The Great Expectations (GE) collaboration is hard at work increasing opportunities and decreasing education disparities for kids in our community. This winter, stakeholders came together to envision and plan for the next stage in our work – organizing for impact and scaling solutions.
To date, over $40,000 in Great Opportunities scholarships have enabled more than 200 youth to participate in high quality out-of-school activities. From leadership skills gained through Youth in Government, to physical fitness and team work skills gained through basketball leagues, to self-discovery through the arts, our youth are developing skills that will serve them life-long.
The work of our community member-led teams continues to inform the ways we support our youth.
- 6-8 team — the work of this team, facilitated by Nancy McCoy, informed the creation of a parent engagement model called PEAK. This winter, parent engagement continues to evolve, now using the Education: Our Best Legacy curriculum in both Orono and Wayzata school districts.
- High School team — the work of this team, facilitated by Brad Sleeper, has resulted in the piloting of Great Expectations Mentoring at Wayzata High School. This relationship-based mentoring program takes place during the school day, pairing students with a qualified adult to listen to the student and support their goals for their life.
- Young Adults team — the work of this team, facilitated by Doris Tuura, yielded a pilot program, Making Moves, focused on supporting young adults in building skills necessary to navigate adulthood. Half of the topics are set – career interest exploration and planning, understanding personal finances and budgeting – and the remainder will be co-created with the participants based on what they want to learn.
No Small Matter Screening and Community Conversation
March 17 at 6:30 p.m. or March 18 at 10 a.m.
Free and open to the public!
Join Great Expectations and Caring for Kids for a screening of No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the most powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education. Learn the connection between early childhood education, national security and economic prosperity. Discover how you can take action. The event will be held at Interfaith Outreach in Shannon Hall, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth.
- Learn the critical connection between early childhood education and national security, economic prosperity in our state and nation.
- Discover ways to take action and join our community in setting intentions, personal and collective, to advance the topic.
Two event dates to choose from:
- Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Interfaith Outreach
Evening screening + guided action step activity
- Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at Interfaith Outreach
Daytime screening + guided action step activity
Great Expectations (GE) is a collaborative school and community partnership designed to close the education opportunity and achievement gap of children and youth in our community from cradle to career. GE anchor partners are Interfaith Outreach and the Wayzata and Orono School Districts.