Family & School Services (FSS) provide family centered help designed to improve academic success and strengthen families while building character, social competency and bolstering relationships between the student, family and school.
Facilitators and caseworkers meet with students and their families after school and in the evening, the peak time for juvenile crime and risky behaviors, providing interactive programs that focus on preventing delinquency. Program teams work with students that struggle with specific challenges, such as social competency, academic performance, truancy and lack of parent involvement.
Evidence based programs help mitigate youth violence and provide intervention strategies for at risk students in low income/high crime neighborhoods, giving them the support and skills they need to succeed.
Families served by this program are some of the most vulnerable in the community. They include children who have been sexually or physically abused, children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence, and children at-risk of abuse or severe neglect due to increased stress caused by a family crisis.
The primary focus for FSS families is to help their child succeed in school and life. Working with trained, licensed educators and social workers, teachers and school administrators, families target the specific needs of their child students. The collaborative team works to help the child attain his or her individual academic goals.
Through education support, socialization and community building activities, FSS enables students, teachers, parents/caregivers and caseworkers to work toward goals that benefit not only the student and family, but also build a stronger, better community.
A case in point is William, a student at Meyzeek Middle School in the historically African-American Smoketown community near downtown Louisville. The FBI ranks the neighborhood as the 14th most dangerous in the United States.
William has special needs and resisted FSS programs and help by acting out and refusing to participate. After three years of FSS support and guidance, with help from school and his family, William today happily participates and has the skills and tools to succeed in high school.
FSS programs provide positive solutions to the negative issues at-risk students face every day, and engage young boys and girls in highly structured enrichment activities to help them develop positive values, social competencies and positive identities. All contribute to success in school and, later, in life.