. 112.



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