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Oct. 9, 2012
Abbe Smith
NHPS Director of Communications
In an effort to educate parents about all the services available to help their children succeed in school and go to college, teams of volunteers will head out this Saturday to visit New Haven students in Fair Haven and the Hill and talk to their families about the Boost! partnership and New Haven Promise.
The canvass is a collaborative effort between the city of New Haven, the school district, United Way of Greater New Haven, the Boost! initiative, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and New Haven Promise. Dozens of volunteers from the community, school district and nonprofits will talk to parents of children at Boost! schools about how they can access the critical support services and college preparatory and scholarship resources available to NHPS students. Canvassers will also give out information about the upcoming Parent University day of free workshops on Nov. 3.
As New Haven Public Schools engages in year three of its nationally recognized School Change plan, key initiatives like Boost! and New Haven Promise are helping students gain access to community resources, including money for college and services available through an extensive network of nonprofits.
On Tuesday, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and Superintendent of Schools Reginald Mayo joined with UWGNH Vice President of Education Initiatives Laoise King and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven President William W. Ginsberg to spread the word about the upcoming canvass and to talk about the important role that partnerships play in providing services and resources for kids. The leaders gathered at John Martinez School, a Boost! school, to highlight both how coordinated support services strengthen classroom learning and how New Haven Promise makes resources available for college. The United Way and Community Foundation are among local nonprofits that have rallied volunteers to join school staff in knocking on doors.
"There is no better initiative or effort to support than the success of our young people. The hundreds of individuals who have volunteered their time to support New Haven School Change at the past two canvasses is a testament to the character and dedication of the residents of this City,” said Mayor DeStefano. “New Haven School Change is fortunate to have the support of so many residents and partners, including the United Way of Greater New Haven and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. I am also particularly grateful to New Haven Reads, New Haven Home Recovery, Squash Haven, Leap and the Future Project for dedicating their time to support this upcoming canvass."
“In order for our children to be focused on learning in the classroom, we need to care for their needs outside the classroom. The Boost! initiative and all the partnerships with community organizations makes that possible,” Dr. Mayo said. “This canvass is about empowering parents to help their children succeed and earn that New Haven Promise scholarship.”
"We are excited about the opportunity to speak with families to share information about the programs and services that are available to their children through their schools," said King.  "Boost! schools have committed to ensuring that their students are healthy - physically, socially and emotionally and have engaging things to do after school. They have worked to partner with existing non-profits to make that happen."
“Our goals of enhancing student achievement in our schools and of building a college-going culture in our city are a community effort,” said Ginsberg, President & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. “That’s why The Community Foundation is proud to administer and support New Haven Promise, and that’s why The Community Foundation is proud to participate in Saturday’s canvass.”
“Our parent engagement and community outreach campaigns this fall have been a real collaborative effort by teachers, parents, community members and nonprofit organizations,” said Susan Weisselberg, NHPS Chief of Wraparound Services. “I want to thank the hundreds of people who have volunteered their time during these canvasses to make a real difference in the lives of our students. I’m excited about continuing that collaboration in the future, including with Parent University.”
The canvass is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, and will be based out of Hill Regional Career High School, 140 Legion Ave. Volunteers (especially Spanish-speaking ones) are still needed! Anyone interested can register at .
This is the third of three collaborative canvasses seeking to empower parents and guardians with the tools they need to help their students be successful in school, in college and in life. For our Kindergarten Canvass in August, 219 volunteers knocked on nearly 1,500 doors and made direct contact with about half of the families. Last month, nearly 80 canvassers knocked on 783 doors to talk to parents about New Haven Promise and Parent University.
Parent University is a day-long series of free workshops covering topics that range from helping parents help their children succeed in school and go to college to helping adults hone their job skills. Parent University will go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Gateway Community College downtown. New Haven parents can sign up here:
Boost!, New Haven Public Schools’ partnership with the City of New Haven and United Way of Greater New Haven, is a community and family-focused strategy within School Change. Given the challenges that many youth face outside of school, Boost! increases the focus on and accountability of wraparound supports in an effort to help meet the School Change goals.  
Boost! recognizes that students need more than academic support to succeed in school and focuses on four domains: Physical Health and Wellness, Social-Emotional and Behavioral Health, Family Engagement, and Student Engagement/Academic Enrichment. Through improved coordination of resources, Boost! seeks to ensure that children receive high quality supports and services to promote their physical, social, and emotional development, that families are welcomed in schools and engaged in their children’s educations, and that public and private resources for wraparound services are used efficiently and effectively. For more information, visit
New Haven Promise: Scholarships provide up to full tuition to in-state public colleges and universities for students who live in New Haven, attend New Haven public schools and have good grades and good behavior. In 2011, Promise granted 115 scholarships to the Class of 2011 and 132 scholarships to the Class of 2012.  
New Haven Promise: Partnership is creating a college-going culture in our schools and our community, with a curriculum in K-8 schools designed to teach young students about the importance of college. In the high schools, Promise works with College Summit, a nationally-recognized college readiness program.
Promise scholarships are funded by Yale University. The Partnership is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo. New Haven Promise is a program of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. For more information on New Haven Promise, visit