Donor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health – Youth Empowerment Program
Program Coordinators: Cynthia Jetter, Karlene Burrell-McRae, Cheryl Jones-Walker
Departments: Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility;
Black Cultural Center; Education Department
Award Date: 8/17/2012
The Blueprints mentoring program, now in its third iteration, is one of just six programs nationwide to be awarded this highly competitive five-year grant. Program partners are Swarthmore’s Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and the Black Cultural Center, The Crozer-Chester Wellness Center, Chester Upland School District and area charter schools, and The College Access Center of Delaware County. Blueprints III will serve 50 Chester Upland School District middle- and high-school students who had one or more risk factors for school drop-out prior to joining the program. The program builds on the six-year success of two prior Blueprints grants that saw 25 students through to graduation from high school and on to admission to college. Designed primarily by the Crozer Wellness Center’s Kate Blackburn, the current grant enables program partners, with the significant contributions of Blueprints Project Director Ashley Henry and the Swarthmore student mentors, to provide Blueprints students with mentoring, personal development, career/college exploration, and cultural and academic support. The long-term goal is for participants to graduate high school on time, transition to college or professional training, and reduce participation (if any) in risk-taking behavior. Short-term goals include improved academic outcomes, strengthened connections to supportive adults and positive peers, and improved leadership and workforce skills.
Project Period: 9/1/2012-8/31/2017