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BOOST-Business Outreach Opportunities for Suspended Teens

Mission
The McDowell County Schools BOOST program seeks to offer opportunities for 6th-12th grade students to connect with their community through meaningful community service as an alternative to out of school suspension (OSS) and to increase a sense of duty to the community in our youth.

Goal
The goal is to prevent/decrease future suspensions/prevent repeat offenders and/or the student dropping out. Being suspended or expelled rises to the top as a significant predictor of dropping out of school.

BOOST Benefits:
The academic process is not interrupted because students receive homework assignments and spend a portion of the day completing assignments as directed by the BOOST Supervisor. Participants are not counted absent from school because a portion of the day is spent on academics.

Appreciation for community agencies and the services they provide is developed in the student. Students often receive personal satisfaction from giving back to the community.

Consultation with community agencies is established to assist students and families.

Services are coordinated with schools, families, community agencies, and businesses in order to best meet the needs of each student.