The 65th Street Corridor Community Collaborative Project is a high-impact and multi-component community mobilization effort aimed at increasing student academic achievement, fostering student leadership, and improving parent participation for disadvantaged children living in neighborhoods where gang violence, a lack of access to resources and low civic engagement create a need for innovative, culturally competent strategies. The Project serves 7th -12th grade schools in Sacramento’s 65th Street corridor, a low-income and diverse community that extends from Elvas to Broadway and is adjacent to the University campus. Sacramento State faculty and students are actively engaged in the Project, working with administrators, teachers, students, and parents from these schools to build a healthier, more engaged and vibrant community. This ongoing interaction between Sacramento State and the 65th Street corridor creates a venue for community concerns to be voiced at the grassroots level. Furthermore, the Project’s strong partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and its Student and Family Support Center allows for ongoing educational and social issues, such as academic success, emotional health, violence prevention, and family strength, to be addressed in a continuous and effective manner in a rapidly changing community.
The Project consists of three programmatic components that are conducted at two schools, Will C. Wood Middle School and Hiram Johnson High School, in the 65th Street corridor area of Sacramento, California. A Tutoring and Mentoring Program was developed to address the schools’ low standardized test scores, poor academic performance, and at-risk student behavior. To provide more information about college preparation and increase access to higher education for students, the Student Bridge Program was developed. Through a series of field trips to the Sacramento State Campus over the academic school year, students gain an understanding of a “college-going culture.” The Parent Bridge Program consists of inviting parents to spend a day at our university campus to demystify the college experience and to provide interactive workshop sessions on topics ranging from financial aid to student experiences. This program provides opportunities for parents to learn about college preparation and higher education access opportunities.
The Project, through its many programs, has developed into a comprehensive model of change for local residents and students in the 65th Street Corridor. Its focus on creating educational pathways, developing student leadership and building local communities corresponds to the Sacramento State University’s Destination 2010 initiative, particularly the goal of “Recognizing diversity as vital to developing the New California.”