We are so proud of our Goal Card students!
This year, our program expanded to include another school district and is serving even more students in Shelby County.
Through the first report card period, we have had many new students enroll in the Goal Card program this year. Our students who were previously enrolle din the program have been saving their points, demonstrating that they are learning the concept of delayed gratification.
The second report card period is closing soon, so we are sure that there will be even greater successes to celebrate. This year, we have added midterm coaching in some schools as well.
We are proud of their improvements in grades, conduct, and attendance, as well as their commitment to set goals and work hard!
Last school year, our Goal Card program reached over 650 students in high poverty schools in Memphis.
We were so pleased to be able to provide the program to students at Melrose High School in the Orange Mound neighborhood starting last school year. Melrose was ranked in the bottom 5% of schools, so Goal Card was a natural fit - the program motivatd students to set goals and work towards them, while improving their conduct, grades, and attendance. We have been so proud to see these students work hard and earn incentives!
Word of our successes reached our neighbors in Fayette County, where the Superintendent invited RISE to start Goal Card programs at each of the junior high schools. We are honored to be invited to work with the students and are eager to work with the students to encourage high achievement!
The graduation rate for Goal Card students is 91% compared to 68% of students not enrolled in the program. This is the end result of students learning to take responsibility for the improvement of their grades, attendance, and conduct, as well as their hard work.
We have been asked to start Goal Card programs in additional schools. We need your support to continue to grow. There are many schools and students who would benefit from an extra boost to help them unlock their potential and achieve even more!
RISE has been celebrating Financial Literacy month throughout the month of April in all of our programs! Goal Card celebrated with our annual event for juniors and seniors, the "Planning Your Dreams" Forum.
This year, we had students from Melrose High School, KIPP Collegiate School, Booker T. Washington High School, and Southwind High School. The students worked together on activities that highlighted the costs of higher education, so that they were able to plan and make good choices as they prepared to apply to and to attend college.
The students also did price comparisions of "real world" financial situations, like buying a car or a home. They chose their dream items, researched the prices and payments, then compared them to the salaries in their chosen fields. The students were shocked to learn the cost of some of the cars that they wanted and what a big piece of their income those car payments would be!
The students also discussed the importance of searching for resources, like scholarships, to help them make the most of their opportunities.
Our volunteers, staff, and the students look forward to the event every year. It's always great to see the information "click" and to see the kids realize how much living expenses cost and how quickly their paychecks can be spent!
Your support helps us to have events like the Forum and to help our Goal Card students to learn money management skills that they often do not learn at home. Thank you for your support of Goal Card!
We just completed a busy week of report card redemptions in the Goal Card program! Our students brought their report cards and met with volunteer coaches, who helped them to tally up their points and set goals for the next 9 weeks.
We have over 500 students enrolled in the Goal Card program - more than 400 of those students banked their points this quarter! The students are learning to save their points, to use to buy something bigger and better for themselves at the end of the year.
One of the students shared that he thought about redeeming his points this quarter for headphones. He realized after talking with his Goal Card coach that he could save his points for this quarter and he would have enough points for a gift card, which he could use to buy his headphones AND music to listen to!
We are building a community of savers, who are learning important financial literacy concepts, like the importance of delayed gratification!
With the report card period around the corner, the RISE foundation and its Goal Card staff are working to get all the necessary forms in place to make the upcoming student report card event a success. This year, October 16th-23rd is the date of the first redemption week. It basically serves as a starting point from where students will be encouraged to improve upon for the remainder of the 2013-14 academic-year.
The up-coming Goal Card Redemption Week Dates are as follows:
Redemption Week#1—October 16th – 23rd
Redemption Week#2—January 15th – 22nd
Redemption Week#3—March 19th – 26th
Last year, just over 400 students between grades five through twelve participated in the Goal Card program. Records show there is a positive correlation between students attendance, conduct and grade performance. Also, Goal Card students seem to apply themselves more and perform better when coupled with an adult who is genuinely concerned and consistently encouraging student achievement.
In 2012-13, Goal Card students earned an average of $57 throughout the school year (14.25 per report card).
High expectations are placed on proper attendance, academic and behavioral standards. Students are expected to follow school rules at all times and to be where they are assigned to be according to their school schedule. In theory, this discipline combined with an optimistic attitude will likely lead to a positive exchange and productive result.
Thus, with more than 500 students in the fold and another site (Melrose High) added to the mix, there is certainly more to look forward this year…more of the same wonderful time of reaching out to young people, encouraging them to be their best academically and socially. Please feel free to come join us; you’ll be glad you did!!!
For more information on how you can become involved as a volunteer Goal Card Coach or assist with any of the RISE programs, please contact us at (901) 507-6644.
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