Communities Organizing to Nurture and Celebrate East Raleigh Talent, Inc. (CONCERT)
CONCERT, INC. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community–based organization whose mission is to improve the lives of East Raleigh youth and families through direct service and community collaboration with public, private, and faith-based groups in education, health, and economic development.
This grass-roots organization has provided afterschool services to four schools in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) for the past four years through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the NC Department of Public Instruction and the U.S. Department of Education. This grant provides structured after school programming to improve student achievement, and offers enriching extra-curricular experiences.
For more than 20 years, Communities In Schools of Wake County (CIS Wake) has partnered with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) to help students stay in school and achieve in life. CIS WAKE provides individualized case management that tracks and increases student performance in attendance, behavior, and course management. CIS Wake helps schools remove the barriers that put students at risk of wasting their potential.
In conjunction with CIS Wake, The SMART Academy is an academic enrichment program that ensures that Students Maximize Academic Resources through Technology. The Academy’s iSTREAM curriculum emphasizes Innovation in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. The SMART Academy offers year-round programs and services designed to develop the 21st Century thinking skills of students in grades K – 12.
21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Program
The purpose of the Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program is to provide federal funds to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours. The program has three specific purposes:
1) Provide opportunities for academic support programming and enrichment activities, including providing tutorial services to help students (particularly students in high-poverty areas and those who attend low-performing schools) meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.
2) Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities, such as positive youth development activities, drug and violence prevention education programs, counseling programs, art, music, recreation programs, technology education programs and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.
3) Offer families of students served by 21st CCLCs opportunities for math, science and literacy related educational development.
- Help students improve reading/ literacy/English proficiency.
- Help students improve math proficiency.
- Help students improve homework completion and class participation.
- Encourage students to think about and spark an interest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Help develop leadership skills while decreasing the risk of violence, drug and alcohol use.
- To increase parental capacity to support academic growth.
Jacqueline McGee-Bowden, Program Director