Go Africa Network acknowledges the importance of implementing programs that seek to improve the academic and career outcomes of underserved students. We believe that interventions that are early, comprehensive, data driven and utilize the best available outcomes research can significantly improve student outcomes. With this in mind, Go Africa Network will partner with Middle School 334 to successfully implement the New York Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (NYGEAR UP).
Go Africa Network will collaborate with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), all identified partners (CUNY, SUNY and The College Board, ), students, families and community organizations to serve a cohort of 60 seventh grade students at MS 334. This cohort will be provided with early intervention services for six years (grades 7-12) in order to support significant improvement in postsecondary, college and career outcomes.
All collaborations and services provided will be geared towards meeting NYGEAR UP’s program objectives. Here, significant effort will be placed on working to improve postsecondary awareness, outcomes and participation (HESC, 2014). A critical aspect of this process will be to support students to gain personal-social skills that support persistence and self-awareness. It is hoped that these skills will improves their ability to complete postsecondary institutions and pursue careers consistent with their skills interest and the wider market forces.
In order to meet the above objectives Go Africa Network will provide services in the form of, tutoring/homework assistance, personal counseling, career counseling, parent engagement, college awareness, orientation, mentoring and assessment support. Services will coordinate to provide a comprehensive enrichment program designed to meet program goals.
Go Africa Network Inc. (a 501(c)(3) U.S. based non-profit), in concert with New York State Department of Health’s Division of Nutrition Bureau of Nutrition Risk Reduction endeavors to partner with school Districts Identified as High-risk by the New York State, Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention as in need of for preventing and addressing obesity related issues in New York State (NYS) schools districts .
Go Africa Network aim’s to partner with school districts with the aim of the following objectives:
Mobilize and collaborate school districts and communities by creating a coordinated, multi-sector effort to increase demand for and access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity, to reduce the risk of obesity in high-need communities and school districts.
Increase access to healthy, affordable foods (especially fruits and vegetables, low-sodium foods, and healthy beverages) and increase school districts’ ability to meet federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) nutrition standards for vending, a la carte, school stores, and other foods sold outside the school meal programs.
Establish Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs and implement and strengthen each of the five components:
quality physical education;
physical activity during school day;
physical activity before and after school;
Staff involvement; and
Family and community engagement.
Provide consistent, evidence-based standards for nutrition and physical activity to promote student wellness through the assessment, development, improvement, and implementation of the federally mandated Local School Wellness Policies.
Increase adoption and use of food standards and procurement policies (including criteria for sodium, saturated and trans fats, healthy beverages, and fiber) by venues reaching priority populations, including municipalities, community-based organizations, worksites, and/or hospitals