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  • The Mentoring Task Force, stsarted by County Commissioner Paul Mercier, adopted SCOPE's School Dropout Study recommendations pertaining to mentoring and is convening mentoring agencies for this work.  Currently, they have produced an informational video about the collective benefits of mentoring.  Also, they are working with Friendship Volunteer Center to provide a "front door" for people wanting to connect with mentoring. 
  • The School District has:
    • Strengthened the Academic Improvement Plan and expanded its use to include grades K – 12.
    • Created a new administrative position: Director of Academic Intervention Programs to coordinate the district’s efforts at bringing all students up to grade level and reducing school dropout.
    • Provided for the Phoenix Academy where at-risk students in grades 8 through 10 get intensive individual attention and learning to use the latest technology as an alternative to dropping out.
    • Has approved a proposal from district staff to build a technical high school to provide an alternative for students with technical career interests.
    • Increased guidance staff to provide enhanced guidance services to students.
  • SCOPE has partnered with the Suncoast Workforce Board to implement our mutual goals of
    • Improve the educational performance of students K – 12
    • Enhance the quality of career and guidance counseling
    • Reduce dropout rates and raising the graduation rate
    This bi-County group is working to develop programs that connect not only those in the world of formal education to solve problems, but also business and community leaders.
  • “The Stories Project Toolkit” now available! It uses interesting facts and thought-provoking discussion questions to get viewers engaged in The Stories Project films. ITF members will be hosting a Stories event for friends, clubs, and other groups to watch and talk about these community issues.


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