Highline and its community partners have been awarded a grant for $1,596,798 over two years by the King County Department of Human and Community Services and Puget Sound College and Career Network. We will work closely with grant partners Highline College (HC), Northwest Education Access (NWEA) and Becoming a Man (BAM) of Southwest Youth and Family Services.
The grant program—King County Promise—is a public-private partnership engaging King County school districts to develop a comprehensive student support model, supporting historically underserved young people to obtain postsecondary credentials.
The four organizations are forming the Highline Promise Partnership. The funding will provide enhanced college and career exploration and experiences, family engagement, post-secondary transition support, and intensive retention and completion services for males of color starting in 10th grade through degree or certificate completion.
“This grant allows us to expand on what we know works—creating wrap-around services and opportunities for students so they are supported in and outside of the classroom,” said Janet Blanford, director of secondary success and college and career readiness in HPS. “We are proud to be participants in the inaugural cohort of King County Promise and look forward to improving post-secondary transition and completion outcomes for males of color.”
Highline High School will pilot the program during the first year of the grant with plans to expand to additional schools. We will also work closely with NWEA to engage youth who are at risk of not graduating or disengaged from school.
“I am deeply grateful to our partners at Highline College, NWEA and BAM for joining us in delivering on our Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need,” said HPS Superintendent Susan Enfield. “This new Highline Promise Partnership will build upon the extraordinary work that our team in Highline has been doing to ensure that each and every one of our students graduates prepared for the future they choose for themselves.”
Students who are placed into the program will receive direct support from advisors, case managers and education advocates to ensure they graduate high school and make a smooth transition into college.