Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Programs for P-12 Students

Making Waves Foundation Helps Local HS Students

Sunday, November 01, 2015

In 2014, the City of Wilmington held a series of community forums to gather recommendations on ways to combat youth violence and UNCW-led task forces were created to research needs and address gaps in the areas of education, prevention and intervention, jobs and law enforcement.

Donyell Roseboro, chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education at the Watson College was facilitator of the Prevention of Youth Violence Task Force on Education. WCE professor Janna Robertson was also a member of the task force.

The committee recognized that access to transportation is a significant barrier that prevents many students from taking advantage of programs offered in the region, Roseboro said. In fall 2015, she teamed with Louise Hicks, director of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Cape Fear, to apply for grant funding to eliminate this barrier for area high school students.

In October, the Making Waves Foundation awarded CIS Cape Fear 400 one-ride bus passes for students and 200 two-ride passes for parents. The generous contribution for transportation assistance will enable students in need of remediation or individualized tutoring to stay after school and receive support from teachers at New Hanover and Laney high schools.

The Making Waves Foundation provides transportation fare subsidies to nonprofit agencies that provide assistance to members of the community in need and individuals who otherwise would not have access to transportation.  The foundation also aids the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, known as Wave Transit, in raising funds to promote and improve public transportation in Southeastern North Carolina. The foundation was created in 2010 by Wave Transit board members and staff.

For information on the foundation visit: www.wavetransit.com/foundation.aspx.

For information about Communities in Schools of Cape Fear visit: www.ciscapefear.org.