The Charles Stuart Mott Foundation’s New Day for Learning initiative is encouraging the Charleston County School District to think big. A team at the school district offices has been considering how to deepen their strategic engagement with local nonprofit organizations. The potential for annual funding in excess of $500,000 by the Mott Foundation (matched by local dollars to become a total of $1,000,000) is catalyzing conversations about how to surround students with services provided by nonprofit partners. An afternoon’s worth of brainstorming yielded the sloppy white board diagram shown above. In short, three neighborhoods create “one-stop shopping” facilities for students in need of assistance.
Help would be provided in a variety of areas including leadership training, healthcare, literacy, and new ways of involving parents in their children’s education, among others. These centers draw the surrounding community into the schools and build upon the proven successes of the local nonprofits.