After-School Academic Enrichment
After-school academic enrichment for at-risk students (referred by LCPS elementary educators within Broad Run District) requires strategies and tactics that bring them back on track, inspired and motivated to succeed.
- One-on-one mentoring provided by volunteers to ensure homework completion.
- Tutoring available on all LCPS Elementary Subjects (M-T), with high school students tutoring math-challenged students on Saturdays.
- Self-esteem building assists students in discovering their potential for success.
- Ancillary workshops include art classes, music lessons and cooking classes.
- Summer day camp offers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) engagement activities that inspire and motivate student participation (each two-week sessions).
- Volunteers provide the capability for INMED’s Opportunity Center to expand our program resources to reshape the future of academically challenged at-risk students.
Workforce Development Skills Enhancement
Workforce development skills enhancement improves technical secondary education and vocational training to help individuals become competitive in the job market, create a pool of qualified candidates, and link participants to hiring firms.
- Financial literacy provides education on budgeting, money management, banking and credit instruction for youth and adults through various curriculum-based class series.
- Career readiness skills training prepares participants for productive employment, develops interview and networking skills, and provides a foundation for economic self-sufficiency.
- Computer lab provides computer access for job searches, resume development, completing online applications and developing computer skills necessary for employment.
- Entrepreneurship and income generation workshops provide instruction in onsite cooking, jewelry and beauty classes.
- ESL classes are offered for free to improve English language proficiency.
Healthy Family Education and Support
Healthy Family education and support promote positive parent-child interaction, early childhood development, financial literacy, and case management services to families facing multiple challenges and in need of urgent support and intervention.
- The Opening Doors program provides intensive home visiting services and case management to help them build personal financial skills and secure permanent housing.
- The Homelessness Prevention Program provides intensive home visiting and case management to at-risk families to strengthen their personal capacity and financial skills and avoid becoming homeless.
- Healthy Families Loudoun provides case management and in-home education, services and resources that assist with raising self-sufficient children and building strong family units.
- Moms & Babies play groups promote child development, socialization for toddlers, early literacy and school readiness.
- Parent education and support groups provide instruction in health, parenting, fatherhood, developing healthy relationships, domestic violence prevention and financial literacy.
- Summer Camp: Provided three two-week summer camp sessions to 183 elementary school-aged children. Camp activities included science experiments, arts and crafts, project management, painting, cooking, cupcake decorating, and group games.
- After-School Program: The after-school program was launched in FY15 and served a total of 58 elementary school-age children through homework assistance, mentoring, and other structured activities.
- Guitar Class: In partnership with P.A.S.T.A., we offered a beginner guitar class for elementary age children and taught by a local high school student in FY15. A total of 16 students have completed the class. Children who don’t own a guitar are able to borrow one from the Center.
- Art Contest: Sterling Middle School hosted our Winter Art Contest with 54 student participating candidates. Each year five winning students are awarded a gift card or trophy.
- LCPS Art Program County-Wide Partnership: In FY15 we established a partnership with LCPS’s Arts Department and became one of their art exhibit sites as part of their school-business partnership program. Since then we have displayed art from 5 of the Sterling elementary schools (29 pieces at a time).
- Volunteers: We received help from 335 volunteers who contributed a total of 3,416 hours of services valued at $24.90 per hour, for a grand total of $85,058.40.
- English as a Second Language: In FY15, we launched an ongoing ESL class for beginning students. The classes are offered on Saturday and 47 students have attended this class.
- College-level Computer Class: In FY16, the Center launched its first college-level computer class in partnership with Computer C.O.R.E. and 16 students have completed the first class.
- Job Fair: We held a job fair with the participation of 7 employers representing industrial carpet cleaning, landscaping, and insurance carrier industries. More than 35 individuals attended this job fair, and the majority of attendees applied for positions on-site.
- Cooking Classes: Were offered in two sessions and attended by 19 students in the first session. All 10 participants from the second session successfully received their food management certificate which is valid for five years.
- Jewelry-Making Classes: In FY16, we offered a jewelry-making class that was attended by 9 students, and 2 teen-age girls.
- Help-Portrait: In FY15, we partnered with Help-Portrait and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling to host an annual family holiday portrait event. This service was provided to 126 families.
- Bags of Love Program: Through a partnership with this Maryland-based program, we distributed 85 boxes of food to families in need, during the winters of 2015 and 2016.
- Access to Health Insurance: FY15 we partnered with Kaiser Permanente to help enroll low-income families & individuals into their CHIP program. We completed 173 applications for individuals who would have otherwise lacked access to health insurance.
- Opening Doors: Provided intensive home visiting services and case management to 30 families (inclusive of 71 children) to help them build personal financial skills and secure permanent housing.
- Homelessness Prevention: Provided intensive home visiting and case management to 81 at-risk families of 178 children to strengthen their personal capacity and financial skills and avoid becoming homeless.
- Healthy Families Loudoun: Provided intensive home visiting and case management to 64 families (64 mothers, 48 fathers and 67 children) to improve their parenting skills. Family Support Workers conducted 1,289 home visits and provided 1,092 referrals to appropriate social, medical, educational, vocational, legal and crisis resources.
- Moms & Babies: FY16, a new program was launched for mothers of infants & toddlers. The activities promote child development and parent/child interaction in a group setting. Group meets twice a month and a total of 18 mothers and 20 children
- Spanish-Language Educational Groups: We conducted 81 family education classes attended by 258 (unduplicated) parents, to increase their knowledge of health, parenting and personal finance, in addition to providing them with 535 referrals to local resources. While parents attended classes, 543 (unduplicated) children participated in structured child care activities.
- YPS Support Group: In FY15 we became the new host of the Department of Family Services’ Young Parent Services weekly support group. A total of 12 young mothers and their 15 children attended this group.
Loudoun Opportunity Center Program Results Highlights
Outcomes in the program’s pilot year were promising; among the parents and teachers who completed year-end surveys for their children/students:
- 100% reported improved homework completion.
- 82% reported improved academic achievement.
- 94% of parents reported observing improved self-confidence and self-efficacy among their children.
- 100% of parents reported that their children demonstrated improved social skills.
- 88% of parents reported that their children had a more positive attitude since their participation in the program.
Healthy Families Loudoun County
Outcomes in the Healthy Families Loudoun County program are documented through rigorous annual independent evaluations. Highlights of our FY 2016 evaluation report, with cumulative results for the last five years, include the following:
- 100% of babies were born at healthy weights.
- 99% of children had a medical home.
- 97% of children remained up-to-date on immunizations.
- 96% of parents provided an appropriate home environment to support optimal child development.
- 100% of parents demonstrated appropriate parent-child interaction.
- No families had founded cases of child abuse or neglect—a particularly significant accomplishment considering that the majority of participants reported being abused themselves as children and/or as adults, which offers clear evidence of the program’s success in helping to break the well-recognized cycle of abuse.
During the last program year, participant Families made great progress in improving their financial position, despite their crisis situations, and in fact significantly exceeded our targets:
- 97% of families followed a household budget.
- 88% of families reduced their debt by specific amounts based on their income, established savings and achieved specific savings goals based on their income.
- 95% of families gained/maintained employment.
- 81% increased their income by specific target amounts.
In the last program year, 100% of families served made measurable progress toward their financial goals of:
- Securing employment
- Increasing income
- Saving at least 10% of their income
- Following a household budget
- Paying bills on time
- Accessing appropriate financial resources (including child support)
Furthermore, 80% fully achieved all of the financial targets set at the time of their enrollment.