Model Program

10-to-Succeed

San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street, Room 2121
San Diego, CA 92103
http://www.sandi.net

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Contact Information:
Mrs. Rebecca F. Phillpott
Program Manager, Dropout Prevention
619.725.5595
bphillpott@sandi.net

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Urban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

low grades, poor attendance, behavioral referrals

Description:

10-to-Succeed is a school based mentoring/leadership development program for ninth grade girls and boys considered to be disengaged from school based on poor attendance, lack of academic progress, and behavior referrals including out-of-school suspensions. The program is a blend of the traditional school mentoring approach and the community mentoring model. Frequent data collection, academic monitoring, social activities and adult/parent/community mentor relationships are program components.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Family/Parental Involvement, Literacy Development, Service Learning, Virtual Learning

Starting Date: 2008
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Last Verified: 2011

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

School factors

  • Race/ethnicity

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

School

  • Early warning systems
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $200,000 - $500,000 or $1000 - $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
School Districts
Foundations
Donations

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Graduation Coaches
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention City of San Diego, Urban League of San Diego County, Althetes for Education, the Children's Initiative, Youth Action Board, Blacks in Government

Evaluation Information:

First year data indicates an improvement in student citizenship grades, reduction in behavioral referrals and improved connectedness to school (student surveys)

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level