Eastside Youth Strong employs the University of Minnesota’s intervention tool called Check & Connect. It is used with K-12 students who show warning signs of disengagement with school such as poor attendance, academic performance, and behavioral issues.
William Huddleston serves as our Case Coordinator and Key Mentor. It is his duty to advocate for and challenge the students to keep education salient.
In Check & Connect, the “Check” component refers to the process where mentors systematically monitor student performance variables (e.g., absences, tardies, behavioral referrals, grades), while the “Connect” component refers to mentors providing personalized, timely interventions to help students solve problems, build skills, and enhance competence. Mentors work with caseloads of students and families for at least two years, functioning as liaisons between home and school and striving to build constructive family-school relationships. See more about the Components and Elements of Check & Connect.