Project FOCUS (For Our Children's Ultimate Success) is an out-of-school program that implements mentoring, civic engagement, career and college preparation, social and emotional learning, high adventure, and academic enrichment activities. The mission of Project FOCUS is to produce quality, motivated citizens through safe and fun educational enrichment opportunities that will broaden the horizons of both the students and their community.
TrueNorth Community Services currently operates Project FOCUS under two different grants. The first is a 21st Century Learning Center Grant from the Michigan Department of Education. Those schools and locations include: Hart Public Schools (elementary and middle), Muskegon Heights Public Schools (elementary and middle), and Walkerville Public Schools (elementary, middle and high). Project FOCUS is also offered in Baldwin Community Schools (elementary), Hesperia Community Schools (elementary, middle, and high), and White Public Schools (elementary, middle, and high). These sites are made possible by a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation.
Working with the schools, Project FOCUS positively impacts families and helps to improve students' academic performance. The program offers age-specific and mixed group programming, cultural sensitivity, and mutual respect. The overriding strength lies in our integration with each school’s curriculum, community, and a friendly learning atmosphere that takes each child’s interests and uniqueness into account. If you have a student who attends school in one of our districts, falls within the grades noted, and would like to participate, please contact the specific school's site coordinator.