Springfield Youth Coalition

Submitted by Tracy Johnson

Pastor Tracy and Pat Murray have been working the past year and half organizing a coalition of people to reach out to our youth and families. In September we started to form The Springfield Youth Coalition (SYC) which is committed to bringing our community together to empower students and their families to envision a future of promise. LeaderComm, the Basketball Hall of Fame, YMCA of Greater Springfield, the Springfield School Department and the Springfield Youth Coalition, and a diverse group of leaders have developed a plan to initially concentrate on working with students vulnerable to school failure and dropping out in order to reverse their trajectories.  

Working in one school to begin with, this plan calls for the hiring of a ‘school relationship router’ placed in the school and with the leadership of the school identifying those students most likely not to be promoted or that will graduate from high school.  The school router also identifies an array of community resources and volunteers whose skills and commitments align to the needs of the students identified and ‘routes’ those services to the students and their families in a personal, accountable and coordinated way.

In January 2017, Pastor Willard Cofield started working as the school router at the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield. Ruby Gasque has been serving on the board of SYC as well. In the future there will be many ways in which our church can bless the SYC with financial and human resources serving the students and families of Sci-Tech.

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