CHSP’s Kids on Campus has been awarded a 2018 Community Connectors grant from the State of Ohio. The $100,000 grant will support a community/business mentoring program for 75 juniors and seniors at the Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville, Ohio.
“We see this as an exciting extension of our current community partnerships,” said Jo Ellen Sherow, program manager of Kids on Campus. “Our local community has long been a strong supporter of our work with area children, and we are proud to see the State of Ohio come in behind us, as well, with essential funding.”
Kids on Campus is initially partnering with Rocky Brands of Nelsonville and In-Town Body Shop of Athens, as well as the Nelsonville Presbyterian Church, to offer the program to teens at risk for not completing high school. The program, which is also seeking additional community partners to take part, will provide mentorship and skills training for future careers, as well as recognizing and reinforcing the students’ unique Appalachian identity and character.
In 2014, Governor John Kasich and the Ohio legislature designed the Community Connectors program to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways that will result in higher educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for the state.
The Kids on Campus partnership was one of 116 programs in the state to receive funding out of a total of $9.9 million awarded in 2018 by the Community Connectors program.