REEDSPORT, Ore. — Reedsport Community Charter School has received $10,000 from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (“CCO”) to develop a peer-to-peer mentoring project. The funds will be leveraged with other community resources to implement the On Track program to increase graduation rates and the number of students who attend college.
“We are delighted to receive this funding,” says Laura Davis, principal at Reedsport Community Charter School. “The On Track program will pair selected upper classmen with struggling ninth-graders to assist them in their studies. Successful graduation programs have shown that peer-to-peer mentoring programs are a valuable learning opportunity for everyone involved. Mentors will be given college scholarships for their voluntary efforts to mentor younger peers.”
Columbia Pacific CCO recently awarded $57,000 for seven projects as part of its Community Wellness Investment Fund. The Columbia Pacific CCO board of directors created the funding program to encourage innovation, collaboration and health care transformation in the communities it serves. The funds support programs that are sustainable and are aligned with each community’s priorities for addressing health inequities and gaps in service or care.
“Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities,” Davis says. According to the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the overall health of Douglas County is ranked No. 30 out of 33 Oregon counties. A report from the Centers for Disease Control states that “good education predicts good health; disparities in health and in educational achievement are closely linked. Education is one of the strongest predictors of health; the more schooling people have the better their health is likely to be.”