About UsThe Youth Development and Family Services (YDFS) is responsible for the integration and management of student and family support services to enhance students' social-emotional and academic performance. Our goal is to produce productive members in society, future leaders and life long learners.The Department offers a wide range of comprehensive services and strategies with opportunities for removing the complex factors that interfere with learning. YDFS encompasses Student Leadership Congress, Camp Good Days Leadership Institute, Attendance Initiative, Community Partnerships and the Office of Parent Engagement.For more information, contact the Student and Family Support Services Executive Office at 262-8213; or contact individual offices at the numbers below. If you would like to view each department's individual webpages, please click the links below:Student Leadership CongressEngage students by working with Principals and their designees to establish meaningful student government organizations at schools. The Student Leadership Congress (SLC) is designed to ensure that student voice is amplified from the respective schools to the Superintendent and Board of Education. The SLC leader functions as the student representative on the Board of Education, and makes a student report at each board meeting. The SLC is comprised of students from the various high schools. The SLC holds monthly meetings at Central Office. Included in these responsibilities is the coordination of an end of year culturally enrichment trip for the SLC leadership.
Camp Good Days Leadership CampOne week summer leadership camp for 70-80 district students who are transitioning from 6th to 7th grade. The camp is held in August each year. The students are generally selected by the schools. A series of orientation meetings are coordinated to explain the camp objectives and required documentation to parents and guardians. These meetings are held monthly starting in February and culminate in July. There is an expressed expectation that students become leaders in their various schools. Their attendance, behavior and academic results are monitored throughout the year as a means to validate the efficacy of the camp.
Attendance InitiativeSignificant in creating and maintaining awareness amongst the overall community regarding the correlation between attendance and academic achievement. It also encompasses working with the community (private, public, and faith based organizations, etc.) on an ongoing basis to develop and carry out specific actions aimed at removing barriers to improved student attendance that many families face. Knowledge of national best practice trends in attendance is required.
Office of Parent Engagement (OPE) Phone: 324-9999The Office of Parent Engagement seeks to help schools and parents work together for student achievement through support systems by programs and standards established by the National PTA. This area offers a wide variety of courses and workshops for parents throughout the year and shares resources with parents. OPE offers administrative support to the District-wide Parent Council, PTA, PTSA, PTO and School-Based Planning Teams.
Represents the district as the ROC the Future Attendance Collaborative Action Network (CAN) leader.
Monthly attendance blitzes where district staff and community members
Monthly Key Leaders meetings to seek feedback and share data with various community leaders (public, private, faith-based, and community based organizations) regarding strategy implementation and outcomes.