Kearns Promise

Promise Partners in Kearns work with United Way of Salt Lake in the neighborhoods surrounding two Community Schools: Kearns Jr. High and Oquirrh Hills Elementary. This area has a population of nearly 35,000 people. 35 percent of whom are children under the age of nineteen. Kearns has a high incidence of poverty with 37 percent of kids and families at or near the poverty level. About 75 percent of Oquirrh Hills and Kearns Junior High students utilize free or reduced-price school lunch. Academically, Kearns students are slipping through the cracks. Thirty percent of elementary school children are not reading on grade level and 45 percent of elementary and junior high students are below grade level in math. The graduation rate is starting, at just 67 percent.

Kearns' promise is to focus its efforts on providing the resources families need to thrive and develop a cradle to career pipeline that ensures children are on tract to succeed academically.

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KEARNS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS:

Kearns Junior High Community School

Oquirrh Hills Elementary Community School

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NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR

Stephanie Rokich stephanier@uw.org 801.736.7713

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Male Volunteers Needed--Big Brother

Contact: Call 2-1-1 for more information

Male Volunteers Needed to Help At-Risk Youth Ages 6 - 17. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah urgently needs male volunteers, ages 18 and over, to help a Little Brother experience what it's like to have a caring adult friend. Your one-on-one attention can give a boy much-needed confidence, ability to make better decisions, form appropriate values, value academic performance, family relationships, peer relationships and goals to help him succeed in life.


Homework Tutor- Boys & Girls Club

Contact: Stephanie Linton, 801.284.4260

Volunteers will help students correctly finish homework assignments, and help tutor in math and language arts. Start time and days of the week are flexible. Background check needed.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Contact: www.utahtaxhelp.org or dial 2-1-1 for more information

Community Action Partnership Utah: Help low-to-moderate income households keep more of what they earn, ensure the distribution of EITC and bring millions of dollars into our local economy by volunteering to help prepare and electronically send tax returns. Choice of online, self-study, and hands-on training sponsored by the IRS.