Action Teams are an integral part of Launch Manistee. The Action Teams are comprised of direct service providers and others who have contact or influence over identified priority areas. Action teams are charged with the “on the ground” work of the Network’s collaborative action. Through the use of action plans, these team members work on targeted initiatives for students and parents in support of the common agenda.
What can we achieve together that we cannot achieve apart?
Early Childhood Collaboration
The Early Childhood Collaboration is comprised of champions of Early Childhood, including educators, administrators, parents, and practitioners. The initial Launch Manistee Early Childhood Action Team joined with the Great Start Collaborative, the Manistee Intermediate School District’s Early On program, and the Human Services Coordinating Body (HSCB) Early Childhood Work Group to form one County-Wide Early Childhood group tasked with collaboration on goals, strategies, and initiatives to provide quality early childhood programming and services to parents and families. The Early Childhood Collaboration meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Following are the goal areas and priorities for Launch Manistee and the Early Childhood Collaboration:
Improve accessibility and options for preschool experiences
- Preschool Scholarship system development – including the formation of a sub-committee on preschool scholarships.
- Increasing accessibility and availability of Child Development and Care Monies.
- Common preschool curriculum tools with a delivery system including assessment and professional development.
- Parent education as to quality with home providers, preschool programs, advocacy, etc.
School Readiness Promotion
- Parent education regarding school readiness
- Information to parents/community regarding “what is school readiness” with common language
The Post-Secondary Action Team is comprised of area counselors, community members and representatives from higher education. This action team is tasked with 2 important goals : to increase the enrollment rate of Manistee County High school seniors into a post-secondary program and to increase the percentage of students and families who complete a Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). This collegial Action Team has developed and worked on such projects and initiatives such as College Application Month, County-Wide FAFSA completion event, the College Cash Campaign, and Decision Day. (Please see the Initiatives heading on this website for details and information regarding these initiatives). The Post-Secondary Action Team meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Retention and Persistence Action Team
The Retention and Persistence (RAP) Action Team was formed in spring of 2017 to look at ways to increase Manistee County students’ persistence and retention rates in post-secondary programming. During the 2017-18 school year, the RAP Action Team created and implemented a survey that was distributed to class of 2017 high school graduates from all six Manistee County school districts with the purpose of determining what class of 2017 graduates were doing (participating in the workforce, attending college, taking a gap year, etc) as well as what factors and experiences during high school were helping them reach their goals. The data from this survey was reviewed in spring of 2018 and will be revisited by the RAP Action Team in fall of 2018 to determine next steps.
The Career Readiness Action Team (ended)
The Career Readiness Action Team was comprised of representatives from higher education, workforce development and economic success, business and community, and other interested community members. This team was tasked with exploring and increasing local options for both education and training opportunities for Manistee County residents.
In March 2016, the compilation of the work of the Action Team was developed into a report titled Options and Participation for Postsecondary Education and Training for Manistee County