“More than 97 percent of these students lived in poverty, 70 percent had reported family histories of alcohol abuse and 56 percent had reported family histories of drug abuse. According to a survey of teachers whose students were enrolled in the program: “71 percent saw an improvement in self-confidence, 64 percent in a sense of belonging to the school, 63 percent in class participation, 63 percent in relationships with peers and 51 percent in academic performance.” The program is still seeking out mentors, hoping to continue services after Community Connectors expires.”

Press release: R Street Civil Society Series: Ohio’s Community Connectors Program

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