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The mission of the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative is to reduce the truant population in York County by establishing a protocol for improved communication, instituting a consistent response to the issues and initiating interventions.
With truancy as a leading factor preventing children’s success in school, graduation from high school and the ability to become a productive member of society, the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative aims to assure that elementary and middle school students are prepared to succeed in later grades, and that young adults make a successful transition from high school to work life – two of United Way’s priorities in Education. As a program of United Way of York County, the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative ultimately serves all school-aged youth in York County, by establishing itself as a clearinghouse for what works to prevent truancy and dropout, staying current on national education policy research and finding ways to enhance York County’s provision of truancy prevention programs using best practices research.
The York County Truancy Prevention Initiative is a partnership between United Way of York County, the York County Bar Foundation and the County of York
Truancy Task Force Meetings
The Youth Court Alliance is a program of United Way of York County in partnership with the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, County Commissioners, York County Bar Foundation, and York County Department of Human Services.
Pictured above: Taylor Shenberger and Brent Martin, Youth Court Alliance Volunteers
Check & Connect
This evidence-based, targeted intervention consists of four components:
- A mentor who works with students and families for a minimum of two years.
- Regularly checking on the school adjustment, behavior and educational progress of the students.
- Intervening in a timely manner to re-establish and maintain the students’ connection to school and learning and to enhance the students’ social and academic competencies.
- Partnering with families.
Check & Connect currently services students in York City, Northeastern and South Western school districts. Currently York County school districts all agree to cite at the 4th unlawful absence.
Check & Connect is a program of Pennsylvania Counseling Services in partnership with the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative.
Stay in School Report
View the Stay in School Report to read about the efforts in the areas of truancy, dropout prevention and improving high school graduation rates.
For additional information about the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, please contact Elizabeth Richard at (717) 771-3823.