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We believe that children can be successful in school by ensuring that their strengths and needs are equally supported.

At the core of our intervention is a full-time School Site Coordinator in each school.

School Site Coordinator Illustration

These Master’s-level school counselors or school social workers serve as a hub for student support activities and collaborate with families, school faculty and staff, and the Boston College leadership and research team. The School Site Coordinator works with classroom teachers and school staff to identify every child’s strengths and needs in four domains: academic, social/emotional, health, and family.

Based on this information, each student is connected to a tailored set of school- and community-based services. For example, a child who has struggled with obesity, has challenges with reading, and loves music may be connected to a healthy cooking club, an after-school program with a focus on literacy tutoring, and a summer music program. For students in crisis, School Site Coordinators convene a larger group of specialists for a deeper discussion in which they identify appropriate supports and set goals to measure progress.

The City Connects Intervention

As a hub of student support in schools, School Site Coordinators cultivate partnerships with community agencies, serving as a point of contact for the school. They collaborate closely with families and facilitate access to supports and enrichments. Coordinators use proprietary software to document, track, and report on service referrals, follow up to assure service delivery, and assess effectiveness. This systematic practice leads to measurable student outcomes.