Wednesday, February 01, 2012

New initiative at Port Richmond H.S. is keeping at-risk students on track

Student Jasmine Basabe, right, accepts
a perfect attendance award from Jen Quirk,
of NYCID's Graduate, Prepare, Succeed program.
(Photo courtesy of Port Richmond H.S.)
PORT RICHMOND - Keeping young people on track in school, focused on the goal of graduating with a high-school diploma, is the aim of a new program at Port Richmond High School.

Sponsored by New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) and United Way of New York City, the program has two components: Graduate, Prepare, Succeed (GPS) supports students during the school day, while Advantage offers after-school support.

"Both these programs are focused on giving the most at-risk students the resources and attention necessary to help them stay focused on their high school goals and ultimately their future path in life," said NYCID executive director Dominick Brancato.

The GPS average student attendance rate this year is about 90 percent; last year it was about 80 percent.

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