SWOP recently expanded its work with young people by being awarded the partnership with the Community Schools Initiative at Talman Elementary School. Talman has long been a member of SWOP and host to a large Parent Mentor Program. Over the summer, Principal Jacqueline Medina invited SWOP to join the school as a partner on the CPS funded program. The goal of the program is to improve students’ academic performance by offering before and after school programs and to increase parent engagement by offering activities for parents.
SWOP recently hired Ryan Theriault to be the Program Coordinator. Ryan is a graduate of Talman and has been working at the school for more than three years; first as a tutor and more recently in the school office. He brings energy and enthusiasm to the job and a deep commitment to the students, families, and community of Talman school.
The Community School program offers a wide variety of programming including algebra, academic tutoring, and sports; with a larger variety of programming coming within the next year. The programs are open to students of all ages and abilities. During the winter months, the program will help seventh and eighth graders prepare to make the transition to high school, and all students prepare for the PARCC test.
For more information on the Talman Community School Initiative, please contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org