Who is The Community Development Foundation? The CDF was started by Jenny Day and Barry Cable with a mission: To directly relieve poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability and helplessness in less fortunate Communities statewide •Operating statewide for the past 12 years •All projects are community driven, and by community request •We’re about enabling local communities to make informed decisions through education and working alongside them •Current projects include: The Passport System (Schools, Community, Sport and English as a Second Language/Dialect - ESL/ESD), Justice Link and MOASH buildings. What is Community Development to us? About a mutual partnership and listening. Enabling people to make positive decisions and ensuring those changes are sustainable and measurable. It’s a long term process and believing in a community’s vision. To encourage community involvement and strengthen the link between community and school. What is the Passport System? The Passport System was designed to: Be a rewards-based system to encourage participation at schools Increase the engagement of parents/volunteers and students within the school Promote active involvement Help address issue of absenteeism Enhance trust and respect amongst community members through mutual sharing How does it work? 2 main components Passport System To increase the level of active participation of parents/carers in the school community through a reward-based incentive system. Step 1 Inform Parents and Sign up Awareness raising Step 2 Parent/ volunteer completes activity Attendance System To provide an attendance reward system for the students with the lowest attendance rates in the school. Step 3 Points stamped in Passport Locally monitored – Chaplain, Registrar The Process Breakdown of Expenditure of School Dollars 2010 Other 26% Excursion /Incursion 7% Uniforms 21% Canteen 46% Testimonials At a regional school south-east of Perth, 90 families out of 166 are participants in the Passport Program: Parent Participation (Snapshot – Learning Journey 2009) • ‘I can now contribute to the school in a way I never could.’ • ‘It’s great to be acknowledged for what we already do.’ • ‘I love being able to donate my points to someone else or to go towards a book award’. • ‘I have chosen to be involved with the Passport system so I think it is worthwhile’. Whole school 60% Non-Aboriginal 67% Aboriginal 10% Parent Participation (Snapshot – Learning Journey 2010) Whole school 90% Non-Aboriginal 95% Aboriginal 50% Attendance Stories: Student Snapshots Student A 1 FEB - 2 JUL 2010 47.37% 20 JUL - 24 NOV 2010 64.00% Student B 1 FEB - 2 JUL 2010 Student C 74.74% 20 JUL - 4 NOV 2010 90.30% 1 FEB - 2 JUL 2010 74.74% 20 JUL - 4 NOV 2010 95.59% Student D 1 FEB – 1 APR 2010 71.00% 19 APR – 24 NOV 2010 81.00% Neerigen Brook Primary School Attendance Results after Implementation of the Passport System 2009 120% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% A B C D E F G H I J K L M N Attendance Prior to Passport System Attendance After Passport System Introduced NB Students Q and R suffered extreme changes in home circumstances during implementation of the Passport System O P Q R Family Involvement in the Passport System Term 3 2010 Number of Passports Held 332 203 211 176 35 Wirrabirra Primary School 166 96 90 Neerigen Brook Primary School Number of Families in the School* Redcliffe Primary School 64 70 52 15 Tranby Primary School East Narrogin Primary School 24 38 Katanning Katanning Primary Senior High School School •For both Katanning Primary School and Katanning Senior High School only Aboriginal Families are eligible for Passports. •Open to whole school as at Term 1 2011. Other Projects: Sports Passport •Members of Sporting Clubs and Recreation Centres can earn points for volunteering. May include coaching, umpiring, scoring, helping at sporting events and community days, attending information sessions or courses. •These points are used to pay for uniforms, membership fees, travel costs and other costs associated with playing sport. The program is designed to: •Enhance the relationship between schools, sporting clubs, Rec Centres and local communities. •Use sport and recreation as a vehicle to help address social and justice issues in our communities. English as Second Language/Dialect (ESL/ESD) Passport We have just completed translating a “Guide to the Passport System” booklet into 12 of the most common languages in schools in conjunction with the Department of Education’s ESL Resource Centre. This will allow schools to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and skills of ESL/ESD parents and community members and provide an avenue for ESL/ESD parents to become involved in their child’s school and education, and also to the wider community. Available to all schools Languages include: Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Swahili, Tagalog, Indonesian, Dari, Malaysia, Chinese, Thai, Hindi and Tamil. Justice Link Passport •Providing a path through which the offender can financially assist their children in their school. •Providing a link between the parent in the correctional facility and his/her children. • Incarcerated parent earns up to $25 per week through involvement in activities over and above their current workload. •Correctional Facilities: Acacia, Wooroloo, Karnett, Bunbury, Boronia, Albany, Casuarina.