We are nominating the Professional Learning Circle (PLC) organization for the Community Partner Award. This is a campus-community collaboration to establish a group of professionals who work with tutoring/mentoring programs in the Duluth community. The PLC pulls together leaders who examine how as a community we provide opportunity for positive adults to impact the lives of children in school settings. They host an annual S.U.C.C.E.S.S Series designed to help tutors understand core competencies for supporting students. The workshops offered were the Asset Approach, Building Relationships, Reading Skills, Math Refreshers and Cultural Competency. The program partners include Grant Community School Collaborative, COMPASS, Five Points, Men as Peacemakers, and UMD Office of Civic Engagement. The goals of the PLC are to; build stronger relationships; establish an understanding of local programs and goals; and provide a platform for cooperative programming and resource sharing.
This group has actively supported youth in an effort to close the achievement gap and ensure future academic success. This program is in its second year and has already shown promising results. An evaluation of these workshops found that 98% of participants surveyed found the training helped them to feel more confident in their work with children and youth.