Going back to school is always a period of adjustment for youth. They’re returning to the classroom and resuming their education. What parents should realize is that they will also need to return to school. They may not enter a classroom but throughout the school year it is imperative that parents remain active in their child’s schooling. Youth with involved parents are more likely to have better social skills and better attendance. These positive factors have a major effect on academic achievement. As the new school year begins its important to keep these facts in mind. Let’s turn a great start into a great school year.
- Implementation of strategies aimed at developing family, school, and community partnerships has proven effective in increasing daily attendance rates as well as decreasing chronic absence. Read more.
- Students with parents who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance, and are more likely to complete high school than students whose parents are not involved in their school. Read more.
- Regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores; attend school regularly; have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school; and graduate and go on to postsecondary education. Read more.
- Building Partnerships that last beyond ‘Back to School Night’
- PBS Learning
- National Education Association (NEA) Tips for Parents
- NEA Resources
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about back to school resources here.
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about back to school information here.
Youth Champion: Sara Griffin, Indy BackPack Attack
Founded in 1999, Indy BackPack Attack’s central mission is to compile the materials and supplies young people need for school. Indy BackPack Attack has formed a partnership with local businesses and each summer they hold a school supply drive. All the collected supplies are then sent to Indy BackPack Attack’s Warehouse. Over the course of two weeks volunteers package supplies which are sent to IPS social workers who can give them to students in need. Check out the interview below to learn more about Ms. Griffin and the organization.
- Why did you want to go into this line of work?
Before I came to IUPUI, I worked at both the Indiana State Museum and the Indiana Historical Society in Education and programming. I enjoyed the blend of teaching in informal settings and working with partners to create programs. I particularly liked being able to connect people and resources. My current role at IUPUI allows me to support a wide variety of projects by bringing together individuals, businesses and organizations.
- What was your first day on the job like?
My first day with Indy BackPack Attack was at a planning meeting in 2012. I had always wanted to serve on the board of a nonprofit organization, and sitting in the room with me were amazingly passionate people, not just on the board, but executing the whole program. Many times I feel lucky to have found this path, and that was definitely one of those days! The other first day that stood out to me was the first day in the warehouse, seeing all the school supplies come in, and the volunteers working enthusiastically to count and sort them. There is nothing like the experience of seeing all the individual donations coming together.
- What is most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to feel part of the energy surrounding Indianapolis. The people here are wonderful to work with, and I feel very lucky to meet with so many hardworking, intelligent and creative individuals each day. I get to work on programs that promote important topics, such as education, while enjoying a fun and rewarding position. When it comes to Indy BackPack Attack, working with the committee is truly a delight. I feel like providing school supplies allows us to get children ready for school, and excited about learning. It takes the dedication of many individuals to make the program a success, and I enjoy being a part of such an important program.
- What is the most challenging part of your job?
I balance many responsibilities, and though I do my best, I struggle sometimes with feeling I’m not doing enough for each individual, or group, that I work with. Like many people, I wish there were more hours in the day.
- How has MCCOY helped your organization succeeded or grow?
Allowing Indy BackPack Attack to promote Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities was a tremendous help to promoting Indy BackPack Attack in the city and introducing our work to new audiences! We appreciate being invited to participate.
- Where do you see yourself and your organization in five years?
My hope for Indy BackPack Attack in the next five years is growth. My vision for Indy BackPack Attack includes more partners participating and working together to create an even more successful drive, and as a result of those efforts, all the children in Central Indiana being able to feel prepared and excited for their school year. As for me, I’m hopeful to continue on the path I’ve been traveling, learning new skills, meeting new individuals and organizations, and finding new opportunities. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.
For more information about Indy BackPack Attack check out their website: http://www.indybackpackattack.org/index.html.