As the backbone organization for education in our community, Evolve502 convenes and organizes partner organizations and agencies (government, education, social service, business and foundation) to identify and address gaps along the cradle-to-career pathway to student achievement.
We work in collaboration with Jefferson County Public Schools and bring community solutions to better link students and families to resources, ensuring they have the tools they need from cradle to career.
Through our collaborative efforts, we are creating more touchpoints and more hours of learning and engagement for students and families.
Examples of our Work
As the pandemic brought the closure of schools, community centers and other community organizations we knew that many students would need additional support to be successful with Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) and that they could benefit from opportunities for in-person supports and socialization.
Community Learning Hubs
Evolve502 identified out-of-school time providers, churches and other community organizations that were willing to host community learning hubs during NTI and served approximately 2,500 students. Based on needs expressed by these community partners, Evolve502 was able to broker and leverage JCPS and other community resources to support technology, internet connectivity, healthy meals, academic assistance and sufficient cleaning and personal protective equipment supplies to ensure safety.
Expanded Summer Learning
Summer is a great time to engage students in enrichment and learning opportunities. According to the Wallace Foundation, “During the summer, low-income students lose ground compared to their wealthier peers. But summer can also be a time to help level the playing field through high-quality, summer learning programs that research shows produce measurable benefits in math, reading, and social and emotional learning.” View the Wallace Summer Learning Toolkit.
It was very important to re-engage students last summer, elevate learning while allowing students to explore new talents. With input from community partners and lessons learned over the last several months, we developed a robust summer learning experience with JCPS, reaching over 5,000 students in 100+ community and school-based sites. Teachers, mental health supports, enrichment programs, and other learning experiences were deployed throughout the community.
Join Our Effort
Evolve502 will continue to coordinate connection points between these providers and JCPS to ensure more intentional collaboration and support for the benefit. If you or your organization are interested in joining or supporting our initiatives, please email Dr. Charles Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.