Now more than ever, school districts and schools are faced with important decisions about how to support young people and their families, and those who educate and care for them. Students, including those who need the most support, will need teachers, afterschool youth development professionals, and other program leaders who have the ability to teach academic content while engaging students through their interests and specialized needs. They will need more wraparound support to help them build hope today and resilience towards the future.
School-community partnerships are a key strategy for connecting critical supports with youth and with the school. Community organizations are able to bring essential resources and expertise to schools, resources that could take the form of long-standing family relationships, teaching artists, culturally-competent educators, health and social services connections, or many other kinds of expertise as needed by a particular school or community.