Tell us about your partnerships
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?
Presently we service three general student populations: students transitioning from KRCC, marginalized adult learners (Aboriginals, women living in poverty, students with disabilities etc.), and adults wanting to upgrade for post-secondary or employment opportunities. Prospective students are referred through local agencies, employers, TRU and SD #73. Still others learn of SS through "word of mouth". To build our program further we plan to advertise in the local media, develop our website and increase our profile in the community. We are also extending our hours and course offerings as well.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Since it's origin in 2007 the LOW has made 503 contacts with 103 students at our KRCC location. 41% of these were about transitioning to our Street School classroom upon release; 38% were to help these students acquire housing, employment; treatment/recovery and other support. As a result 55 of the 103 did continue studies at SS: 9 obtained an Adult Dogwood (9 others received their AD prior to release); and 26 completed courses towards their AD at SS. These figures suggest the LOW is an important link between our KRCC and SS classrooms, resulting in the successful continuation of students' learning and transition back into the community after incarceration. Without this key position to work with students and agencies within and outside of KRCC higher rates of recidivism may well occur.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
With the Cont. Ed. Directors' Assoc. we are developing tools to identify the needs of adult learners and better meet them. We are also involved in the Min. of Ed's review of the AD program to better align it with the needs of employers and the local economy. Once individual and societal needs are identified we can go forward to form a foundation for private and corporate financial support.