GREENVILLE, SC -- June 25, 2018 -- OnTrack Greenville announced it is one of five organizations to receive one of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s Strategic grants for 2018. OnTrack Greenville is a community initiative to ensure middle school students stay on track toward high school graduation and post-secondary success.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has worked for the past 22 years to reduce poverty across the state through action, advocacy and leadership. Its Strategic grant funding selection process is invitation-only for organizations working to affect organizational and community impact at the regional and state level.
In addition to OnTrack Greenville, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded Strategic grants to Homes of Hope, Homeless No More, Metanoia and The Sustainability Institute (in partnership with Home Works of America). As of 2017, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded more than 2,900 grants to 1,000 organizations, totaling more than $67 million.
This is the third year OnTrack Greenville has received a Strategic grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. OnTrack Greenville was awarded, in part, due to its innovative, evidence-based dropout prevention and school transformation model designed to systematically address the challenges of poverty in schools by leveraging data and relationships to keep students on track to high school graduation.
Initially piloted in four high-need middle schools in the White Horse Road community (Berea, Lakeview, and Tanglewood Middle School and Greenville Early College), utilizing an innovative Early Warning and Response System, OnTrack Greenville is ensuring student needs are being addressed in real time.
“Our goal when we select Strategic grant award recipients is to try to cover as much ground as possible to address needs for anyone who might be touched by poverty across the state,” said Thomas C. Keith, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “OnTrack Greenville’s vision to strengthen students and instill resilience with improved academic and behavioral achievement, create a positive culture change in schools, and be a model, driver and influencer of larger community change helps support our grant funding mission.”
“We are so grateful for the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s partnership,” said Tobi Kinsell, director of OnTrack Greenville. “Through their Strategic grant funding, we are able to support interventions that address the complex needs of students in schools identified through the Early Warning Response System. Funded interventions provide healthcare, case management, mentoring, social-emotional development through leadership, and out of school time learning.
About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.
About OnTrack Greenville
Fueled by a federal Social Innovation Fund grant and funded by philanthropic partners including United Way of Greenville County and the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy, OnTrack Greenville is transforming the community’s ability to help middle school students stay on track, graduate and build a successful, thriving future.
OnTrack Greenville is grounded in evidence-based research and follows a straightforward theory of change: Match the right students to the right interventions at the right time to create a pathway to success in school and life. Participating OnTrack Greenville partners include: Building Educated Leaders for Life, Communities In Schools, Greenville County School District, Greenville Health System and Public Education Partners.
For more information, visit www.unitedway.org/ontrackgreenville.