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Student Connection Center (SCC) is the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYS) . The goal of the SBYSP is to help students navigate their adolescent years, acquire essential life skills, improve their emotional health, and ultimately achieve their educational and life goals. The program provides comprehensive support and prevention services for students and families, with a strong focus on emotional wellness and academic success.

The program serves as a link between the schools, students and families and focuses on all issues related to student health and emotional well-being and offers school-wide programs that raise awareness of resources related to well-being. The program offers a variety of services, including: Individual counseling Small groups Whole class lessons Family counseling Teacher support/strategies Parent strategies/support Learning support services Recreational activities




Program Grant Proposal Assignment

The Code of Ethics states that: “The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective: service social justice dignity and worth of the personal importance of human relationships integrity competence As such social workers are called upon to not just identify the problem but to work to eradicate it.

Our values compel us to engage in relationships that allow the community (agencies, consumers, etc.) to take the lead in identifying problems that affect their lives and to participate equally in the design and implementation of strategies that will address those problems. While social problems often exist in a community, the ability to design evidence-based strategies to address these problems and to develop grants often exceeds the agency’s or organization’s capacity. fundraising is often a cumbersome process that involves time and attention.

Time-strapped administrators are too often focused on the quotidian tasks of running the agency to engage in planning or grant writing. This service-learning exercise is designed to teach students the fundamentals of program development and grant writing through interaction with actual organizations. In addition to learning these skills of organizational practice, students will provide a valuable service to their placement agency or a Chester community agency by developing an intervention and a funding proposal that can be submitted by the student or the agency. (NOTE: Submission of the proposal is not a requirement of this course. Students are to develop the intervention and the proposal with the community partner.

The output of the activity is a grant template that can be adapted for current or future grants. Working with a community partner (from GLASSBORO NEW JERSEY SCHOOL DISTRICT), students will identify a social welfare problem at their field placement agency or in the city of Chester and develop a grant proposal to fund an intervention to address that problem. The core practice behaviors identified above will be achieved through the students’ ability to identify an agency, partner with the agency to identify a social problem to be addressed, and to collaborate with the partner to develop the intervention and the grant proposal.  GRANT PROPOSAL WILL BE TO IMPLEMENT A Student Connection Center IN GLASSBORO SCHOOL DISTRICT

A major component of organizational practice is the evaluation of a program.  Program evaluation allows us to assess whether or not our interventions are addressing the problem(s) for which they have been designed.  Students are to choose the program for which they are completing their field experience to complete this assignment.
Mission and Vision of the Agency

  • Provide your agency’s mission statement. This information can usually be found on the agency website.  As a multicultural and diverse learning community prepares each student for an ever-changing world. We are committed to fostering each child’s full academic potential, building each child’s self-esteem; and empowering each child to become a responsible, respectful, contributing citizen, and life-long learner.
  • Provide your agency’s vision statement. This information can usually be found on the agency website. where today’s learners become tomorrow’s leaders.

Purpose and Goals of the Program

What are the specific human problems that the program is attempting to handle1.What are the demographic and social characteristics of the people affected by the problem?

The Department of Special Services is responsible for the evaluation and classification of students with handicapping conditions in line with IDEIA and New Jersey Administrative Code Title: 6A.  In addition, we develop individualized educational programs (IEPs), provide case management services and related services such as:  speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and assistive technology for students as identified in their IEPs.  To this end the Glassboro Public Schools employs three school psychologists, two learning consultants, two school social workers, three speech therapists, and one occupational therapist.  Other services such as physical therapy are contracted for on an as needed basis. 

Our mandate is to provide students with handicaps an appropriate educational program in the least restrictive educational program placement that is appropriate for that student.  Glassboro Public Schools provides a full continuum of placements and we have greatly expanded our use of in-class support services to keep more classified students in regular education placements. Identification, evaluation, special education and related services for students ages 3-21 experiencing academic, emotional, and behavioral difficulties in the school setting.
Glassboro residents ages 3-21.
What are the short-range and long-range goals of the program? To provide services (evaluation,
case management, related services/occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, special
education programs/instruction) to assist students.

Social and Historical Factors

  1. In what historical context (social, cultural, legal) has the problem evolved?
  2. What is the significance of the problem to society, why is this problem important? If children are our future, then their level of education impacts their ability to function in the future which impacts everyone.
  3. What are the major factors that have made it a problem or have helped to alleviate it?
  4. Research history of special education law

Program Funding

How is your program funded? Discuss whether your program is financed by federal, state, local or private sources?
Implementation of the Program
How many people does it take to manage and run the program? ? Director, 2 secretaries, 2 social workers, 3 school psychologists, 2 learning consultants, 2 occupational therapists, 1 physical therapist,

  1. What are the primary job descriptions of the staff at the agency?
  2. Is the program’s emphasis on the utilization of traditional social work resources, or is there utilization of leaders from other fields or non-professional sources? Services are delivered through the collaboration of the Child Study Team (social workers, psychologists, learning consultants,
    speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists) behavior specialists, teachers,
    administration, guidance counselors, teaching assistants.
     B. What are the specific services which the program offers? Evaluation to determine
    eligibility, special education instruction, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech
    therapy, and case management.
       Where does the program operate What is its geographic jurisdiction?
  3. What population does the program target?  Who receives the services? Population-
    students 3-21 determined eligible for special education services.
  4. How many individuals does the program serve?
  5. To date, what proportion of the target population has the program reached, and what
    services have they received?
  6. Is the delivery of services based upon a single theoretical orientation, or does it
    incorporate a multi-disciplined approach to the problem? Multi-disciplined approach


  1. What criteria does the program staff use to evaluate whether it is accomplishing its goals?
    Is the evaluation directly determined, or indirectly inferred? Student progress toward IEP goals, report cards, progress reports, state and district wide assessments, and parent feedback.
  2. Is the evaluation directly determined, or indirectly inferred? Both
    B. Provide outcomes of the program.
    a. Do the outcomes for the program align with the stated goals? yes
    b. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the program? Strengths-a staff with a good work
    ethic and Weaknesses-lack of resources and increased demands
    c. What recommendations do you have to improve the program? 
    -Mental health issues have increased and are having an increased impact on educational functioning and progress. Availability of counseling services and psychiatric care is essential to improve the program. Pet therapy would be wonderful.
    -Increase the number of staff would improve ability to provide services
    -For appropriate students, provide more functional/life skills opportunities.

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