21st Century SHINE! Afterschool Arts Grant

September 4, 2012
Cleveland Heights, OH

Dr. Johnetta Wiley (Administrative CHHS Principal), Joseph Nohra (Mosaic Principal)—together with Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio—were recognized at the School Board meeting for their work in receiving an $850,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education to ensure a smooth transition for incoming at-risk freshman.

21st Century funding, totaling $850,000 over five years, will support SHINE!, designed to ensure a smooth transition for incoming at-risk 9th grade students as they enter the seeming tumult of high school. Emphasizing arts enrichment to engage students, SHINE! will focus on the key areas of increased reading and math achievement, homework completion, youth development, and parent and family skill building and education .

Up to 50 incoming 9th grade students will be invited to be part of SHINE! at no cost to the student. Planned as a safe haven for homework, extra academic support, peer interaction, and the opportunity to develop strong bonds with adults and the high school community, SHINE! will operate  three days after school from 3:30-6:30 PM (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. The schedule is designed to leave two days after school free, with an understanding of the competing interests for students at the high school level.

During the first hour, students will break into small groups for homework completion, supported by teachers, aides, and volunteers. The second hour will include targeted English 9 and Algebra 1 interventions for students, where they again work in small groups based on their needs. Students will enjoy a hearty snack as they prepare for the arts enrichment programming. Arts programming will be student driven with the students determining which arts they want to be involved in. Students can choose between two arts programs each quarter with resident artists provided through partner Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio. Saturday programming will involve 1.5 hours of arts programming, lunch, and 1.5 hours of the youth development program Boys Council and Girls Circle. At the end of each arts cycle, students will mount an event for parents, staff, and invited community members to showcase their final work.

At the end of their 9th grade year, SHINE! students will reach their academic benchmarks in reading and math, successfully advance to 10th grade, report increased self-confidence and self-esteem, and strong bonds with their peers and with school staff. SHINE! students will be invited to continue as volunteers in 2013-14 with the new group of 9th graders.

For more information or to be considered for the program, contact:

Joe Nohra, Principal, Mosaic School